Young people in Gloucestershire get their first taste of music thanks to Care UK grant

May 7, 2015

Young people in Gloucestershire are set to benefit from a Care UK wellbeing foundation grant. The foundation has given a grant of £1,600 to the People’s Pod, a youth group that meets twice a week in a portable building in Tetbury.

The group, which includes four youth workers, supports young people through education, activities and opportunities in a relaxed café-style environment. The grant will be used for a new music project at the pod aimed at building the self-confidence and skill levels of the young participants.

Project manager Mandy Scott said: “Thanks to the grant, each week for a year we will be able to hold one singing and one guitar lesson for up to 10 people at a time. We believe that not only will this be a fun and exciting opportunity but it will also increase the participants’ sense of wellbeing and confidence. Many of the young people involved are from less affluent backgrounds and have never had the opportunity to join in music lessons.

“As they develop their musical skills and creativity we hope they will have the opportunity to play at public events, which will not only help to build their confidence and life skills but will also give the community a chance to see what they have achieved.”

Belinda Moore, chair of the Care UK wellbeing foundation board, said: “Throughout Care UK’s services, whether they are aimed at young people, older people in our care homes or those at our mental health and learning disabilities services, we know that music provides a powerful way to increase people’s sense of self. It not only increases confidence and wellbeing but also it gives people a very powerful way to communicate.

“The wellbeing foundation board were delighted to be able to give so many young people the opportunity to find their voice through song and their confidence and expression through music.”