Music workshops targeted at young people and those with learning disabilities in Bristol have received a boost after the project won new funds from the CareTech Foundation.

The Bristol Sound Project aims to get more young people and those with special educational needs involved in music. It offers music workshops that encourage self-development, increase confidence, challenge stereotypes and offer the opportunity to express their own voice and creative self.

Music Project receives funding boost for children with special educational needs
3 young people at their first performance for the South Glos awards 2016

The project has been working in partnership with The You Foundation for over four years and have found that their music sessions bring great benefit to those taking part. The workshops promote positive mental health, with young people able to express their emotions and thoughts through the process of their own personal creative skills.

Staple Hill, where the project is based, is among the 25% most deprived areas nationally. The project aims to run 48 sessions a year which will work with over 350 young people from a range of backgrounds, supporting their wellbeing, creativity and personal skills.

Music Project receives funding boost for children with special educational needs
George supporting a young person to write his experiences into lyrics

George, one of the service users, said:

“The community studio I attended opened a door for me, and many others in my local area being able to learn to use technical equipment and to be creative and productive with our time.

“We’re hugely grateful to the CareTech Foundation for this grant of £2,500 which will mean the project can continue this much-needed project in our local community. It will have a lasting positive impact on the lives of young people like me and help a generation learn new skills for the future.”

Jonathan Freeman, Chief Executive of the CareTech Foundation said:

“I know how beneficial creating music and performing with others can be, not just for people with special educational needs but for everyone. The skills and creativity that this project is giving the young people of Bristol will stay with them throughout their lives. So we’re proud to be playing a part in supporting this project’s fantastic work.”