Volunteers bring the power of music to seriously ill people across the globe
Media students and staff volunteer to film and live stream music concerts to bring the joy and healing powers of live music to children and adults who can’t physically attend concerts because of long term illnesses or life limiting conditions. They are part of the UK team of the Melodic Caring Project, a charity originally established in America.
This International Volunteers Day, volunteers from Chesterfield College tell us about the multiple benefits that working on the Melodic Caring Project brings. They highlight how volunteering on your doorstep can make such a huge difference on an international scale at the same time as developing their own skills.
Working alongside artists such as Jools Holland, Lucy Spraggan, Jake Bugg and Claire Teal, plus many more, the volunteers have brought moments of joy to seriously ill people, and their families here in the UK, in the US and as far afield as Japan. The artists give personal messages of support to those watching the live stream, who are named as rockSTARS for the night.
Kai Undrell, second year media student from Chesterfield College said:
“Being part of this project gives me such heart-warming satisfaction. Knowing that what we are doing is enhancing the life quality of children and adults across the world is just wonderful. The responsibility of making sure we get it right for the rockSTARS and their families, who are going through so much is huge but the job satisfaction is massive.”
First year media student, Andrew Haslam told us:
“It fills me with joy to know that I am doing something good for the community here in the UK and further afield. It is really rewarding to know that a skill I am developing is making such a difference and it has helped me to discover what I want to do in the future.”
Hear more about what it’s like to be a Melodic Caring volunteer from the volunteers.