Youngsters Shine at Care Leavers Festival - Kibble: Specialist services & support for young people facing adversity
Posted: November 6, 2015

Kibble Band talent spotted to perform at special event

THE Who Cares? Scotland ‘Time to Shine’ Festival was treated to a musical performance by a group of local youngsters with experience of the care system. The Kibble Band played in front of nearly 100 people attending the event last week (Saturday, 31st October) in Community Central Halls, Glasgow.

The Kibble Band is made up of 4 young people who attend Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley. They were joined on stage by their music teacher Chris McDonald and classroom support worker Neil McGonagle. The Band was asked to play at the annual ‘Time to Shine’ Festival after being spotted impressing the audience at their own school’s variety show.

Speaking after the event, Arts Development Officer at Kibble Education and Care Centre, Gavin Sinclair said

“The work of Who Cares? Scotland in putting on the festival is important to anyone who has experienced the care system. The Kibble Band are an exceptionally talented bunch of youngsters, so to be asked to perform at ‘Time to Shine’ is a great privilege.

“Our aim at Kibble is to give all of the young people in our care the opportunity to flourish. Music is just one of those ways, and the chance to perform in front of so many people can make a huge difference to someone’s confidence.”

As well as having the Kibble Band perform, youngsters were treated to the genuine back stage experience of being a band on tour. Different tasks such as unloading and loading the van with equipment, setting up the PA system and completing sound checks made the whole day as realistic as possible.

Adding authenticity to the Rock and Roll adventures were the pupils of Kibble TV who recorded the entire performance. Students will use the footage recorded at the event as part of their formal studies in class.

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