Volunteer Kiltwalks for Big Noise

Big Noise Fallin volunteer gearing up for Kiltwalk to raise funds for Big Noise!


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Big Noise Fallin volunteer Kelsey Taylor will take on the 23-mile Glasgow Kiltwalk this weekend to raise funds to support the work of Big Noise. Twenty-year-old Kelsey, from Bishopbriggs, will complete the gruelling ‘Mighty Stride’ from Glasgow Green to Balloch on Sunday.


Kelsey volunteers at Big Noise in Fallin, in Stirling, where she supports young people taking part in the project. Big Noise Fallin, the sister programme to Raploch, works with children at Fallin Primary who have sessions in school and the opportunity to join an after-school programme and holiday clubs in the community.


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Kelsey studied music at the University of Glasgow and hopes to pursue a career in music therapy. Her volunteer role sees her support a range of children and young people to get the most out of the project, as well as helping staff at the centre. Big Noise Fallin is the first Big Noise programme to focus on brass instruments and Kelsey learned to play the cornet alongside the children she helps.


Kelsey is moving to Australia for a year this summer and hopes that the Kiltwalk will be the perfect send off.

 

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Kelsey Taylor said:

"I’ve actually done the Kiltwalk twice before for a couple of different charities – but I saw that Sistema Scotland are a registered charity with the Kiltwalk. I thought, ‘I’m really fond of this charity – I love doing the Kiltwalk – so why not raise some money for Big Noise?


I volunteer for Big Noise in Stirling. I live in Bishopbriggs but I decided that I would push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit. My role sees me just go wherever the staff and the kids need me most. I played drums and piano and sang before starting at Big Noise, but never played a brass instrument before whatsoever. I was just handed a cornet one day and told ‘try this’. The staff urged me to give it a try, so I worked on it over the summer and by the time I came back I was just about at the children and young people’s level when I came back in August to volunteer full time.


Volunteering has been really good, and it’s been a great chance for me to learn from all of the staff as well. I can’t fault the experience volunteering at all. I’ve really enjoyed working at Fallin – all the staff are lovely. I want to go into Music Therapy eventually, so volunteering at Fallin has given me some really valuable experience. I’ve had the chance to work closely with children and young people with Additional Support Needs as part of my volunteering, and having that experience has been really rewarding.


I’m going to Australia for a year in July, which I can’t wait for, but I’m really sad that I’m leaving Big Noise Fallin. I saw the opportunity to do the Kiltwalk come up and I thought that could be the perfect send off."

 

Vicky Williams chief executive of Sistema said:

“We are incredibly proud of Kelsey for taking part in this year’s Kiltwalk to raise funds for Sistema Scotland. She has clearly been training hard and the money she has raised will help us continue to make a positive impact in the lives of children and young people. Kiltwalk events are taking place in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee later this year, and we would be delighted if people considered signing up to support us”.


So far, Kelsey has raised £275 and donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/page/kelsey-taylor-1706527391023


To sign up for the Kiltwalk in Aberdeen, Dundee, and Edinburgh to support Sistema Scotland, click here and to find out more about volunteering at Big Noise click here.

 

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