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Wesleyan has just launched the Welseyan Foundation, a fund designed to provide financial support for local community groups and charities, to make a positive difference across four key themes: health, education, social development and innovation.

National Charity, "Music For All" kindly donated some music instruments and amps for young people who attend the Beats, Bars and Banter project in  Rugby, Warwickshire. The music equipment will be used within the weekly workshops that take place every Thursday 4-6pm at Hill Street Youth Centre, Hill Street, Rugby. Young people will also be able to take home the acoustic guitars so they can continue to practice away from the workshops :) For more info on "Music for All" visit:

Also, here's a video of the first two weeks of the Rugby music sessions :) More will follow shortly...


Community Melodies began in October 2015, with a selection of Year 9 and 10 students from three secondary schools in Birmingham. The project aims to educate and empower the students through learning about community music, as well as provide them with opportunities to build skills that can be directly applied in their future working lives. All of the schools have had regular training sessions from passionate community musicians, each with experience in working in healthcare settings, who work with the young people to develop their leadership, presentation and team-working skills. The project concludes with each school visiting the Paediatric Unit of Heartlands Hospital, where the students will lead their own interactive music workshop for the patients.

This project was set up by the Arts Department of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, with the financial assistance of Youth Music and the Eric W Vincent Trust. Community Melodies takes place in the East of Birmingham, a large and impoverished area. The schools involved are Waverley School, Bordesley Green Girls’ School and Hodge Hill College. Community Melodies sessions are run by three groups of facilitators from M&Em Music, Bridge Arts, and MF Community Music CIC.

Find out more at:, or follow the Arts Department of HEFT on Twitter (@heftartsdept)