With the help of its clients, Phebys has recently been able to donate a further £1,540 to this year’s charity partner, The Song Writing Charity. This brings our total donation to an amazing £3,140 over the past six months!
We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all those who have helped us in reach the figure. In an effort to show you all just what a difference your generosity has made, we have received the following statement from John Quinn of The Song Writing Charity, telling you a little bit about what the charity has been getting up to and how your money has helped to change lives…
“With the generous support from Phebys and its clients, we have directly worked with more than 380 children and young people of all abilities and backgrounds through songwriting, enabling some of the most vulnerable our younger people to express their feelings around bullying and share their experiences. Children have been encouraged talk about bullying, friendship and school by expressing themselves creatively in a safe & non-judgmental environment.
Our main intervention is called Bully Beat and it has been designed to enthuse participants about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message. We’re using informal music education and literacy working to communicate a range of key messages. Every song is written by the children and young people participating. We record, produce and publish the songs at the end of the process.
The support given to us by Phebys and its clients has meant we have been able to deliver more than 20 workshops. During intensive and highly creative workshop sessions across primary, secondary and community support groups working with young people in therapeutic recovery programmes who were missing from education due to bullying and subsequent substance abuse, we have helped children and young people to gain a clearer understanding of what bullying is, allowing cases of bullying to be addressed more readily and accurately. Creating work inspired by an honest & open discussion using role-play, vocal exercises, paired and group activities and helped all participants to feel comfortable and willing to share their experiences with peers and teachers, then at home with families.
Your support has meant that often the most affected by bullying naturally shine through and are praised by peers and staff alike. Children have worked together to build confidence in reporting their concerns They’ve taken lyrical inspiration from the group activities and discussions on bullying, overcoming fears and worries by openly supporting and encouraging all. And above all else, in a time of huge underfunding for schools and quite severe cuts to enrichment projects, your support has enabled us to give these 380+ children the time to be creative, to reflect, to marvel and to be brave!
With the onus firmly placed on speaking up about the problem, the underlying message is clear, that if we know about the problem occurring, then we can deal more effectively with it. You have helped us to do this.
We hope you will continue to support us. Thank you from all of us at the Songwriting Charity.
Here is some of the amazing feedback that The Song Writing Charity has received from our beneficiary schools…
“The quality of the work, both singing and bullying awareness was very high. Children who normally shy away from singing in public, shone. The CPD will lead on to me continuing to teach it as a unit throughout the school.” Paul Gregory, Music Teacher, Upland Primary School, Greenwich.
“Nathan was able to quickly engage the children and make them feel really comfortable and confident, so confident that they were able to perform at their full capabilities. Nathan was amazing at facilitating the children to produce a wonderful outcome. The children really benefitted from all aspects of the workshop.” Joanna Long, Woodhill Primary School, Greenwich.
“Thank you so much for the work that you did with our children. Sam has fed back how you involved them in every part of the creative process and how much they gained from the session. We are going to include it on our school CD if you give permission and also type the words out so that the whole school can learn and perform it.” Mark Alexander-Smale, Principal, St Augustine of Canterbury C of E Primary School“
The whole team at Phebys would like to say a huge thank you to all of our clients for helping this amazing charity. If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved, give us a call today on 01480 896267.