WHO WE ARE
Connecting Sound began as a pilot project in 2018
The first workshops took place with help from kind members and donations from friends and family of Connect Contemporary Choir, Glasgow alongside support from the Glad Foundation, the Scottish Youth Theatre and Maggie's Centres. Following the project's successful launch, Creative Scotland were able to further facilitate two summer projects for young children aged 8-11. These were successfully delivered pre-covid.
WHY WE WANT TO HELP
Inspired by close family and friend's experiences of cancer, founder and Project Co-Ordinator Madaleine Pritchard launched C.Sound to help young individuals struggling to cope with a loved ones cancer diagnosis.
We are the first project of its kind.
Each year in Scotland 29,000 people will have a new cancer diagnosed and at any one time around 150,000 people may be affected. Currently there is little support in place for children coping with an ill family member. Children of different ages will cope with their parent having cancer in slightly different ways. For many young caregivers, it can impact their mental and emotional health resulting in separation anxiety, social isolation and depression.
The physical and emotional effects of cancer on individuals are widely recognised and we understand the far reaching financial implications a diagnosis can have on families.
Research carried out in 2015 by MacMillan Cancer Care shows that "45% of people with cancer are taken by surprise by the extent of the financial impact of their diagnosis. Living with cancer can leave people struggling to make ends meet and relying on short-term financial solutions."
At Connecting Sound our aim is therefore to support families by providing free creative music workshops for children who are living with a primary carer currently unable to work due to ongoing treatment.
Connecting Sound offers a safe space for young individuals to unite through shared experiences.
We aim to improve and impact young peoples lives through access to expressive music making.
Connecting Sound use music as a creative tool to help children express their thoughts and emotions. Our team have created a safe, supportive, fun environment where kids can meet like minded individuals and perhaps overcome any fears or anxieties they might have of meeting new people and trying a new activity they have never experienced.
Previous workshop collaborators :
David Scott (The Pearlfishers, BMX Bandits) Singing and Songwriting
Tsuchigumo Daiko - Japanese Taiko Drumming
Bigg Taj (UK Beatboxer) - Beatboxing and learning to create sample beats
Gamalan Workshops (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Al Bryden - Sound and Technology using touch tech interfaces
Sodhi - Tabla
Rachael Lightbody - Singing
Hannah Lee - Singing
Due to COVID 19, we have postponed our Summer 2021 workshops. In accordance with Scottish Government Guidance for the performing arts and venues sector, our team of co-ordinators are currently working on facilitating new music projects. We hope to return soon! Stay tuned!
CONNECTING SOUND is part of The Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) which is administered by Creative Scotland. The YMI creates access to high quality music making opportunities, enables young people to achieve their potential in or through music and supports the development of the sector for the benefit of young people.”