As part of its far-reaching role as a facilitator for participation in the arts, Create is at the heart of a successful project to bring music to young people who might not otherwise have been able to enjoy it.
ScAMPS is an inclusive music group that brings together disabled and able-bodied youngsters with the common aim of enjoying and sharing a love of music.
The group has been running for three years now and as of April, will go into its fourth year and with that, from strength to strength.
It currently meets at Friarage School in Scarborough’s Old Town, an area of high economic and social deprivation where access to similar opportunities has been limited.
At ScAMPS, children of all ages and different abilities can join in, learning to sign greetings to one another and learning enjoyable, interactive songs and music, under the guidance of experienced music leader Bridget Cousins.
Music projects like ScAMPS support young people to develop their creative and social skills.
Create Director Wendy Holroyd said: “ScAMPS is one of Create’s real success stories.
“Over the years we have had a really delightful mix of young people with a very wide range of abilities and disabilities who have been able to come together and find common ground in a love for music.
“To see the progress that is made as each programme develops has been a real pleasure and we look forward to seeing ScAMPS continue to grow and develop in the future.”
The project is run by Create in association with NYMAZ Youth Music programme for North Yorkshire, Accessible Arts and Media, the National Foundation for Youth Music, and Arts Council England.
NYMAZ provides high quality music-making activities for young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. NYMAZ is the National Foundation for Youth Music’s strategic partner in North Yorkshire.
Over the years ScAMPS has had a range of other funding partners. Current supporters are the Ernest Cook Trust, the Radcliffe Trust and Stronger Communities.
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