Wigan Music Service
Wigan Music Service has been proud to work in partnership with CAN over the past six years on the Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts project in Leigh, in the borough of Wigan, to bring high-quality musical engagement to culturally diverse and host community families in Leigh. Through our work with CAN, we’ve learned the true meaning of inclusivity and come to appreciate the value of engaging children from all communities in meaningful and focused artistic activity.
We know the importance and value placed by the children of the Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts project and their families on building friendships with children from Leigh’s diverse communities by using music project work with direction and focus. It’s been a wonderful vehicle to build the relationships that are so desired by families for them to feel truly accepted and a part of our community.
The partnership working between my colleague here at the Music Service, CAN specialists and school colleagues is a model of effective sharing of knowledge, expertise, and experience for the good of children and young people.
Through our work with CAN, we have learned the true meaning of inclusivity and come to appreciate the value of engaging children from new migrant communities alongside children from the town’s host communities in meaningful and focused artistic activity.
The Continuing Professional Development opportunity for Wigan Music Service through this project has also been immeasurable. It’s given us the opportunity to upskill expert music practitioners in the wider context of delivering music to less familiar minoritised groups and has helped the service to forge links with the Wigan Council’s EMAS service which will develop future collaborations.