“Joining Make Some Noise as a music leader is incredibly exciting for me. After shadowing on their projects working with some brilliantly talented young people, it was an honour to be invited along to the Briefing Day to hear about Make Some Noise’s future plans. Not only is taking part in the Briefing Day activities (music and movement, songwriting, etc.) great for us as leaders to build our own friendships and sense of community, but everyone’s ambition for reaching new areas and participants in the Staffordshire & West Midlands has made me so thrilled to be a part of the Make Some Noise family. As a Community Music Leader and Youth Worker in The Black Country area, it’s a personal dream of mine to reach out into wider areas and bring music, creative expression and a promotion of wellness to those who need it most, especially in our local communities, and Make Some Noise is working hard to make this possible for both the participants and the leaders. I love how the range of individuals reached is being widened constantly, from young children and babies to more of our elderly community; meeting the needs of people from all walks of life, with families also being involved and supported throughout. I look forward to being involved with Make Some Noise, and particularly look forward to working with assistive music technology, band workshops, sensory sessions and percussive groups.”

Why community music works: “Community music works because it teaches us that it’s okay to be ourselves – to explore our feelings and thoughts creatively, to connect with others honestly and to express ourselves unapologetically.”