kist o dreams was devised by Christina to encourage mothers, fathers, grannies and other carers of young children to sing lullabies to their children. Recognising that a song book or website along would only be useful to a limited number of people, she chose to make the lullabies themselves available. There's no need to be able to read music or look up song words in a book, or even have access to the internet, it's all there on the CD.
Initially, the project supplied free copies of the kist o dreams lullabies CD to new parents in the Highlands through the maternity units at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, the Birnie Child Development Centre sleep programme, some Health visitors and on parental request.
Funding only allowed so many copies to be produced for free distribution and to meet demand additional copies had to be produced and are now available commercially. As well as this, sufficient copies of the CD were donated to Highland Council's Library Service for one to be available in each of the local and mobile libraries throughout Highland Council's area.
The main funding for the project came from the You and Your Community Millennium Award scheme run by the Scottish Community Foundation. Comunn na Gàidhlig also made a financial contribution and Highland Council provided substantial help in kind through the involvement of Bob Pegg, Arts Worker for Community Learning and Leisure in Ross and Cromarty Area.
The You and Your Community Millennium Award Scheme was administered by the Scottish Community Foundation which supports people, charities and community groups that work to improve life in Scotland's communities by attracting public and private funding.
For more information on Comunn na Gàidhlig, visit their website http://www.cnag.org.uk/.