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Gig gives kids with learning difficulties confidence boost
10:50am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
YOUNG people have taken to the stage to help build their confidence.
The Future Step Event saw its learners take part in individual performances and as well as arrange the event that was provided by The Media Colleges Rock school Music Programme.
The aim of the event was to not only provide the learners with a good night, where they could chat with the public, but to also raise awareness within the community.
Marian, the team leader of Future Steps, said: “Ultimately, it was their confidence that surpassed my expectations. It was so amazing to see people who were once so shy and introvert climb onto the stage and sing with such confidence.”
The event was intended to show how, thanks to the Future Steps programme, these young people - some of whom having mild-to-moderate learning difficulties and disabilities - truly possess what it takes to work as a team, and as part of a working environment.
Parents of the learners were reportedly amazed and shocked at how successful the event was, with one parent thrilled that her daughter has since asked for guitar lessons because now she has the confidence to perform.
Tony Brown, CEO of The Media College, said: “The programme has been a great success as well as very enjoyable for all. I am sure they will go on to make their event a regular date on the events calendar and have our full support."
Future Steps help young people aged 14 and above with a range of disabilities, enabling them to gain qualifications and employment opportunities, and to help them learn new skills and plan for the future.
The partnership between the Media College and the programme have provided the Future Steps learners’ with the opportunity to journey down different creative routes.
Around 50 people attended the event at The Railway Pub in Leigh on September 5.
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