Project Team:
When a parent is sent to prison, it can be said that ‘the family serves a sentence of their own’. The parent at home may be left to look after the family on their own; they might need to tell the children stories about why mum or dad is now a road trip away. Cut off from their loved ones, the imprisoned parent isn’t able to do the school run, play with their child, or help with the homework – all the little things that bring a family closer together. With In Tune, we create a space within prison where parents can be parents, and children can be children, despite this big disruption to family life.

We try to get the balance right in each session, giving families the space to catch up, but also providing a range of different musical activities they can take ownership of and enjoy together.

Working with multiple families at the same time, it can get a bit noisy, but it’s always a lot of fun. On any given In Tune session families will sing and play along to well known songs, write their very own nursery rhymes and do the odd bit of arts and crafts as well. Our approach helps bring families closer together, where the focus is on what they can make as a group, not where they find themselves. One Dad in HMP Barlinnie said:

“The strain on the family and the kids in the other visit room…you become a stranger in that other visit room but this allows you to build the relationship up that you don’t get to do normally. It’s quality if you ask me!”

It might seem small on the surface, but In Tune helps those in prison to play a positive role in their young child’s development, supporting families to connect and communicate in new ways, all the while strengthening vital relationships as we make a glorious racket together.

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