Stone based Chuckle Productions awarded a grant by Youth Music Charity

Left to right: Eddie Ashcroft, Sara Christie and Allen Kent
Left to right: Eddie Ashcroft, Sara Christie and Allen Kent

Children with profound additional needs set to benefit from grant award

Chuckle Productions has been awarded a grant by Youth Music Charity to support a music project for children with additional needs in Stone and the surrounding district

Chuckle Productions, the not for profit arts organisation based in Stone, has received funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music to launch a unique music-making project for children with profound additional needs. Using specialist sound technology and connective movement therapy, this unique project will allow most children, even the most physically or mentally isolated, to take part and discover music-making regardless of ability. Using connective movement therapy, our non-verbal communication and movement programme, our specially trained facilitators will work on a one to one basis with the child using various forms of “connection” whether by physical contact, sensory materials or communication through sound/ music.

The young people taking part will be able to create and experience music in a new and innovative way, along with the one to one support of specialist facilitators. The participants will also have the chance to compose their own music, which will be recorded at the end of the project.

Commenting on the award, Chuckle Productions Director, Sara Christie said,

“We are thrilled to have received the support of the National Foundation for Youth Music, and this unique project will help give young people with profound additional needs the opportunity to access an independent hobby, and the chance to unlock their musical potential”

Matt Griffiths, CEO, Youth Music said:

“We are delighted to support this project which will transform the lives of many young people who might not otherwise have been able to experience the joys of music-making. Our aim is that every child should have the opportunity to make music regardless of background or circumstances, and this project by Chuckle Productions takes us another step forward in this direction. We wish all those involved every success.”

Youth Music believes that music-making is life-changing. Every year, this national charity provides more than 75,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives, including disability, poverty and mental health issues Youth Music supports almost 400 music projects annually, helping young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing.

However, the charity knows that many young people still need its help. It continues to fundraise by attracting donations and through its Give a Gig fundraising initiative, where money is raised by music lovers, performers, managers and promoters at live music events. For more information about Give a Gig, visit www.giveagig.org.uk. To find out more about Youth Music visit www.youthmusic.org.uk