The end of September saw Only Boys Aloud participants in Merthyr Tydfil welcome a host of guests to their Thursday evening rehearsal as part of a special networking event at the Redhouse Cymru.
“Our ambition with the event was to connect more widely with the communities of Merthyr Tydfil, looking for opportunities to partner with other organisations to provide more opportunities for young people in the area. In doing this, we hope to more fully embed our work in Merthyr Tydfil longer term. If successful, we hope to replicate this approach in other areas across Wales where we hold regular activity for young people” Carys Wynne-Morgan, Chief Executive, The Aloud Charity
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil Declan Sammon, the Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil Samee Furreed, the Deputy Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil Katy Richard, Chief Executive of Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Jane Sellwood and MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Gerald Jones to our Only Boys Aloud rehearsal on 29th September where guests had the opportunity to see the group in action.
The event provided the opportunity for cross sector collaboration with representatives from Government, Education, and Youth Services in attendance. Attendees had the opportunity to experience an Only Boys Aloud rehearsal first hand and participated in the vocal and physical warm-up activities at the start of the session.
“It was great to catch up with the team behind The Aloud Charity. Listening to some of the stories of the impacts on the lives of the young people involved, the confidence they build, and the career paths they have gone on to follow was truly inspiring and we are so glad to welcome them for rehearsals at Redhouse. Taking part and watching the rehearsals was a fantastic experience highlighting how very talented and enthusiastic the staff and young people are” Jane Sellwood, Chief Executive, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust
“It was amazing to see the brilliant work being done by Aloud to help support young people across Wales through the power of song” Samee Furreed, Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil
It is our intention to continue to explore opportunities to expand our networks across Wales and in the communities we work in in order to ensure that the opportunity and benefits of participating in an Only Boys Aloud choir are available to even more young people.