The local communities that we would like to work in are within the most deprived 10% of the index of multiple deprivation and as such present with complex and challenging issues.
Those we will work with will typically have low self-esteem, low confidence, emotional issues and sometimes poor mental health. Our work is inclusive of children and young adults with physical and/or lifelong learning disabilities. Participants are fully supported, regardless of their abilities and undertake activities to promote an increase in confidence and build their self-belief that together they can achieve their goals.
These activities improve resilience and give them tools that will empower them and help them to cope more effectively with life’s challenges. To assist in engagement, we provide a fun colourful inviting space, that is fully supported, safe, free from judgement and a break from the outside world.
We use a creative counselling approach, supported by trained counsellors where the participants are free to express their feelings and emotions if they choose. The need for 1:1 counselling can be identified and follow-up sessions provided separately.
We engage with children and young people by offering music, arts, dance and DJ activities to stimulate and promote inclusion - giving them an interest and social interaction which can be taken into the wider local community. They can experiment with playing, making, recording music and creative drawing ideas in synergy with each other - using music technology and art materials to express their emotions for their personal development and growth.
They also have the ability to dance and sing to favourite songs which increases movement, health and stimulation. These activities give a sense of belonging and connectedness. It also develops their ability to work together as a team and utilise the new skills they learn.
The workshop will utilise connected iPads and DJ controllers connected and synced through a PA system which gives the opportunity to make music with other young people together in a fun music jam which they can also dance to, expressing their emotions. The iPads are also used to undertake creative drawing and design of a CD Cover, Inlay Card with title/logo and image which can be printed in the workshop.
Music is a means of expression that connects people, invokes emotions and bridges cultures, genders and generations. Music is a universal language and use of it can be a fun way of building confidence and learning new skills. It can also be a way of the participant accessing much needed counselling services whilst having fun.
The funding provided will go towards running 48 workshops throughout the year at charitable venues such as Wishing Well Project, YMCA and Acorn Centre.