What they say…..

‘This has been the most exciting, stimulating, rich and rewarding day which all young people should be encouraged to enjoy. This day will be remembered for a life-time, reflecting that education should be a dance to great music’.

A teacher’s comment following a Bully Beat PACS workshop in Essex yesterday.

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Listen to some of the songs that have been written by children participating in the Positive Assertive Confidence Skills programme in Essex: https://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/sets/pacs-essexcc-kidscape

 

 

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Stop Don’t Bully Me

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‘Stop Don’t Bully Me’ is an original Bully Beat anti-bullying song written by children at Tunstall Primary School, Sittingbourne, one of 30 primary schools in the Swale District of North Kent taking part in this project.

Bully Beat has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message. We’re using informal music education and literacy working to communicate a range of key messages. Every song is written by the children. We record, produce and publish the songs at the end of the process.

The Bully Beat in project in Swale is supported by our partners The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust and First Class Business Solutions. Without their support, we would not have been able to deliver such a large scale project. Interest in Bully Beat is extending right across Kent with schools in Medway showing a keenness to get involved.

We are currently working with up to 30 primary schools across the district in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. More schools than we have funding for are wanting to get involved. If your school wants to join the Bully Beat project, get in touch with john@songwritingcharity.org

‘Let The Sun Shine’ during Anti-Bullying Week

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Get up on your feet

Yeah

And dance to the beat

Listen to our voices

Make the right choices!

‘Let The Sun Shine’ is an anti-bullying pop song written by children at Edward Francis Primary School, Essex. We’d like to thank Headteacher Mr. Gary Soars for having us in the school and Mrs. Amy Vinnicombe for her ongoing support and encouragement. Finally, well done to all the children who took part in the workshops. The contributions were, to coin a phrase, ‘epic’! And we look forward to working at EFPS again in the New Year.

About Bully Beat in Essex
Our second Bully Beat project in Essex primary schools is supported by the Essex Music Education Hub, with generous music technology support granted by Korg Education.

Andy Hill, Head of Essex Music Education Hub said, “that the Hub is delighted to be able to support a project that raises awareness of Anti-bullying and gives young people an opportunity to perform and compose music too!”

Bully Beat has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message. We’re using informal music education and literacy working to communicate a range of key messages. Every song is written by the children. We record, produce and publish the songs at the end of the process.

The three key messages are: Looking out for your peers, particularly the most vulnerable; how to report worries, and keeping yourself safe. We think that the more we talk about it, the stronger the anti-bullying message becomes. And when you transform those messages into song, they are amplified and all the more impactive. Every workshop produces a song that every child has contributed to.

Re-Friend The World by Ravenscroft Primary School

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The Songwriting Charity is working in partnership with Essex County Council as part of the Positive Assertive Confidence Skills Programme (PACS). We have been funded to deliver the Bully Beat programme as part of the reward structure for pupils who complete the six week PACS programme. We are committed to working with 10 schools and Ravenscroft Primary in Clacton was the first school to come on board. Their song is also available to play online: https://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/re-friend-the-world

Feedback from teachers we’ve worked with on Project K

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We hope you like this video! Feedback from some of the heads & teachers we worked with on Project K last year in Cardiff. Details about Project K 2014 will be released soon. Project K is a special songwriting-in-schools programme for primary schools in Wales.

In 2013, pupils attending ten Cardiff primary schools benefited from this fully funded song-writing project promoting peace, celebrating song and remembering Kate Johnson, the sister of the charity’s CEO, Nathan Timothy. Kate was a visual artist in Cardiff who sadly passed away in July 2012. Kate was involved in the early stages of the Songwriting Charity’s work when it was founded in 2011

Project K 2014 is beginning to take shape. We plan to involve up to 40 primary schools and are busy putting a fundraising plan into action. We’re keen to hear from companies, local businesses and individuals who would like to get involved in the following ways:

  • Event sponsorship. Last year we held the Project K celebration event at the Millennium Stadium! We can’t think of a more iconic venue and intend to ‘takeover’ the stadium again next year. Can your company help us in 2014?
  • Make a personal or company donation towards our goal of bringing Project K to more than 1200 children. Visit BT MyDonate where you can make a commission free donation towards Project K.
  • If you have a place on the Cardiff Half Marathon 2014 or are planning a challenge event/activity, please consider raising funds for us and Project K.
  • If an employee decides to raise funds for Project K, could your company match it?
  • Provide in-kind support, for example marketing opportunities like advertorials in magazines, or letting us utilise any spare printing capacity for posters, stickers, leaflets even extra special Project K badges!

Whatever you decide to do, it will make a difference to a great many primary school children in your community.

If you have other ideas about how you can help us, or would like to discuss any of the above just email john@songwritingcharity.org

 

Get vocal about the Songwriting Charity during Small Charity Week 2013!

