If music is food for the soul, what better way to raise awareness about the need for a teen couselling service in your town than writing and recording a song all about the issue.
One of the great things about youth work is that you get to meet young people and workers that create wonderful pieces of work. That’s exactly what a group of young people in Arklow did this year. Members of a music programme running in The Vault Youth Centre in Arklow, they penned an original song called ‘Better Days’, which will be available for download from i-Tunes from June 6th.
Edit: The song is now available to download for 99cent
During the year, the group held a ‘singathon’ to raise money that paid for a studio session in Greystones. As a result, as well as having the song available for download the members have a physical CD of the song to call their own. It’s a result of many months hard work by the young people, many of whom had never played an instrument before, let along performed in public.
If you can make it to Arklow on the 6th, VAULTFEST promises to be a great day. As well as the CD Launch, there will be performances from members of the music programme and the volunteer musicians that worked with the young people. Arklow Majorettes will be there, along with the Sticks N Stones workshop, Inbhear Mor performance Ensemble, face painting and lots, lots more.
If all that sounds like something you’d like to try, the Vault are recruiting for their upcoming music programme. The programme will be totally free of charge and would really suit Transtition year students.
The organisors would like to thank all the young people that made the programme possible. They would also like to thank Crosscare, East Wicklow Youth Service and especially all the volunteers who helped with the workshops that brought the project to its present stage.
Finally a reminder – Download the song, ‘Better Days’, on i-tunes from 6th June, and join the launch at VAULTFEST at the Bandstand on Arklow Main Street from 1pm onwards.