Music mentoring for disabled youngsters

Papworth Trust and Beat This have received funding to give music based mentoring to disabled youngsters.
Papworth Trust and Beat This have received funding to give music based mentoring to disabled youngsters.
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The National Foundation for Youth Music has awarded a grant of up to £19,990 to local charities Papworth Trust and Beat This to run a programme of music based mentoring to 20 disabled young people in Peterborough, March and Wisbech.

The project will initially support disabled young people (aged from 12 to 20) with a range of disabilities, including physical disabilities and learning and communication difficulties. The young people attend Papworth Trust’s holiday and youth clubs based in Cambridgeshire.

Youth workers from Papworth Trust will team up with music mentors from Beat This to deliver and teach skills including electronic music making, playing an instrument, song writing, singing, beat boxing, rapping and MCing.

The funding will also enable the charities to buy assistive and adaptive technologies, enabling them continue the project with many more disabled young people in the future. The project is on trial now at the youth clubs, and will launch in January 2014.

Rob Brierley is a Transitions Manager, and will lead the project for Papworth Trust.

He said:“This grant provides an amazing opportunity for lots of young people to get into making music for the first time. We are really grateful to the National Foundation for Youth Music, and we are excited to hear what the young people come up with.”

Papworth Trust supports 340 young people through its youth clubs and holiday clubs across the East of England. If you would like to make a donation to support this vital work please email fundraising@papworth.org.uk or call the fundraising team on 01480-357200.