Making Noise in Spalding over the Summer

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CHILDREN and young people with special needs in the Spalding area are invited to get involved with ‘Making Noise’, a series of music-making workshops which are running over the summer at the South Holland Centre, Spalding.

The workshops are led by experienced music facilitators from soundLINCS – Lincolnshire Music Development Agency – and will take place on Thursday afternoons from July 28 to August 25, running from 2pm to 3pm. Participants can be supported by LCC-approved care workers, although parents and carers are welcome to attend. SoundLINCS can also put carers in contact with the SCOPE ‘buddy’ scheme if appropriate.

Enabling youngsters with special needs to transform their own ideas and experiences into music, the workshops use a mix of activities, instruments and digital music technology. The ‘Skoog Cube’ is proving particularly popular: this is a colourful rubber cube with five touch-sensitive sides which translate even the lightest touch into distinct musical sounds via a computer link.

Making Noise in Spalding follows the success of several pilot projects which soundLINCS has run around the county. Typically warm feedback from parents and carers includes comments such as ‘We really enjoy seeing the children progressing musically and socially,’ and ‘It is such a delight to watch them joining in,’ whilst one reflected that ‘An added spin off is the support we parents are giving each other.’

Places on the Making Noise project in Spalding are limited, and pre-registration with soundLINCS is essential to ensure that all special needs and care requirements are catered for. Each session carries a nominal cost of £3 per child.

For details on how to register for Making Noise workshops, parents or carers of children and young people with special needs are invited to contact Allison Jackson at soundLINCS on 01522 510073, e-mail allison@soundlincs.org or visit www.soundlincs.org