A project aiming at young people developing skills and increasing independence through music participation

Little Sparks NEAS in partnership with Sage Gateshead and Great North Children's Hospital (GNCH), will deliver a programme of early years sessions designed to engage and increase the support of parents who have a pre-school child, newly diagnosed with Autism with participatory musical activity.

To use music as a means to engage young people from East Durham, in order to develop their musical, personal and social skills; and aspirations. To lay the foundations for sustained opportunities for engagement through music.

Sage Gateshead is one of 13 organisations selected to become a strategic partner of Youth Music. Over the next three years, we will work with Youth Music through the CoMusica Inclusion programme, towards creating a musically inclusive England where every child can access music-making opportunities, regardless of circumstances.

To create 15 school based mini brass bands within the Bedlington and Ashington partnership which will then assist in the creation of community and youth based Brass Bands.

St. Barnabas  Youth Project 

We offer a variety of activivities for young people in local community from 5 yrs old - 18 years old . Activities we provide are below  : 

Dj Mixing Decks 

Games Console 

Table Tennis, Pool Table and Table Football .

Craft & Arts 

Performing Arts 


Detached Youth Work 

Sports Coaching 


Termly Recreation trips 


The project will investigate the impact of group music-making on the mental health outcomes of young people with learning disabilities through long term musical input and clinical-led evaluation. Project leaders will share the findings and best practice arising from the project with partners and other organisations in the health and music sectors.

The project will provide musical activities for families with young children. Families can engage together in musical experiences including; instrument playing, puppets, dance, singing, lycra and scrunchie sessions. Opportunities for families to get creative will also be provided as families enjoy creating their own instruments, puppets and other messy play activities.

A comprehensive music programme for young people in the youth justice system, allowing them to appreciate varied music genres, learn the craft of music-making, to develop and deliver performances and to achieve an Arts Award.

The project will provide music and movement activity for early years children to support and improve early communication. Singing, dancing, movement play, live music, sharing with families and more. The project leaders will work alongside early years practitioners to embed lthe project in daily practice.

The project will take 14 young people through an individual mentoring skills development programme to improve their artistic employability, self confidence and awareness. This will include four residential opportunities, where alongside other participants and professional artists, they will gain experience of creating and producing artistic material, exploring themes relevant to life and employment.

The project will develop high quality music-making opportunities for groups throughout Sunderland and beyond, sharing good practice, skills and knowledge with other organisations. It will also improve the standards of music-making with young people from challenging circumstances within a centre-based project by developing and utilising the skills of music mentors.