Earlier this year (2015) we were approached for funding support for two kids’ music workshops in Bristol. The workshop organiser Kate Williams told us the two holiday music workshops would take place in August 2015 and were aimed at introducing music & learning to children between the ages of 5 and 13 years.
We were delighted to have been approached for support and we were able to donate £850 out the main Joe Strummer Foundation fund to go towards the production of these two workshops.
Kate Williams has reported back with the following update, that we wanted to share with you.:
“Can I just take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for kindly donating £850. to be used towards 2 free children’s music workshops. Your support of this project is greatly appreciated.
The two holiday music workshops took place in August 2015 and were attended by 60 children (28 in one group and 32 in the other). The children attending were aged between 5-13 years. Both groups were based in disadvantaged areas of Bristol.
Primarily the workshops offered inner city children the opportunity to experience and explore new activities. There were many hands-on activities and the children were able to access loads of different materials and resources to play and learn with.”
Feedback from participating clubs included the following:
“The workshops exceeded our expectations. There were loads of different activities and they were all really well thought out.”
“They were brilliant fun – the kids loved it!”
“All children were engaged, which is unusual for a holiday club activity. It appealed to a range of ages.”
“Couldn’t think of anything to improve – great as it was.”
“Really happy to see that the BAND Bristol workshops were so well received by the youngsters who took part. These workshops go along way to bringing people together at such young age through hands on musical experience.” – Jamie Webb, The Joe Strummer Foundation, Charity Coordinator
The Joe Strummer Foundation was set up by friends and family a year after Joe’s passing and our mission is to give opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to music projects, here in the UK and around the world, that create empowerment through music.
It fills us with joy to receive feedback on the projects we’ve supported and with your help, we hope to support many more in 2016 and years to come. If you can afford to please consider donating to The Joe Strummer Foundation main fund so we can continue to support more wonderful projects like this one.
Thank you Kate, all the supporters for your hard work on this, we’re only too happy to have supported you!
“without people, you’re nothing” – Joe Strummer
The Joe Strummer Foundation.