There’s been a beautiful noise coming out of Barwon in recent months with the establishment of a community music group for young people with a disability supported by Scope.
Linking In and Grooving Out brings together six young people most Thursday afternoons for a jam session and other musical fun.
The group meets at The Fort, a youth drop-in centre in Barwon. Their commitment to being inclusive means the occasional member of the local community can pop in for a jam as well. In fact, the group started with three young people and they quickly made suggestions on who might also like to be involved.
The jam sessions allow the members to express themselves creatively, improve their social connectedness, make decisions and to work collaboratively.
The group was brought together by Mel Murphy and Scope’s Community Inclusion Officer, Manny Pimentel, in Barwon. Mel (or Dr. Murphy as we may well be calling her soon!) is an experienced music therapist and PhD candidate from the University of Melbourne. She started the project as part of her research into improving social connections for young people with a disability after they leave school and transition into adulthood. The aim of the project is to get young people involved in community music making and enhancing their social connections.
The group has already agreed on a name – The Rockheads. The group’s repertoire is slowly building and currently includes Donovan, The Lemonheads and Billy Ray Cyrus (don’t ask).
You can read more about the group in coming months as they are working towards a live performance later in the year or early next year!