As we approach the end of only our second year as a charity, we look forward to celebrating what is shaping up to be a truly epic Small Charity Week which runs from 17th – 22nd June 2013. Why ‘epic’? Well for starters, all of our Songwriting Charity Workshop Leaders will be busy. Workshops will be running in Leicestershire, Surrey, Greenwich, Lambeth, Hackney. We are completing (huge) bids, catching up with our friends Ploink on Wednesday at the Small Charity Week Policy Reception, meeting a new Patron for the first time tomorrow (Monday!) and hoping our loyal and very supportive Facebook and Twitter friends will do their utmost to help us win some of the brilliant competitions being run by the Small Charity Week team! Before we get to the Facebook and Twitter competitions, we wanted to share some facts and figures about progress the Songwriting Charity has made in this very busy second year! And to think we’ve done most of this running on the smell of an oily rag!!
  • Up to 31st July 2012 we delivered 130 workshops.
  • The number of workshops in total that we will complete by 31st July 2013 will be 333, (give or take a few) which is a staggering increase of 156% on 2012’s figures. 
  • Number of children and young people we have worked with directly is currently 10,245. 
  • Songs written by children is currently at 350, but with five more weeks to go, there’ll be many more!
  • 88% of children and young people we’ve worked with would like a songwriting workshop every week!
  • 96% rated our workshops as Excellent or Good;
  • A third of children say they don’t want to sing at the start of the day but by the end of the day 9 out of 10 say they enjoyed singing with us! Confidence building!
  • 59% of children did not previously report bullying occurring. 95.04% say they would now report bullying in the future.
  • SoundCloud plays as of this evening are at 84,843.
  • And YouTube Video views stand at 37,919.
  • 86% of teachers notice positive changes in the behaviour of the children in the short time we work with them.
  • 100% of professionals say our work supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of their students.
  • We have 36 audio testimonies from professionals we have worked as well as written feedback from more than 200.
  • We are now working with more than 400 schools!
  • You should read what parents have to say! And the children!
On the financial side, the charity’s first year of income (up to 31st July 2012) was only £37,103.00 (it really was just an oily rag!):
  • With voluntary income (grants and donations) at £2,401.00
  • And Project income (commissioning) £34,700
Things have picked up in the second year (up to 31st May 2013) with income currently at £118,842.76 (an increase of 220%!):
  • Voluntary income increased 2027% to £51.079.98!
  • Project income increased by 79% to £62,085.00!

We’re very proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time. It has been tough for us in many ways; new kids on the block, being viewed as high-risk, no core funding, proving our worth and effectiveness, measuring impact. Why have we shared these figures with you? We want you to know how we’re doing. Our first full accounts will soon go up on the Charity Commission website (sooner if they’ll let us!). We want you to know because many of you reading this have made frequent and crucial donations in answer to our Tweets, Posts, and appeals using Just Text Giving, The Giving Machine, Ploink or BY MyDonate. And let’s face it, without your unwavering and enthusiastic support, we wouldn’t be in the position we are now!

Why is Small Charity Week so important to us (and the many thousands of others out there)? It’s the first time we have been involved of course! It’s a brilliant way to get people focused on the work of small charities up and down the country. The competitions that Small Charity Week 2013 are running are really simple ways to get you all involved! And we figured it would be a great way to try and mobilise our fans out there! What we need is for all of you to get ‘vocal’ and shout about us on the Small Charity Week Facebook Page for example, ‘I Love the Songwriting Charity because they support the wellbeing of thousands of children!’ or on Twitter, “I love @NTFoundation because they empower children through songwriting @SCWeek2013”. If we win, we will use the prize to part fund upcoming Bully Beat workshops! Remember to check out the Small Charity Week Website for the rules! If we don’t try…….

We are a strong, lean and dedicated ‘small charity‘ team that works tirelessly to help improve the self esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing of many thousands of vulnerable, disaffected, isolated and unhappy children and young people. Thanks guys. Have a good week and thanks for always being there!

JQ

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Text Donate to the Songwriting Charity

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Powered by Just Text Giving by Vodafone, every penny of your donation comes to us. Donating to the Songwriting Charity is simple. Just Text NTSC11 to this number, 70070 and an amount between £1 – £10.

UK tax payer? Then don’t forget to Gift Aid it!

This simple gesture helps to make our work possible.

The following is taken directly from Just Giving.
JustTextGiving is a free service. There is no cost to you for sending the text message and your free allowance/bundle will not be affected – the only charge will be the donation itself. 100% of your text donation (including Gift Aid) will be sent to the charity.

Being charged for a text donation.
The amount you’re donating will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pay as you go credit.

Our links!

http://www.nathantimothyfoundation.org

https://twitter.com/NTFoundation

http://www.youtube.com/user/SongwritingCharity

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nathan-Timothy-Foundation-The-Songwriting-Charity/

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