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Project information

Music Workshops at Oxford Children's Hospital

The overriding aim will be to use music and media as a way to encourage and inspire children and young people suffering with cancer at Oxford Children's Hospital.

September 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Community Albums

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  • Need


    Being in hospital fighting cancer is tough for anyone. For a young person, this can be an isolating and frightening time. We hope to give young people a voice, teach them new skills, and essentially inspire and bring about change in these young lives.


    The young people will be shown how to create their own music using the latest software, and encouraged to write and record a song about something that's important to them. They will have the option to record a short video about themselves.

    We hope that through composition and production work, the young people will develop positive values, social competencies and a positive identity: raised self esteem and a more positive view of their personal future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create music


    » The young people will be shown how to create their own music, using the latest music software.

    What success will look like

    Each participant will receive their music composition at the end of each session, on a CD or as a ringtone straight to their mobile phone/ipod.

    Aim 2

    Make a video


    » The young people will be shown how to use video equipment and encouraged to tell their stories to go with their songs.

    What success will look like

    Each participant will receive a copy of their video to share with whoever they like.

  • Impact


    Music is a powerful agent. There is strong evidence about the use of music and media to help young people develop, thrive, grow and move on from challenging situations. It has social, personal and emotional benefits and is a magnet to engage with young people (Youth Music 'The Power of Music')

    From experience of our other projects, participants will have raised self esteem, sense of purpose and a more positive view of their future.

    The difference before and after should demonstrate this.


    Due to the different health related issues that Children at the Hospital face on a daily basis, we envisage that on occasion some individuals may not be able to attend music sessions consistently. We have therefore structured each 3 hour session/ workshop in order that each participant feels a sense of achievement after EVERY session (they will receive a CD of the music they have created at the end of each session).


    Donors will be reported to weekly (attendance figures, outcomes) and at the conclusion of the project via a project report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,119

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,343 Staff and Travel 1 project manager, 1 senior producer, 1 assistant.Parking (over 4hrs) and mileage (10miles rtn @45p
      £300 Equipment and Consumables All media equipment supplied by Community Albums - hire charge plus CDs/DVDs and Paper
      £476 Core costs Admin @18%

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charity Bike Ride £830 Conditional
  • Background


    The Oncology Wards of the Children's Hospital, Oxford.


    Young people from the Oncology wards at the Children's Hospital, Oxford will benefit from these sessions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our team are experienced and respected musicians, producers, directors and writers who have worked and continue to work at the cutting edge of the commercial sector. Our previous projects have addressed changes within individuals as their skills and self confidence increased. We have delivered numerous successful projects and programmes both in this country and internationally and we would love the opportunity to work with and connect with the young people at the Children's Hospital, Oxford.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon Hill

    National Director and Co-Founder of CA and the music production co. Sitting Duck. He has worked for over 30years as a musician, producer & composer.

    Rob May

    International Director & Co-Founder of CA & the music production co. Sitting Duck. A very experienced MOBO award winning musician, composer&producer.

    Ashton Mills

    Music Producer. A highly talented music practitioner and composer who develops innovative methods of creative participation in the arts.

I have been a Youth Worker for seven years, and I can honestly say that these have been some of the most amazing sessions that I have ever been part of.

Justin Donovan, Youth Worker, BYHP