Beginning in June 2018, we began The Lullaby Project-NL in partnership with Stella's Circle and the Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, NL.  Each Friday, we drove to Clarenville from St. John's, and spent the afternoon singing, composing, and writing, in addition to doing art and horticulture projects with the resident women.  A second phase of the Lullaby Project-NL was offered through the Just Us Women's Centre (Stella's Circle) in St. John's, weekly from January until April, 2019. A third project will be started in October, 2019 through Momma Moments in coordination with Choices for Youth in St. John's.

Who are we?
Jan and David Buley are professors in the
Faculty of Education at Memorial University. David leads classes in music education and Jan explores literacy and drama in education. We were offered a start-up grant of $1000 through the Office of Public Engagement at Memorial University and that money has been applied to the funding of writing and art supplies as well as weekly nutrition break snacks.

Amy Sheppard, a Social Worker from
Stella's Circle has also been with us each week assisting with the facilitation of this project.

The primary goals of the Lullaby Project partnership at the Clarenville Correctional Centre for Women are:

•to bolster the self-confidence of those involved in the program and see themselves as creative and capable
•to establish and nurture growing partnerships with individuals and organizations who may wish to contribute to a growing conversation around the importance for encouraging creative abilities through holistic arts-based approaches to promote the well-being of all
•to nurture the capacity of the participants to model and be loving and caring caregivers, grandparents, citizens
•to encourage or initiate caregiver-child attachment and bonding for pregnant women, new moms, grandparents and family members facing challenging emotional and social circumstances in their lives