In Tune is our family music making project with families with a Dad in prison.
To coincide with the 2016 BBC Children In Need campaign, BBC Radio Scotland have been playing a short piece fronted by Bryan Burnett recorded in the project, highlighting the importance of In Tune to prisoners and their families, particularly their children. You can hear the piece streaming here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04gfcxs
The Evening Times have also picked up on the story and run a short piece here: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14908597.Prison_dads_writing_songs_for_their_children_with_Glasgow_music_project/
In Tune is currently funded by Children In Need to run in two Scottish Prisons – HMP Barlinnie and HMYOI Polmont. It is a joy of a project to be involved in – being part of a project with families making music together, having fun and making positive memories together is so life-giving. And hearing the songs that imprisoned dads have written for their children is pretty special too. You can read some more detail about the project and hear some of these songs on our In Tune page here: www.voxliminis.co.uk/in-tune
BBC Children in Need have also been involved in making a documentary called Prison, My Parent & Me which was broadcast on Tuesday night on BBC1. It is a brilliant piece, highlighting the challenges of the unknowns the prison system throughs a child into, the realities of visiting, the stigma a child of a prisoner might face, and the losses they encounter. It’s well worth a watch to understand the whole issue more : http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0834tmt/prison-my-parents-me
Talking about In Tune, Children In Need National Head Dr Mary Duffy said:
“The children of prisoners can be affected in deep and long term ways by the imprisonment of a parent, and are often also dealing with many other challenges in their family circumstances. This is a hard area of work but the right support can be transformational. We are delighted to fund Vox Liminis in its work pushing boundaries and stretching aspirations for some of these most disadvantaged of Scotland’s children.”