The Cre8 programme on the Moss Rose Estate was alive with music, art, stories, food and celebrations during their recent Festival to celebrate young people and community and 10 years of Cre8. The theme for the week was True Light.
Activities included: a Youth Music Event at St Michaels Church - run and featuring performances by young people from the Cre8 project; storytelling at The Park Tavern on the theme of ‘Light’; community games evening, free lunches and opportunities to meet the Cre8 team; a local business supporters evening; and reopening of the community wildlife area. The finale of the Festival was a Hog Roast and celebration evening showcasing Cre8’s activities over the last year.
The Festival was very much a community event, organised and run by young people, adults and families involved with the Cre8 project over the last 10 years.
The week of activities – held from 11th – 17th June - was enjoyed by over 250 people, including David Rutley MP, Lord Lieutenant David Briggs MBE, High Sheriff of Cheshire Kathy Cowell OBE, and the Mayor of Macclesfield Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones.
To find out more about Cre8 and how you can make a difference in your local community visit www.cre8macclesfield.org
They all passed!!!!
Congratulations to everyone who took their music grade exams on Easter Sunday - everyone passed!!!
We had 8 young people taking exams: 7 vocals and 1 drum. And we had 3 passes with merit - well done!
Certificates have been added to the wall at the Building - we're getting quite a collection (we are missing quite a few from the early days unfortunately!!)
We cannot thank Youth Music enough for the funding they give us to enable us to run the Cre8 Music project; including being able to offer professional music lessons free of charge to our young people.
And of course, massive thanks to the wonderful Cheryl, Hans, Olli, Tim & Rach who put in so much time and effort to enable our young people to realise their potential.
Well done guys - looking forward to the next concert!
The Cre8 Youth Music Christmas Concert held, for the first time, at St Michaels Church in the Marketplace, was a tremendous success!
With 17 performers from ages 8 up to 16, all of whom attend the Cre8 Music project on a regular basis, the Concert delivered on it's promise to be a truly inspirational and emotional evening. We had solo performances, bands and supporting acts. The key message, visible to all, was that this group of young people support each other through their music. When someone forgot the words - we joined in and helped them remember; when the nerves tookover - we smiled, cheered and whooped! The young people, and the team of music tutors and youth workers, support each other to play instruments and to make their performances the best they can be. This is what Cre8 is about - bringing out the buried treasure in one another.
All the young people who performed at the Concert attend professional, tutored music lessons each week, provided free of charge to young people from the Moss Rose Estate, by Cre8, through funding secured from Youth Music. Many of these young people have no musical background or experience but the passion and enthusiasm from the Cre8 team, and the dedication from the young people, means they are able to achieve great musical heights!
There were over 100 people in the audience at the beautiful venue that is St Michaels Church - what an incredible experience for the young people to sing and play in such a spectacular venue! We cannot thank the team at St Michaels enough for their support to put on this concert.
CDs of songs sung at this Concert, but recorded in our Studio at the Cre8 Community Building, are available to purchase (although we sold out on the night!) Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can't wait until the next concert - and look forward to seeing you there!
A few comments from the audience...
Gallery of photos...
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The BIG cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG)
As well as helping some fulfil a life ambition we're also hoping to raise funds for Cre8's Offbeat projects. Cre8 Offbeat provides skills and task focused activities (such as bike repairs and music making) for marginalised and hard to reach young people on the Moss Estate in Macclesfield. You can find out more about Cre8 on their website: www.cre8macclesfield.org
Tom, Jonathan, Tim & Ollie will be cycling the 1000 miles (well just shy!) from May 23rd - June 6th 2015, with support provided along the way by family and friends. Please help us to raise £3000 for Cre8 - we really need your support!
How you can donate:
This song, titled 'Stuck Together' was written last year and was the first piece she wrote. It's about friendship, hope, and being there for one another when bad things happen.
To listen to Casey's Song click on the play button below...
The Cre8 music project was set up through funding we received from Youth Music
A note on The Cre8 Youth Music Concert - 20th December at St Barnabas...
What an amazing night. Nearly two hours of performances, fourteen pieces of music and songs, with some of the best pieces written by the performers in front of us. This was young people expressing themselves in music with adults taking second place. The emotion and feeling in the singing was electric, our music tutor's husband told me he and his wife had travelled up and down the country performing and teaching music for many years and they had never seen young people singing with such expression and feeling - and at such a high standard. Some of the songs were sad - but they were very real, you felt as though you were hearing and seeing what their world was really like. These are young people who have very real rubbish happening to them, who you wouldn't normally expect to see on a stage, but they were all just fantastic. There were some very proud people sitting in front of them. If one of the performers stumbled then we all got round them, shouted, clapped and applauded until they got up again - lots of smiles and lots of teary eyes. And it wasn't just about singing, we had drummers, guitarists and keyboarders, sometimes solo, sometimes playing together. Some had been playing for years, some only for months. We loved them all. I feel very pleased to be part of all this - our music team are brilliant. They just want to see the young people expressing themselves in music. It's not easy work, but nights like tonight must make it worthwhile. All I did was make the tea : )
The next Cre8 Youth Concert will be:
Saturday, 20th December 2014
St Barnabas Church, Lyme Avenue
Young people involved with Cre8 Music will be playing and performing pieces they've been working on over the past few months. Some will be performing original songs they have written themselves. It's a fantastic evening! A really uplifting experience to see the young people, most of whom have only become involved with music through Cre8, grow in confidence and perform in front of an audience.
