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Young people gear up to showcase musical talents for charity

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Young people gear up to showcase musical talents for charity thumbnailMichael Kielty, Pulse Centre project co-ordinator, Michael Beattie, Stephen O'Donnell, Darrell Bradley, project participants and Dennis McLaughlin, project manager, pictured ahead of the programme's musical debut at the Alley Theatre

YOUNG people who are involved with the Pulse Centre in Strabane are gearing up to showcase their musical talents with a special gig at the Alley Theatre next week.
Taking place on Tuesday, March 14, the entertainment showpiece also has a serious side in that it is raising funds for depression charity, Aware NI.
Founded in 2014, the Pulse Music Programme is geared towards those considered NEET - a young person who is no longer in the education system and who is not working or being trained for work.
The programme aims to help particpants re-engage in education and employment by exploring the vast areas that music has to offer; providing its students with opportunities to further themselves in education and employment, which otherwise may be unobtainable.
The programme is delivered by Customized Training Services and is funded by the Collaboration and Innovation Fund through the Department of Employment and Learning.
Project co-oridnator, Michael Kielty, says the young people involved in the programme are looking forward to the event.
Several of them performed a lunchtime gig at the theatre recently as a precursor to the main event.
"The programme supports young people between the ages of 16 to 24-years using music as the medium. Music has good transferrable skills. We aim to equip participants with the confidence and self-esteem needed for interviews," he said.
"The young people have been working extremely hard ahead of March 14 and they are really looking forward to getting up on the Alley stage now. They are buzzing. It's our first time there so hopefully it will be a good night's craic for all," he said.
In total, 15 students will perform across a range of genres with some local singing talent also joining including past project participant, Glen Harkin.
Michael added: "There will be something musically for everyone so join us for a fantastic evening of live music as we celebrate the achievements of our past and present students. It'll be very informal and relaxed.
"All proceeds from our showcase will be donated to Aware NI to help support people battling with depression. There is still a lot of stigma around mental health, including among young people.
"It's a subject that's not often talked about so this is event is also creating awareness and some much-needed fundraising for the charity."
Tickets are priced at 5 and the fun gets underway at 7.30pm. They are available from the theatre or the PULSE Centre.
For more details of the Pulse Centre see its Facebook page or contact 02871 382260.

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