soundLINCS, in partnership with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub and the Leicestershire County Council Hearing Impaired Service, is inviting community music groups, clubs and societies across Leicestershire to contribute to a mapping project which will enable opportunities for children, young people and adults with hearing impairment to be identified and signposted.
All groups and organisations who are taking part in music making activities are invited to join the ‘Good Vibrations’ register, which is being managed by not-for-profit community music organisation soundLINCS as part of their role as a key strategic partner of the National Foundation for Youth Music.
Participating organisations are simply asked to complete a short questionnaire: the mapping and dissemination of the information provided is then monitored by the soundLINCS team in accordance with the guidelines of the Data Protection Act. Feedback will enable a resource to be built which will not only show how much hearing impaired provision is available in the county, but which may ultimately influence funding decisions and create development opportunities to help integrate people with hearing impairment into activities. It will also hopefully lead to groups sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with each other, whether by working with local schools or with other music-making organisations.
The initiative is an extension of the ‘soundLINCS FundC’ project, three years of work with children in challenging circumstances in five distinct sectors – looked after children, youth justice services, paediatric services, young parents with children and children with special education needs, including those who are hearing impaired.
For more details on ‘Good Vibrations’ and a copy of the questionnaire, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more about our Good Vibrations work and to watch soundLINCS’ interview with world-renowned profoundly deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, visit our blog on the project.