The Out Loud Music CIC (Community Interest Company) has received £37,020 of funding raised through Health Lottery East and distributed by People’s Health Trust for their two-year project for young people with additional needs living in the Ipswich area.
The two-year project, iRock Weekend Workshops, is an extension of an existing weekly project that delivers weekly multimedia workshops for young people.
With the help of the funding raised through the Health Lottery, the project was able to deliver weekend music sessions during term time, as well as a summer camp that runs over five days during the school holidays. Activities at these sessions range from music creation, editing short films, DJ skills and a coding club.
“The funding has really helped the project stay afloat during these difficult times and enabled us to continue offering the additional support needed by these young adults.
Especially during these times where the young adults might feel more isolated during weekends in their homes, we are now able to be there for them and offer them online sessions where they can continue to learn and speak with their peers within the project” said Joe Bailey, Director of Out Loud Music CIC.
Throughout the pandemic, the project continued to support the young adults through online sessions, which also made way for more people to join the online sessions that reside in further locations and otherwise weren’t able to physically join the sessions.
“For instance, one of the new project members is based in rural Suffolk and is now able to attend due to the current online nature of the course. He experiences isolation and anxiety and also the recent death of his father. He has found the workshops a great relief and confidence booster.” Added Joe
Commenting on the project, Martin Ellice, Managing Director of the Health Lottery, said “with the people’s support, we are able to fund and help inspiring projects such as these and make sure they continue doing a great job and building their local communities.”.