Under 5s in Blackburn set to benefit from grant award

The Bureau Centre for the Arts awarded £30,000 to develop a music programme for pre-school children with their families.

The Bureau Centre for the Arts in Blackburn has been awarded £30,000 by the National Foundation for Youth Music to develop Shared Sounds, a new programme of musical activity for young children from birth to the ages of 5 with their parents and carers.

The funding was to enable  weekly music sessions at the Bureau on Penny Street for twelve months from April 2020, led by partner organisation, Note Weavers CIC.  The current socially-distanced world means that The Bureau is  having to re-structure the project and develop new ways of supporting young families to take part in music activities.

Instead the project will be starting with weekly Facebook live sessions at 10am on Tuesday mornings from June 23rd with songs, rhymes and musical games for young children with their families. You can take part live or check out The Bureau’s Facebook events page and  Youtube channel.

Sorrel Harty (pictured) who will be leading the sessions says ‘All young children love to sing and respond to music. These sessions will enable families to share fun activities which support both early musical development and wider learning.’

Many of the children and young people supported by the national charity Youth Music face significant challenges in their lives. These may arise from poverty, disability, illness or mental health issues and other life circumstances such as being a carer or refugee. Youth music supports 75,000 children and young people every year.

The funding will also enable The Bureau to offer music sessions to under 5s in different community groups and to provide training to music leaders and early years practitioners to lead music activities in their settings. 

Sue Ridyard, Shared Sounds project manager from The Bureau said ‘If you are interested in finding out more, do get in touch for additional information. We welcome conversations about how we can develop this programme in new ways which reflect the reality of the new Covid19 world we are working in, and we want to reach out to as many people as possible.’

info@bureaublackburn.co.uk    www.bureaublackburn.co.uk   01254 664215

Shared Sounds is supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.”

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