Giving young people a voice through music

Music making in Hertfordshire PNL-151030-130522001
Music making in Hertfordshire PNL-151030-130522001

A music project for isolated young people that’s set to take place next year has netted a £30,000 grant.

National charity Youth Music has awarded the funds to Herts County Council Youth Connexions for a life-enhancing music project called Bridges2beats.

Youth Connexions supports young people to improve their outcomes and make a successful transition into adult life.

The project is designed to bring together young people who may feel isolated, or whose circumstances mean they find it difficult to progress. It is aimed at three specific groups of young people – those facing economic deprivation, young people from minority ethnic communities and unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees.

The programme will be delivered in high-quality music studios and will be open to participants from Hertsmere, Dacorum, Broxbourne, St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield.

It is expected to last for 18 months, and benefit about 100 young people aged 16 to 21.

Cabinet member for children’s services Richard Roberts said: “Making music is known to be of immense value for people from all backgrounds. This grant will mean we can bring together diverse groups of young people to help them express themselves through music.”

Simon Wright, youth work development worker at Youth Connexions, said: “We’re delighted that Youth Music is supporting our Bridges2beats project which will give targeted groups of young people across Hertfordshire the chance to improve their mental wellbeing through high-quality music making.

“Giving these young people a voice through live music events where they showcase music they have created will help them overcome a number of issues they are facing, creating positive outcomes that stretch far beyond their musical development.”