Combating Loneliness Together....one Uke at a time

by The London Ukulele Project in Richmond, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 26th July 2021 we successfully raised £7,088 with 197 supporters in 28 days

We need your support to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing in London and Glasgow through the power of music

by The London Ukulele Project in Richmond, England, United Kingdom

19/07/21 - With just ONE week to go we have added some fantastic new rewards. A practise journal, practise notepad and reward stickers, an additional t-shirt and tote bag design AND our mugs and CHOCOLATE! 

Our practise journal will look something like this and will include lots of great tips and exercises to keep you motivated and build confidence in your playing as well as pages for songwriting and journalling. 

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We are also really excited to have collaborated on our practice notepad artwork with another illustrator Rose Gordon. This is aimed more at children but can be used by anyone! 

We are also delighted to have collaborated with 'Ukulele Chocolate' a family run business in Northern Ireland. You can get your hands on one of our mugs and some yummy chocolate buttons!! Choose from 2 designs. 

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What is The London Ukulele Project?

The London Ukulele Project is a Community Interest Company whose aim is to use the ukulele to help combat loneliness and promote wellbeing. Research shows that relationships are built faster and stronger if they are founded on a shared experience.

As well as running our own classes we support schools, teachers and community leaders by donating ukuleles and helping to provide tuition. Since its beginnings in December 2018 the LUP has donated over 200 ukuleles to schools and community groups across London and to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Wandsworth.

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What are you supporting? 

  • Schools - The donation of nine sets of thirty ukuleles to 5 schools in London and 4 schools in Glasgow......... A total of 270 ukuleles! 
  • More Community classes – The donation of sets of ukuleles and the provision of trusted ukulele teachers to enable classes to be run by community groups in North London, Berkshire and Glasgow  ie. enabling Age UK in Bromley and in Greenwich to run ukulele beginner classes for the carers of their clients who have Dementia. 


  • More SEND settings – The donation of more ukuleles to Community groups who work with adults and children identified as having additional needs. 
  • Parent for Baby Classes in South West and North London – Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, can be an anxious and overwhelming time. Running classes to teach parents how to play soothing, calming tunes is beneficial to both parent and new-born baby.


  • Universities - In recent studies 17–22-year-olds were identified as feeling the most isolated age group. To help combat this we will: Set up Ukulele societies on campus in 3 universities - 2 in London and 1 in Glasgow. Donate ukuleles to university Libraries allowing students to 'check' out a ukulele, as they would a book. 
  • Teachers Workshops – to help us to launch our teachers workshops and gain CPD accreditation.


  • Art Awards – to help us professionally design our own booklets to advise and support schools and teachers on using ukulele and singing to achieve Discover and Explore Art Awards.

A visual of what you are supporting:

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Some examples of our work so far:

Lesley has 1622283934_75339676_1714799285317140_9126164634749894656_n.jpgbeen part of a folk group meeting weekly to sing. This was her community until she was diagnosed with Spasmodic dysphonia a condition that causes the voice box to vibrate making it difficult to talk and, most devastatingly for Lesley, to sing. After a 6-week beginners ukulele course, run by us for Age UK Richmond, she found a new voice. She now has the confidence to play with her folk group again. She also has another club to attend and many more ukulele playing friends!

Genesis is 6 years old and has autism. He is an extremely 1622320666_guitar_smile_may_2021.jpgtalented musician and artist. Through the London Ukulele Project Genesis is working on an Explore Arts Award, which is an entry level arts qualification. We meet weekly via Zoom thanks to Otakar Kraus Music Trust. He has made loads of friends in the group even though they have never met in person. His mother Sandra sent this photo to me with the caption 'Just an image of Happiness when he plays his ukulele

1623672548_img_8019.jpgThis wonderful card was made by the Year 5's at The Russell School in Richmond. We donated a set of ukuleles to them in 2019 and they have just recorded a video for us as part of the Ukulele Festival of Hawaii. Our aim with schools is to build a long-term relationship by including them in events or challenges and helping teachers by providing our fun and engaging easy to use resources. So far we have donated nearly 300 ukuleles to 13 schools across London.

