Thirteen young people aged 11 – 16 from Poole have been taking part in monthly music workshops specifically for those in care. Local musician Simon Skolfield has been running the sessions to encourage creativity and build confidence by offering the group new and sometimes challenging experiences.
The group have been inspired to learn new instruments and conquer the technicalities of sound engineering. Individuals that were disengaging at school have thrived by playing peer mentoring roles and supporting others.
Such brilliant musical progression has led to beneficial performances representing Kidz in Care to large audiences. These events have provided a vehicle to raise awareness of the issues these young people may face and showing how projects like this help. Such a positive endorsement has put Poole Kidz in Care firmly on the map.
As a collective the young people are planning to continue with the club and write an album to add to the 3 songs that they have already produced, ‘Freedom, Feeling Good and Give Me a Reason.’ They will be showcasing these at Bournemouth University on the 24th April as part of the Poole Kidz in Care annual report. They have also been booked in at the Poole Children in Care Awards Ceremony at Upton House on the 30th May.