Civic and business leaders from across Cheshire attended the launch of “Transforming Lives Together” (TLT) on 20th September.
Senior figures, including the Bishop of Chester, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and David Rutley MP, were present at the “Cre8” project in Macclesfield to support the start of a new venture seeking to alleviate poverty across the county.
TLT is a joint initiative between the Diocese of Chester and the Church Urban Fund, and aims to tackle poverty across Cheshire by building relationships between communities and voluntary groups, especially churches. Representatives from a number of charities and community groups attended the event which was hosted by Cre8, a Macclesfield-based charity that provides projects and activities for young people and their families. Their work is aimed towards empowering young people and adults in the local area to make change happen for themselves and also for their local neighbourhood.
David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield, said: “Transforming Lives Together works to improve the lives of those who live in some of our most disadvantaged areas. I am really pleased that they are now supporting Cre8 in their important work in the Moss Rose Estate. This pioneering work is improving young people’s life chances and helping them tackle any challenges that they face. With Transforming Lives Together’s added support, I hope that this work will go from strength to strength.”
Rev. Jenny Mayo-Lythall, TLT Development Worker, was delighted by the event’s success: “I was really pleased that people were able to attend the launch and kickstart this exciting new venture. With the support of so many civic groups, community agencies and charities, we can start to make a real difference to people whose lives are affected by poverty.”
You can find out more about the work of TLT on their website -www.transforminglivestogether.org.uk or by contacting Jenny on 01928 718834
Photos courtesy of Folio Photography, Stockport.
TLT's launch at Cre8 was immense, and it was amazing to see so much support for the venture, as well as celebrate the awesome work of Cre8. More to follow, but for now here's a taster with the Bishop of Chester, the Lord Lieutenant, David Rutley MP, and Paul Hackwood. Church Urban Fund: Tackling Poverty Together
NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC CHARITY SUPPORTS NEW MUSIC PROJECTS ACROSS THE NORTH WEST WITH GRANTS TOTALLING £492,000
Music project on Moss Estate, Macclesfield awarded £47,000 grant
The National Foundation for Youth Music today announced support for a range of music-making projects in the North West with new grants totalling £492,000. This brings Youth Music's total aid over the last year in the region to over £1.5m, against the backdrop of a challenging fundraising climate for many music and arts organisations.
The Cre8 Music Project, based on the Moss Estate in Macclesfield, works with disadvantaged young people by offering them a chance to develop their musical talent and has been awarded a grant of £47,000. It provides music tuition, performance opportunities and recording experience at their tailor-made facilities, offering an extra-curricular music education to young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity. It also provides young people with employment opportunities to help subsidise the cost of the music lessons.
In the latest round of grant allocations, Youth Music has invested £3.3m nationally bringing the total amount of funding awarded this year to music organisations across England to £10.2m. Projects looking after children and young people in challenging circumstances have particularly benefited, in line with Youth Music's vision to ensure that all children have access to music-making opportunities, regardless of background or circumstances. These include children coping with disability and special educational needs, seriously ill young people in hospital, young people in care and those facing homelessness or exclusion.
Eighty per cent of young people taking part in projects supported by the music charity are experiencing challenging circumstances. Youth Music has also focused on early years music -making with support for a number of music projects for children aged five and under.
Tom Wardle, CRE8 youth worker and project manager says: "The project has been a real success in the community and we are grateful to Youth Music for providing us the opportunity to help further develop the project and the talented young people involved. We are passionate about offering musical opportunities to disadvantaged young people and empowering them to let music make a positive impact in their lives."
Matt Griffiths, Youth Music's Executive Director said: "We focus on early years and young people in challenging circumstances because we want to see every child being able to access music-making opportunities in their local area and these children are frequently overlooked. We support projects working across all music genres, and we know that many young people find these opportunities to make music exciting and rewarding, frequently increasing their engagement at school and with potential future employment opportunities. We wish this CRE8 project and all those in the North West the very best with these exciting new music-making ventures."
Youth Music is supported by Arts Council England with national lottery funds, by People's Postcode Lottery and through its own fundraising campaigns, including Give a Gig.
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