Volunteers

 

 


MIKE CANNING - Volunteer

MUSICAL NOTES 

What do you do for PMZ?

I am an apprentice and a volunteer. I help in three sessions a week: in ‘Highbury’ - a weekly session for people with disabilities - I help Shane and (Paul) Lacey the Music Leaders.  I set up equipment that’s needed for the sessions and assist with music-making, mainly digital technology, during the session itself.  I also support in 'Jam Band' (an after-school session for young people) where I help with the sound levels.  I  help Dave with many things in ‘Tempo’ - PMZ’s youth forum.  The group meets weekly and gives young people the opportunity to have a voice within the organisation.

Do you play any instruments?

I play midi keyboard and an iPad, I also try a bit of singing now and then.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

A set of drums because I can sometimes be loud!

What has music done for you in your life?

Music has helped build up my confidence and all the people at PMZ have helped me grow as a person.   As a result it’s enabled me to volunteer at SCOPE and I also now enjoy volunteering for iOrchestra once a year.   I don't think I would ever have tried to volunteer for Highbury if I wasn't at PMZ.

What's the best bit about volunteering at PMZ?

I volunteer and work in many places. Sometimes I feel as though I don't get treated equally.  However at PMZ I feel as though they are like another family.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?

I think it was one of the “Now that's what I call Music” CDs, I enjoy a variety of different types of music from 60s to heavy rock and some of today’s chart hits.


Chris Burns - Volunteer

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ? 

Volunteer, (Steve) Blakey's little helper, photographer, PMZer Forum member, car park attendant and greeter.

Do you play any instruments?

Not really

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

Beat Machine

What has music done for you in your life?

Tends to get me singing in the car. Can be a source of ideas and thought

What's the best bit about volunteering at PMZ?

Fun, laughter and the close relationships which are formed.

What was the first record/CD you ever bought?

Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

 


Kirsty McEvoy - Volunteer

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?

I volunteer for 'Sing Out' which is the singing group that PMZ runs in collaboration with The Stroke Association on Tuesday afternoons. Among other things I help set up the room and to serve refreshments.

Do you play any instruments?

I am a vocalist, in the past I have played the clarinet but I would like to have piano lessons.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

Vocals as you can carry it around everywhere with you and is always in your hearts. Also, singing makes everyone smile and I hope I do that too 😀

What has music done for you in your life?

Music has been a very positive influence in my life, it has helped me through some very difficult times and always given me joy.

What's the best bit about volunteering at PMZ?

The amazing staff, the smiles, laughter and the rewarding aspect of helping people who struggle with their daily tasks

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?

Mmm.....Spice Girls Wannabe album 😀 ha!


Pat Tansell - Music Advocate

Pat Tansel - Music Advocate. Seen at the piano

Pat hasn't let her congenital blindness stop her from starting to learn the piano aged 80. Opportunities for her to learn earlier in her life did not arise, so she has grabbed the chance to get those fingers tinkling and has become an accomplished pianist in only just over 2 years. She has been a regular participant in PMZ’s ‘Keep Singing Keepsakes’ sessions at 'The Rise' - sheltered housing for people with sight loss. She is also a dedicated and active forum member for both PMZer and Engage at PMZ. Even her recent difficult battles with health have not diminished her drive and determination to develop musically at the same time as passionately advocating for others to be able to do the same.