Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -0°C

Search

South Street Kids radio project boosts deprived area of Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 May 2016

Ipswich Mayor Glenn Chisholm lays down a track with South Street Kids at their media hub in Ipswich.

Ipswich Mayor Glenn Chisholm lays down a track with South Street Kids at their media hub in Ipswich.

A project which helps youngsters in one of the most diverse and deprived areas of Ipswich has hailed the success of the project so far, just months after securing funding to launch a children’s radio show.

The South Street Kids project, based at Ipswich Community Media’s (ICM’s) South Street studios, connects youngsters from the Norwich Road area and provides a creative outlet for them to make music and record a radio show.

Formed by ICM’s outreach and creative co-ordinator Cad Taylor, the project came about from a chance encounter with some youngsters.

“I noticed last August a group of kids hanging out in the street. I said ‘did you know there is a radio station here?’ and said I would try to get the funding to support them.

“It’s an incredibly diverse area and that’s so important for us to celebrate that.

“A lot of these families don’t have money for extra-curricular activities, so to have that chance for the youngsters to do it for free is great.”

Having secured funding from Suffolk Community Foundation, Community Action Suffolk, and Awards for All Lottery funding in January, the project runs a group for 7-11-year-olds, and a group for 12-16-year-olds, and provides a space for them to learn new media skills, as well as socialise and make new friends in an environment away from school.

The project has also begun forging links with other organisations, including taking tours of the New Wolsey Theatre and enjoying a hip-hop evening at DanceEast, with the next phase now set to involve the youngsters teaching each other about their backgrounds, cultures and learning phrases from their languages such as Polish and Romanian. “These kids have real energy and personality and we really want to celebrate that,” Ms Taylor added.

“I am bursting with pride because these kids are generous and genuine and celebrating the positivity of diversity.”

On Saturday, outgoing Ipswich Mayor Glen Chisholm took part in a recording with the teenagers in his last duty in the position, and proved something of a role model for the creative youngsters.

Ms Taylor added: “He went to Westbourne High School so he is one of them, and for those kids he is a really good role model.

“It all provides another layer of self-esteem they take back to school. We now want this to be a group known in the town that can cover community events.”

Ipswich is set to get its own high-tech version of the ‘Boris Bike’ - where cyclists can use a simple phone app to get on two wheels.

The Orwell Bridge is expected to close for the third time this winter as high winds are forecast again on Wednesday night.

Suffolk Day will take place on Thursday, June 21, this year - we asked people in Ipswich their favourite thing about Suffolk.

Firefighters were called to small fire at Ipswich Hospital this morning.

Plans to build a new records office and heritage centre on the University of Suffolk campus near Ipswich Waterfront have been formally approved by Suffolk County Council.

A crash between a van and a car this morning has closed a rural Suffolk road.

Feeling safe on the streets, career prospects and retirement plans are among the top concerns for women in Suffolk and Essex, a survey reveals.

Caroline Page is known to many as the county councillor for Woodbridge but its not the only job she holds.

Proposals to build a new multi-million pound rail depot on the Suffolk/Essex border at Brantham near Manningtree are being reconsidered by Greater Anglia.

A Suffolk mother-of-five is taking steps to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse after 25 years out of education.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24