Music and Mentors in Kilburn

04 September 2014

Young people from the Alexandra and Ainsworth estates in Kilburn, north-west London, are taking part in music technology courses through ARC music studios in Kilburn, and learning teaching skills to allow them to share their new abilities with their peers.

Thanks to investment of £47,099 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthHope through The Health Lottery, ARC music studios is providing qualifications and work experience for young people not in education or employment, and those that are at risk of leaving school without any qualifications.

Jane Lee, project coordinator, said: “Young people not only gain practical skills from Music and Mentors, but also raise their level of confidence and self-esteem so that they can make a positive contribution to their local community – who in turn benefit from a music showcase when the project finishes. The young people’s families will come together at the end of the year for an awards ceremony to celebrate their sons, daughters, and siblings achieving a qualification.”

Local young people attending the sessions decided to arrange an end of year community showcase as they wanted to show their siblings and families as well as the local community their talent, and prove that they are capable of organising an event and achieving a qualification.

Support around CV development, volunteering, training, apprenticeships and employment is also provided by the group, as well as counselling on family problems and drug and alcohol abuse.

Lewis Neophytou, a young person currently attending Music and Mentors, said: “After completing the first part of the course I am now mentoring young people from the new group. I've been surprised at how much I have enjoyed passing on my skills to them, and because they are trying to get to the same place as me, they have responded very well. With all the distractions and negative things going on in the area, Music and Mentors gives you a place to be, and something to keep you motivated.”

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s HealthTrust, said: “Music and Mentors really is a great idea. Young people have the chance to learn skills that they’re interested in, and then pass these skills on to others, benefiting the wider community in a big way. We couldn’t be happier to fund this project.”

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