In year 4 of this project, we engaged with 126 young people across south Wales, working in partnership with some key organisations. We worked with Barnardo's and Youth services in four youth clubs across Blaenau Gwent. The project aimed to promote their independence and reduce the social isolation of young people who had a learning disability, physical disability and/or Autistic spectrum disorder. We delivered weekly sessions in African-Drumming, song-writing, compilation, recording and animation. The participants wrote and performed their song "No Matter What" and generated an accompanying animated video. These were performed in front of over 70 parents and invited guests.
We also worked with the Blaenau Gwent 'detached team,' delivering DJ and Rap workshops on the street corners. This coaxed the young people back into a youth club environment. In Newport, we delivered sessions with Bettws Communities First and the Aspire project based in Ringland Youth club. We also worked extensively with Newport Community Development and Lliswerry High School who had created an alternative learning curriculum for young people excluded from school, who found it difficult to learn/cope within a mainstream environment. We worked in partnership with Monmouthshire Housing to deliver rhythm, music tech & DJ workshops aimed to promote independence and reduce social isolation. Finally we delivered the same project in Caerphilly (with Catch 22) and in Merthyr Tydfil (Dowlais Communities First) to support young people with SEN, low basic skills, and those with behavioural issues through song writing and performance.