Securing funding for youth music project

By Mick Scrimshaw on March 18, 2015

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A Kettering Labour County Councillor has secured funds from Northamptonshire County Council to support a local youth organisation purchase new music equipment for one of its projects.

Cllr Scrimshaw (Lab, Northall) is to provide £1,000 to Youthworks – a local community interest company who develop and deliver innovative programmes to children and young people Corby and Kettering – to fund the new equipment.

Cllr Scrimshaw said:

Youthworks is a great organisation which does some excellent work with young people across Kettering.

I am delighted to be able to provide funding to this project. I hope it helps to expand the reach of Youthworks and enables its staff to engage with more young people locally – in order to get them interested in music and the creative arts.

Youthworks music project provides an opportunity for youngsters to develop new skills and positive attitudes life their communities - I am really pleased to be able to support this.”[/quote]

Cindy Wrighting of Youthworks said:

We would like to say a big thank you to Cllr Mick Scrimshaw for supporting our latest music project. Cllr Scrimshaw’s money has enabled us to purchase recording equipment to record young musicians from the area, who otherwise would not have access to such opportunities.

It also helped fund a project we ran over the half term holiday, which focused on encouraging young people from Eastern Europe into the centre to make a CD of a range of music. The project was supported by volunteers from the local community.

We have already seen an increased interest from young people in developing their music skills as a result of having the new equipment. Most of the young people that have got involved so far are involved or at risk of involvement in anti social behaviour, so it is proving to be successful in providing more positive activities!

If you are a young person interested in getting involved in Youthworks, visit: for details of local projects.

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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