No Strings Attached (Scotland) are an independent charity committed to providing opportunities for young people living with asthma, to both better manage their asthma and help to more fully participate in all that life can offer through the arts.
No Strings Attached (Scotland) wanted to build on their successful pilot programme with the Self Management Fund, and their strong evaluation made it clear that they would benefit from a dedicated Development Worker to help take forward their work sustainably and develop their growing partnerships.
‘We wanted to take our work to the next stage, opening things up to more families not just those whose children attend one school’ – Fiona Garrett
No Strings Attached (Scotland) were keen to have a dedicated worker that parents, young people, teachers and health professionals could contact, meet with and feel comfortable with. They were also keen to develop a digital music resource that could be downloaded to support aspects of the programmes that encouraged young people to share good breathing techniques, muscle control and asthma amangement.
No Strings Attached (Scotland) are an independent charity committed to providing opportunities for young people living with asthma, to both better manage their asthma and help to more fully participate in all that life can offer through music and the arts.
‘Parents noticed a huge difference in the informtaion and understanding that they had about inhaler techniques and asthma management from other parents’ – Fiona Garrett
The Development Worker has been able to work closely with the Board of No Strings Attached (Scotland) and promote their service with the local Partnership Teams in Glasgow, Health Improvement Teams, through Strategic Youth Health Networks, with Asthma UK Scotland and carers organistions and with other schools. No Strings Attached (Scotland) have been able to maximise the opportunities to engage with a variety of people and organisations to look at future funding, potential developments and vital partnerships.
‘Securing the Development Fund gave us some good credibility to approach other trusts to support our work’ – Fiona Garrett
As a small orgnaistion, No Strings Attached have found networking with other projects and organiastions linked to LTCAS extremely helpful. Meeting up with sharing experiences with other people and projects has been great as ‘peer support’ for the Development worker, but has also had benefits for the young people and teachers who have been able to perform and showcase their talents. Bringing people together has really helped to foster additional links and possibilities.
‘We’ve had opportunities to let other people and organisations see what we do, and we’re really pleased they’ve been able to see our potential in helping manage asthma and improving confidence’– Fiona Garrett
No Strings Attached (Scotland) are focused on the future, looking at different funding and procurement options which would allow them to capitalise on their social value, developing new markets to support their sustainability. They are using the lessons they have learnt so far to remain flexible, adapting to new suggestions and diversifying their funding for the long term, while maintaining what they do well.
‘Some of the young people we supported initially are still with us, inspiring others and making the most of their musical talents’– Fiona Garrett
For more information please visit http://asthmamusic.org.uk/