In 2018 we began the Invisible Thread project. Working alongside the NHS, we piloted creative wellbeing groups for new mums and their babies in Gloucestershire that ere designed to improve maternal mental health and wellbeing.
The Invisible Thread Doorstep gigs are intimate acoustic performances featuring violin, guitar and song. Devised by Can’t Sit Still, these gigs are made to connect, uplift and celebrate new mums with babies up to 13 months old. The gigs are 15 minutes long and take place on doorsteps, in cul-de-sacs and outside blocks of flats. Families and neighbours are welcome to toe tap along.
In April 2021 our musicians performed to 107 mothers and babies, with over 100 family members, friends and neighbours also enjoying the sweet harmonies.
To all those who missed us this time - we see you. There's something you might want to watch below.
What you've managed to provide for us all has been beyond any expectation. I think it is such a huge testament that we all want to carry on meeting up, to continue to support each other and have a much needed giggle and place to be!
- Lucy, mum of Lillie. Participant of the Dursley wellbeing group, 2021.
Photos of the Spring 2021 Lydney wellbeing group. Photo credit: Lisa Whiting