Project information

Feel Good Fridays

Feel Good Fridays are the charity's outreach programme. Providing musical workshop and interactive performances for children in Cardiff. This includes working with pre school, primary and secondary school and disabled children , all from deprived areas of the city.

Weekly fridays ongoing for up to 2 years.

Charity information: Making Music Changing Lives

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  • Need


    The project is aiming to provide children with access to free musical education, where previously they are unable to afford it. Ely and Caerau in Cardiff are the two main areas of focus for the charity and these are areas high socio-economic deprivation. Providing musical education enables barriers to be broken down and a great improvement in self esteem as well as providing new key skills and creative ideas to the children.


    The Feel Good Fridays will work place throughout the community enabling everyone to access these informative, innovative and fum workshops.

    The charity will then follow up these workshops by providing the children with access to weekly tuition and free instrument loan.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To work with children throughout the community to provide music education workshops and performances


    » Arrange workshops with individuals from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and freelance professional musicians.

    What success will look like

    Children who have taken part in Feel Good Fridays will take part in community concerts. Demonstrating their new skills to their families and the wider community.

  • Impact


    The Feel Good Fridays will illustrate to children the importance and enjoyment of music and the ways in which it can affect emotion and creative thinking. As a result the children will then follow up these workshops with weekly sessions , enabling them to learn for free an instrument and to ultimately join the orchestra playing in wonderful community concerts. Hopefully at least 10 % of children taking part in workshops through the Feel Good Friday project will go on to have weekly tuition.


    Risk that performers could pull out of workshops. We have however fostered strong links with the Welsh National Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama that will enable us to easily replace performers.


    Through monthly reports on workshop content detailing ongoing performances. It will also report on how many children attended each workshop.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,400 Workshops Providing 36 weekly workshops for the local community during school term time.
  • Background


    Ely and Caerau are two major council estates found in West Cardiff. The areas are ranked at a high level of combined family deprivation indicators in the Wales Unitary Authority statistics. Many children are living in families with very low income – 49.3% in Ely and 42.1 % in Caerau live in homes in receipt of income support.


    Music provision in Cardiff has, in the main, been only accessible to those with certain levels of finances. This is also shown in that the majority of children learning instruments come from families of certain socio-economic status. Young people and children in Ely and Caerau have below-average levels of literacy, there are also high numbers of children and young people with special educational and behavioural needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Making Music Changing Lives has been running since 2009 and has built up strong links with other local community groups as well as a network of influential contacts through Cardiff.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hannah King

    Project Coordinator. Responsible for Coordinating each of the Feel Good fridays. Liaising with performers and participants.


    These will be from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama or the local orchestras as well as from a pool of freelance professional musicians.

String Workshop

String Workshop


Will pay for one teacher for one weeks tuition.