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Musical Bin Dippers

It’s the first time she’s been out the house and met other children

It’s got me connected with the Menphys Centre and what’s going on

The music is so calming

I was really anxious about coming the first week, but now I love coming and have even brought a friend I recommended it to.

The Musical Bin Dippers project at South Wigston was formed in response to the need in the area for activities for parents and young children. The team wanted to tie it in with the area’s heritage, in particular the garment industry, and help people feel a sense of pride in their area’s past and its skills and traditions.

The project ran at Menphys Hub in South Wigston in November and December 2020 and was delivered by Babygigs, a local social enterprise run by professional musicians, who have created a series of sessions that celebrate the heritage of South Wigston, linking back to the projects aim

Despite Covid restrictions and a second national lockdown the project reached 17 children and 13 parents/carers over the six weeks. For many tots born in lockdown it was the first time they had socialised outside their families; for parents who didn’t even get antenatal classes it was the first chance to meet other local parents. The music and art activities inspired our parents and children who often continued them at home, involving older siblings in puppet making for instance. Some people started listening to classical music for the first time, having discovered it’s calming effect on their little ones.

All of the parents and carers who attended reported they were more connected with each other and the local community, particularly the Menphys Hub and are eager to start a playgroup so they can continue to socialise with their children. Seeing the happiness on the faces of both adults and children each week and hearing how it has improved their wellbeing has made this is truly special project.

If you are interested in joining or running a playgroup at Menphys Hub, South Wigston please contact Helen Murray helen.murray@leics.gov.uk

We hope you enjoy watching the Musical Bin Dippers film!

Click here to read Eleanor’s blog about this project