Meet the Team

1622225621_60741776_1536353343161736_7368720032190169088_n.jpgHello! I'm Tara Maysey, founder of The London Ukulele Project CIC, music teacher, mother and people enthusiast. I am also a qualified Arts Award Advisor. I have been teaching ukulele for 9 years to students from 3-87 years-old and have witnessed first-hand the strong friendships that grow through learning to play the instrument.  As well as teaching in a primary school, I run a ukulele group and beginner classes for Age UK Richmond. The group has performed at local fairs and events and even at the prestigious Half Moon pub in Putney. I also run classes via Zoom for the Otakar Krauss Music Trust, working with children and young adults with additional needs. The LUP is currently funding and supporting a group of them to work towards the Explore Arts Awards.

Hello! I am Sarah Farren, I am delighted to have 1622279098_screenshot_2021-05-28_at_21.59.07.jpgbecome the newest member of the Ukulele Project. I cannot wait to continue the amazing work already being carried out in London, but up here in sunny Scotland!I am a passionate ukulele teacher in Glasgow, I work with Village Music in East Kilbride as their ukulele tutor and I also work with schools and local communities in spreading the ukulele love! What excites me most about joining the Ukulele Project is being able to share my passion for teaching and love of music with others in a way that will benefit our wellbeing, and contribute to a more joyful society!

1623685602_screenshot_2021-06-14_at_16.45.52.jpgJustine Abri-Hodder has experienced first-hand the wonders of the ukulele and its ability to build communities having built her own when she started playing the ukulele during the first lockdown. She has fully embraced the ukulele world and has an amazing following on Instagram due to her wonderful playing and bubbly personality. Justine is hoping to run some classes in Berkshire and is helping us with our social media.

P1622366056_screenshot_2021-05-30_at_10.06.53.jpgaul Mansell is a ukulele teacher, composer and extremely talented ukulele player. Paul has released three successful books 'Classical Uke' 'Ukulele School' and together with Tony Mizen '2Kulele'. He has also released an album 'Me, My Ukulele and I' 

Paul has approached ukulele players from all over the world to write a piece for the instrument which he has put together in a book 'First Ukulele Pieces'. The fantastic artists that have contributed include: James Hill, Sam Muir, Colin Tribe, Tony Mizen, Donald Bousted, Matthew Quilliam, Laurence Diehl, Mark Witney, Jim Beloff, Choan Galvez, Mike Haysom, Roland Prakken, Matt Stead, Phil Doleman, Mike Holland, Arden Fujiwara, Stephen Godsall, Giovanni Albini, Christopher Davies Shannon, Matt Warnes, Sally Carter, Morgana Creely, Cathy Welsford, Mika Kane, Fabrizio Nastari, Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Lindsay Higgs and Paul himself!  

Now is your opportunity to pre-order a LIMITED EDITION copy with 5 additional pieces! You can also pre-order the book as a downloadable pdf at a reduced price of only £9! 

We are extremely grateful that all of the profits from the sale of the book and pdf will come to us.

1622369574_79309424_1740457469417988_7352285868113002496_n.jpgMona and Roly Pope are dedicated students and volunteers. This photograph was taken at Waterloo Station where we busk every Christmas to fulfil our aim of bringing people together and raise money for charities. 

1623687606_image0.jpegArianne Belfield is 11 years old and an accomplished ukulele player. She is also an extremely talented artist. We asked Arianne what playing the ukulele meant to her and to express it in a piece of artwork which will be the design for our 2021 merchandise. We absolutely LOVE what she came up with and with the help of Nadia Farronato, a graphic designer (who designed our logo) we think it all looks FANTASTIC!

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Rewards 

We have rewards in return for your donation from £5-£500 

For INTERNATIONAL shipping please add the requested amount as a donation at the checkout. Unfortunately this is the only option available to us! Thank you 

These are photos of what the merchandise items will look like. 

'Music Makes Me Feel?' Tote Bags  £10

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'Music Makes Me Feel?' T-shirts £20

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read all about the London Ukulele Project, most importantly, thank you so much for your support!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£18 or more

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First Ukulele Pieces,

Pre-order a LIMITED EDITION of our AMAZING new book that is being put together by Paul Mansell. Features 5 ADDITIONAL pieces! 31 pieces donated by International Ukulele Artists including Sam Muir, James Hill, Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Tony Mizen (see the full list in the main page) Fantastic pieces for all players but aimed at Beginner/Intermediate melody players.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

THANK YOU! From the bottom of our hearts and sound holes thank you so much for supporting our project.

