We’re thrilled to have been awarded £71,000 of National Lottery funding, through Youth Music and supported by Arts Council England, to run a two-year music project for young people and adults living in disadvantaged areas in the Waveney and Suffolk Coastal districts.
We know that making music can make a huge difference to people’s lives. Rock On will explore ways of bringing people together through a shared love of music, helping them to develop their skills, build relationships, gain confidence, and improve their self-esteem.
We’re running the new project, Rock On, in partnership with Access Community Trust, and aiming it at people between 11 – 25.
Rock On will offer regular rock, pop and DJ-ing music sessions in youth clubs in Lowestoft as well as specially developed music programmes in a youth club in Saxmundham and three housing support programmes run by Access Community Trust in Suffolk.
Regular music sessions are now available on alternate Tuesdays at The Globe Youth Club in Lowestoft.
Sessions are informal and relaxed, and always start from the musical interests of the young person. Typically, a session will include: a ‘pick-up-and-play’ period, for participants to try out different instruments; a one-to-one mentoring session, to help develop skills; and a band practice period, bringing the group together to share skills and techniques. Suffolk Artlink will also give young people the opportunity to perform, and the chance to gain an Arts Award.
All the instruments are provided, and everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to more experienced musicians.
Sessions in the housing support programmes will be on offer from May, starting at Coppice Court in Lowestoft. They aim to engage families with young children aged 3 to 16 and young parents with babies up to 3 years old and will focus on building relationships.
As well as National Lottery funding, the project has also been generously supported by Suffolk Community Foundation and The Jay Singers.