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Wednesday
May102017

Evolve: End of project outcomes and achievements

It’s an emotional time at Pedestrian HQ as we bid adieu to Evolve, a project funded by Youth Music with the aim of improving young people’s technical skills and abilities.  It is a developmental project that encourages and nurtures life-long learning and progression through the power of music making.

The project involved training a group of young people to achieve a Level 3 Education and Training qualification, they then became our Assistant Music Leaders.  These trainees would then help to run intensive music residencies during which time they would be teaching music to a group of young people in challenging circumstances.

Several of the Assistant Music Leader trainees have gone on to become part of the core delivery team at Pedestrian.  The project was delivered in 2 phases allowing time to pause and reflect in between to allow us to improve the programme where appropriate.

Evolve successes

 

We succeeded in training 8 young people to become Assistant Music Leaders allowing them to gain a Level 3 Education & Training qualification whilst supporting a delivery team.

We also succeeded in delivering music residencies to around 34 young people allowing them the opportunity to access high quality music-making activity, creating immediate and lasting impacts for their social development and musical progression.

Aaron Hira, one of our Assistant Music Leaders, gave us his account of his training and how he developed from a Trainee to a Tutor over the course of the programme:

“I began my journey as a music technology professional with no experience in educating young people. Upon applying to become an Assistant Music Leader I had no idea what I was about to embark on, nor did I realise how much I was about to learn."

"On my first day of training I was taken aback by the amount of variables that have to be taken into consideration when educating young people, especially vulnerable or challenging ones. Safeguarding, learning styles, group engagement and assessment styles were all new concepts that were essential to my development as an educator, as well as attributes I had to be familiar with before I even considered interacting with a young person."

"I encountered many young people through Evolve with a range of characteristics that had I not been properly trained, I would have had no idea how to manage. There was a very withdrawn young person who had been involved in a few criminal misdemeanours, a group of young lads from neighbouring villages who had the complete opposite musical taste to me as well as some young inner city girls who had never created music before. A very mixed bag, with unique characteristics that needed adhering to in order to engage them in their tasks. I found it tough to hit the deep end straight away, however, this was an experience that set me up to tackle any delivery and the additional training and 1-2-1 sessions helped me to deliver and support effectively."

"As a programme I thoroughly enjoyed Evolve, the young people were always surprising as you never knew the type of young people that would walk through the door. I also found that having something to work towards is always fulfilling, whether it be an arts award or the learners personal targets. It allowed me to share my skill set in the best way, to learners that really want to learn. Getting to be inventive with my delivery in order to tackle any barriers I may face with the learners personal/unique characteristics is probably the best part."

"As time went on I found my feet, with each Evolve delivery being a success (with all targets and contracted duties fulfilled) and I found myself being offered more and more delivery across Pedestrian’s various initiatives, and eventually becoming a Lead Tutor: setting my own standards, lesson plans and goals instead of facilitating a lead tutor."

"My personal target was to climb the ladder and begin to deliver my own sessions, this has now happened and long may it continue.”  

Tuesday
Apr182017

We're on the move!

Pedestrian are excited to announce that we're on the move! We have outgrown our current premises on Rutland Street and have secured a new address that allows us to bring our education delivery (Workshop) space and Studio office under one roof with improved facilities to support our educational programmes and workshop delivery.

 


We’ll be live at the new site from Monday 24th April, however; if anyone needs to contact us via post please use the new address immediately. If you have any questions regarding the move please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via email or telephone.

Fortunately, we’re not moving far - we'll be staying in the city centre and only a few minutes walk away from where we currently are.

Our new address is as follows:

29A Horsefair Street
Leicester
LE1 5BP

We will have to set up new phone lines, and will share our new numbers once they are live from 24th April. Any calls placed to our current workshop number or studio number after that date will be greeted by a recorded message informing you of the new numbers, and we hope to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Now that Easter is over we’d love to welcome you down to visit  our new site, you can book a visit by emailing info@pedestrian.info

Monday
Mar272017

Introducing Our Talent Match Team Assistant!

The Pedestrian team are pleased to welcome Luke Petterson, our Talent Match Team Assistant.  This role will be primarily involved in running our delivery for Talent Match, which is a Big Lottery investment project to help long-term unemployed young people to gain employment across England.  Luke will be assisting Kev (our Talent Match Team Facilitator) to recruit young people to the Talent Match Team Executive Board and then help them to organise and run events in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.

Luke says:

I recently graduated from De Montfort University with a first class degree in music technology. The work I undertook there, as well as the previous work I have done with Pedestrian, inspired me to pursue a path within the music and arts charity sector. This has led me to gain experience doing sound engineering for contemporary South Pacific artists in Fiji, to teaching young people music production in the Midlands.
 
As well as this, I also work alongside a number of artists producing their music and creating musical projects, one of which is due to be released soon. I am currently undertaking a business course, which will allow me to submit a business plan and potentially receive funding to develop my music into an online business.
 
I am very passionate about contributing positively to the local community, and I am positive my time with Pedestrian as the Talent Match Team Assistant will allow me to do this in a meaningful way.

 

 

 

Friday
Mar242017

Kirk Lodge Delivery

We’re coming to the end of another block of sessions at Kirk Lodge Probation Hostel after having delivered music, arts and photography in their premises over the duration of two years.

Our Tutor, Alex, has been working on engaging residents in enrichment activity and co-production principles by working together with the residents to plan the delivery for the next session and upcoming weeks.

Residents in this current block of activity have had the opportunity to make jewellery, cards, and keepsake boxes. Printmaking has been popular and has allowed residents the opportunity to learn a new skill as well as make cards and other items for their families.

We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Kirk Lodge and delivering more sessions for their residents.

Monday
Feb272017

Our New Talent Match Team Facilitator!

Pedestrian are pleased to welcome Kevin Russell to our team as our new Talent Match Team Facilitator.  This role will be primarily involved in running our delivery for Talent Match, which is a Big Lottery investment project to help long-term unemployed young people to gain employment across England.  Kev will be recruiting young people to the Talent Match Team Executive Board and then helping them to organise and run events in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.

Kev says:


I have just come from heading up the improvements in St Martin’s Square and the independent quarter. Three years ago, we came up with an idea to improve the area through art, music and events.  We put on everything from children’s reading workshops, music events and public celebrations for King Richard III and Leicester City FC’s Premier League winning season.

I ran my own events company for 3 years: creating events for festivals, venues and companies around the midlands; specialising in arts and music programs. This company arose from an arts collective I formed and headed up whilst at University called The Mud Collective.

As well as the events, I am a graphic designer and winner of Dave’s Comedy Festival Best Poster; a vinyl DJ specialising in Jazz, hip hop and afrobeat; I run a small speaker and PA equipment hire service; and create podcasts, having completed a degree in Radio Production at De Montfort University and working on BBC Introducing during my time there.

I am looking forward to passing on my passion and experience to others, and watching young people not only achieve their potential, but act as inspiration for others.

 

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