On the 28 June, Make Some Noise celebrated four years of music and movement sessions for Armed Forces families during Armed Forces Day celebrations. As part of the day, free Upbeat music and movement sessions for families with toddlers we offered in Staffordshire Place in partnership with the Staffordshire County Council and the Staffordshire Covenant Partnership.

Make Some Noise have been supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and provide their Upbeat music and movement sessions for forces families at MOD Stafford.

UpBeat delivers free specialist early years’ music and movement activities to families who live on military barracks. The weekly sessions are designed to respond to the need of families with children under 5 who feel isolated due to deployment or personnel serving on tours. They help support and develop the social, personal and emotional outcomes for these military families.

Programme Development Officer for Make Some Noise, Cat Crown said:

“We have been thrilled with the uptake of Upbeat in Stafford, and are proud to support the Covenant going forward. Upbeat is a fantastic way for children to learn through music and movement and for families to come together with activity that is fun – we hope to continue this fun for forces families for years to come.”

UpBeat sessions are even spreading into the home. The children are teaching their parents our songs when return from tour. Our UpBeat resources are helping parents to spend quality time singing and dancing together, building those important strong attachments as early as possible.

One of the family members said:

The group has developed my god daughter’s speech, movement, confidence and lots, lots more. Every aspect of her development has been helped by her attending your Upbeat sessions.”

If you are an armed forces families or know of an armed forces that would like to join in, follow us on facebook, drop us a message or give us a call on 01785 278 454.