Project information

'On The Edge' all round

We want to develop an intergenerational programme of music activities that will take place over 12 months. Adding a specific number of early years and elderly home workshops and performances to encourage music making and well-being.

March 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: 'On The Edge' Fusion Youth Orchestra

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  • Need


    Many of our children's centres do not have resources for offering early years groups the music activities that they want, and at the frequency they would like them.
    Similarly, whenever we hold workshops for our 8-18 or 14 to 25 year olds, older generations, especially those over 65 ask where their music workshops are, or why they don't get musical entertainment in the nursing home or sheltered accommodation where they live.


    We want to produce a series of workshops and performances that we can deliver directly to children's centres and nursing homes/sheltered accommodations.
    These will make use of age specific musical instruments, and repertoire that is suited to each age group.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To produce monthly music workshops for 3 children's centres in our neighbourhood.


    » We will produce music workshops with a musician who will visit each centre to provide bespoke activities for early years groups, including parents.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor regular attendance, levels of engagement and changes in feelings and responses to participation at the workshops.

    Aim 2

    We will produce monthly music events for up to 2 nursing homes or sheltered accommodations.


    » We will provide a musical trio for one hour to visit each nursing home to play music, preferably on advance request.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor interaction, attendance and emotional connections to the events. We can do this by forms and by asking our young volunteers to talk to the older people.

    Aim 3

    To increase overall musical engagement and well-being in the children and elderly adults we visit.


    » We will monitor levels of musical interaction, changes in emotional outlook, any signs of increase in activity, musical and/or physical.

    What success will look like

    We can demonstrate this by traditional monitoring forms, showing the journey by photos on social media, Facebook, Instagram, videos (where permission is given).

  • Impact


    We will begin a long term partnership with children's centres and nursing homes involved with this programme. By creating these workshops and performances we can begin to show the value of how they provide a positive influence and sense of well-being. In the case of early years groups we hope that those children will continue to participate as they get older, and take up music more readily. And for the elder generation, we want them to feel part of the community on a more regular basis.


    As with all events, the risks of poor attendance or irregular attendance can vary significantly. By operating through centres and homes we mitigate some of these concerns. If we see ongoing problems we can choose to change centres or homes to make sure that participating groups are large enough and able to attend on a monthly basis.


    We will offer written reports on a quarterly basis, as well as providing a regularly updated social media story of the programme. This will involve short videos, photos of participants and musicians and mini sound bites from those involved (where permissions are granted).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,080 Early Years workshops Hold 12 music workshops in 3 different children's centres
      £2,160 Nursing home performances Provide 12 x trio performances in 2 nursing homes.
      £600 admin supporting the delivery of workshops and performances
      £160 marketing to promote the activities in the centre and home communities
  • Background


    We are based in the South of Birmingham. The Edgbaston district has a wide demographic. We work with communities who are often under served, and who live in priority areas of the city. The children's centres we will work with are due substantial cuts in the next financial year, and they cannot afford to provide music workshops themselves. In a recent nursing home audit we found that the older generation was missing more engagement with children and had no reliable musical entertainment.


    Young families and the elderly. We will also indirectly support our local children's centres and nursing homes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have six years of experience working in the local community providing a diverse programme of musical activities, from school outreach, community workshops and public performances. We are in a perfect position to provide high quality early years workshops as well as an engaging and entertaining series of performances for the elderly generations who live in nursing homes or sheltered accommodation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

    Fiona is founder of 'On The Edge', has over 5 years of experience working with several target groups from young people, young adults and the elderly.


Will pay for a music event at a nursing home or a music workshop at three children's centres.