£9 or more

First Ukulele Pieces - downloadable pdf

Pre-order a downloadable pdf of the amazing new book put together by Paul Mansell for just £9 (RRP £12) 31 pieces donated by International Ukulele Artists including Sam Muir, James Hill, Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Tony Mizen (see the full list in the main page) Fantastic pieces for all players but aimed at Beginner/Intermediate melody players. Aiming to be published at the beginning of December.

£10 or more

'Music Makes Me Feel' Tote Bag

Be the first to get your hands on our 2021 Tote bags designed by 11 year old ukulele student Arianne. Perfect for your shopping or as a handy music bag for all your sheet music and practice books. RRP £12

£10 or more

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Practise Sheets Notepad & Reward Stickers

Pre-order our Practise Sheet notebook. With enough for a school year with extra for the holidays we are super excited to be working on this fun and accessible notepad to encourage your students/children to practise without really realising! Room for you or your teacher to set weekly tasks after each lesson which you can tick off. Includes reward stickers perfect for motivaiton and confidence builidng. Artwork by illustrator Rose Gordon.

£10 or more

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Tote Bag - Jake Smithies Design

Be the first to get your hands on our 2nd 2021 Tote bag design. This time by the fabulous Jake Smithies. Perfect for your shopping or as a handy music bag for all your sheet music and practice books. RRP £12

£15 or more

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Mugs & Chocolate!!

An opportunity to get your hands on one of our mugs! PLUS some extra yummy chocolate buttons (milk, white or mix) from Ukulele Chocolate! Choose between our 2 designs. Please send us a message to request which colour if ordering our 'Helps me Practice Mugs'. Postage within the UK is included, please add an extra £5 for international postage Thank you!

£20 or more

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'Music Makes Me Feel?' T-shirt

Our LIMITED EDITION 'Music Makes Me Feel?' t-shirts are designed by 11-year-old Arianne. For sizing, please scroll to the bottom of the project description. Our children's t-shirts will include a badges and stickers set! UK postage included. For international postage please add an additional donation of £5 at checkout. Thank you!

£20 or more

Donate a Ukulele

Donate a ukulele to go to either a school, university library or community group

£20 or more

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Practise Journal

We believe in building confidence! and so often our students don't take the time to acknowledge the achievements they have made. It is also very easy to get practise overwhelm! Pre-order our 3-month journal that will include lots of practise tips and tricks and will include some fun exercises and challenges to help build confidence and stay motivated. The cover art has been designed by Jake Smithies of the ukulele band Dead Mans Uke.

£20 or more

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T-shirt - Jake Smithies Design

Why not grab another stylish T-shirt to accompany your practise journal with this fab design of a very happy chap playing his ukulele whilst on a bike! Designed by Jake Smithies who as well as being an illustrator is an amazing bass and ukulele player and is one half of Dead Man's Uke and can also be found playing with the Bad Mouse Orchestra. UK postage included. For international postage please add an additional donation of £5 at checkout.

£36 or more

1 year's Community Patronage

Become a community patron but, instead of paying £3 a month, pay for a year upfront. Access a host of videos, song sheets and challenges. The resources are added to every month.

£96 or more

1 year's School's Patronage

Give one year's access to our teaching resources to a school/community group of your choice, or ours. Patronage includes 1 place at our Teacher's workshop as well as access to loads of song sheets, videos and lesson plans.

£150 or more

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Teambuilding!

Fancy something a little different in your office lunch break?! If you are based in London or Glasgow, we can come armed with ukuleles for a one hour team building/wellbeing session. Expanding the mind through learning a new instrument, and sharing making music together are a couple of obvious outcomes; by far the most significant though, is that it is FUN!

£500 or more

Sponsor a School Set

Give 30 ukuleles in cases and unlimited access to our resources to a school either in London or Glasgow (please state if you have a preference) The sponsorship would be given in your name and likely rewarded with home-made thank you cards and some extremely happy and grateful children.

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