Plymouth Music Zone has secured around £135,000 to further develop its pioneering work supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable children and families during their most challenging times. The funding comes from The National Foundation for Youth Music and allows Devonport based Plymouth Music Zone to extend its partnership work with education, health and social care organisations to deliver special ‘musical respite’ activities that support the emotional well-being of young people and their families.

The new two-year ‘Breakthrough Music’ programme will provide a wide range of musical and social experiences for children experiencing highly traumatic circumstances. These include children and young people in safe houses who’ve experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence and those in psychiatric units experiencing severe mental health issues as well as many others who need extra support to move through especially difficult times of change.

‘Breakthrough Music’ has already begun and will involve Plymouth Music Zone working with many other organisations across the city who support young people including Plymouth Domestic Refuge, Simply Counselling and First Light. It also involves working with those whose focus is improving the mental health of young people including Plym Bridge Adolescent Psychiatric Unit and organisations like adoption charity, Families for Children, who use music to support children to build strong relationships with new families.

The Breakthrough Music programme activities will be promoted on Plymouth Music Zone’s website and Facebook page as well as through flyers and posters around the city.

For enquiries about the programme, please contact Programme Manager Karl Meyer on 01752 213690

You can read the full media release here.