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Funding for Livewire Youth Project

2 May 2014

Livewire Youth Project received an award from Howton Solar Farm Community Fund to improve their Saltash Waterside centre. The £6,888 grant paid for insulation above ceilings and installation of ceilings in an upstairs room and a new draft-proof door to the front and rear. Find out more here.

Steve Warnes, Vice Chair of Trustees said "We thank you very much for the opportunity to apply and for awarding us such a generous grant enabling us to improve the project buildings. In winter the rooms were cold and heating costs were high. This insulation work will have improved the characteristics of the building and made it a more comfortable place to work and make music. The project has over 1400 members and works on a group and one to one basis with hundreds of young people a week many of whom would be classified as vulnerable. The community benefits from these young people having somewhere to go that engages them in music making, recording and enjoying music"

Livewire Youth Music Project operates in a 1960s building with a flat roof and poor heat insulation. There has been major building improvements during the last 10 years including energy efficiency and energy reduction measures to help save on their energy bills, improve comfort and to set an example to the young people of a more sustainable use of energy.

Livewire Youth Project is a registered charity and has been situated on the banks of the River Tamar in Saltash since the 1940s. Also known locally as Livewire Youth Music Project – “Making Music, Changing Lives” - because they recognise the power of music to transform and build confidence, which is at the heart of their work. Livewire focuses itself as a youth music project for young people aged 13 to 21 offering a full range of quality facilities and activities, including music lessons, guitar, bass, drums and vocals, rehearsal studios, recording studios and a 250 capacity live music venue.

Livewire offers a wide range of support to young people not only in terms of music but also supporting them through difficult situations including self-harm, low self-esteem, eating disorders, family and personal relationship issues, sexual health and drug and alcohol issues.

You can find more information about Livewire Youth Project on their website at livewireyouth.com.

The Howton Solar Farm Community Fund is administered by the CCF and supports community group projects that are for the benefit of the communities in Pillaton, Landrake & St Erney, St Mellion, St Dominick & Saltash.