FREE Music Workshops in Staffordshire
Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to run a series of FREE Music Workshops for disabled children, and those with additional needs, across Staffordshire during the February Half Term holidays.
The fun packed sessions, delivered in partnership with Billy & Andy’s Music School, will take place at six venues across the county. Children and young people, up to the age of 18, will get the chance to play a number of instruments, take part in a karaoke session that uses a real band to sing along to, rather than a backing track, and play a number of musical related games.
The Music Workshops, also open to siblings, have been designed by the music school’s founders, Billy Payne and Andy Haines, to help participants express themselves through an exploration of music and sound.
The workshops have been funded by Staffordshire Council as part of their Aiming High programme, developed to provide disabled children with fun activities outside of school.
“Billy and Andy are not only fantastic musicians they are also creative technologists and are extremely familiar with working with children who have a disability or special educational need,” explained Becky Derri from Caudwell Children. “They have extensive experience of supporting children with a variety of conditions and they use a broad range of instruments and technologies to make music accessible, educational and fun.
“They’ve even hacked Wii Remotes and Xbox Rock Band Guitars and turned them all into real instruments which people can play and create music with. They’re brilliant, participants will have an amazing time.”
Billy is excited about delivering the workshops. As he enthused. “Music is something that should be open to everyone, regardless of ability, so we build our workshops around the people who attend them.
“We want the children and young people who come along to the sessions to discover their musical potential, and we try to foster a passion for music that anyone can benefit from.”
Becky says that many of the children that the charity supports have trouble expressing themselves and they struggle to interact with others. She believes that participants will benefit hugely from the musical workshops.
“The sessions will allow participants to express themselves in a different way,” said Becky. “They give a voice to children who may not be comfortable in another environment.”
It’s widely acknowledged that music, both playing it and listening to it, has numerous health benefits, both mentally and physically.
“The music workshops will also develop skills, confidence and self-esteem, whilst having fun,” continued Becky. “It’s also a great way to improve attention and listening skills, increase memory and problem-solving skills, and learn how to respond to others.”
Becky says taking part in one of Caudwell Children’s Short Break Activity Days also helps to reduce social isolation, boredom and anxiety, whilst encouraging communication.
“All the sessions will be inspiring, educational and interactive,” explained Becky. “With the array of musical instruments on show parents can be confident that their children will have a rewarding experience.”
Becky says that the charity’s activity days have always been extremely popular and is encouraging parents to get in touch as soon as possible as there are a limited number of places available.
The Music Workshops, which last for 2 ½ hours, will take place on the following dates/venues:
- Saturday 15th February, 2020, 2-30pm-5.00pm, Caudwell International Children’s Centre, Innovation Way, Keele Science & Innovation Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 5NT
- Sunday 16th February, 2020, 10.00am-12.30pm, Cheslyn Hay Village Hall, Nr Cannock, WS6 7HP
- Sunday 16th February, 2020, 2.00pm-4.30pm, Northfield Centre, Stafford, ST16 3BZ
- Saturday 22nd February, 2020, 10.00am-12.30pm, Whittington Village Hall, Lichfield, WS14 9LR
- Saturday 22nd February, 2020, 3.00pm-5.30pm, Queen Street Community Centre, Burton-upon-Trent, DE14 3LW
- Sunday 23rd February, 2020, 2.00pm-4.30pm, St Peter’s Church and Community Centre, Tamworth, B77 2HH
Parents and carers must stay with their children for the duration of the workshop. To be eligible the child with the special education need must live in Staffordshire.
For further information about the workshops call Becky on 01782 433613 or email email@example.com.
To book a place call Aiming High Staffordshire on 0300 111 8007.
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s Short Break Activity Days here.