Minister for Children and Young People visits Big Noise Govanhill centre!
We were delighted to welcome Children’s Minister Natalie Don MSP joined to Big Noise Govanhill in Glasgow to hear about its life-changing impact. The minister was given a tour of the centre during after school club and had the opportunity to watch some of the music lessons taking place during the after-school session. Ms Don chatted with the young people involved in the Big Noise Govanhill youth voice group, who shared some of the issues that are important to them and their community. She also watched the Wind Band, Percussion and Brass group practicing, as well as the B orchestra Violins and Violas, United Orchestra and Concert Band Tutti.
Natalie Don, Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, said:
“I have had a fantastic visit where I've been able to see first-hand the impact Big Noise has on the children it works with. The project provides important opportunities to widen access to culture and it was clear from speaking to some of the young people involved how much this was valued. It’s good to see the results from our support for Sistema Scotland over the last 16 years and we've continued to invest in our young people by providing £2.6 million in 2023/24 to enable Sistema to continue to deliver their Big Noise programmes for the children and communities they work with.”
Paul Sullivan, our Director for Children, Young People and Communities, said:
“We were delighted to welcome the Minister for Children and Young People Natalie Don to Big Noise Govanhill to discuss our work in Glasgow and across Scotland. The visit gave Ms Don the chance to see and hear first-hand the transformative impact we are having on children, young people and the wider community here in Govanhill. We were also pleased that Ms Don had the opportunity to meet directly with young people involved in our youth voice work, and hear about the issues that are important to them. We are immensely grateful to the Scottish Government for its ongoing support of our work to improve lives and overcome the effects of poverty and inequality. It is clear that Big Noise, through nurturing and supportive relationships, helps children and young people reach their full potential by equipping them with vital life skills and enhancing their academic skills.”