AN ACCLAIMED music studio is providing young carers and disadvantaged children with free lessons to provide inspiration and an escape from the challenges of everyday life.
Wrexham Sounds has received positive feedback from schools, community groups and health and wellbeing organisations in response to its singing and instrumental workshops.
Among those to benefit was 12 year-old Maisie Carman, a pupil at Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen, who was referred by WCD Young Carers.
Maisie, from Cefn Mawr, helps mum Lisa and stepdad Dean look after seven year-old brother Leo, who has now completed treatment for chemotherapy and is making a full recovery while he awaits further tests for autism and anxiety issues.
She is loving weekly singing lessons with renowned vocal and wellbeing coach Clementine Gong and says being part of Wrexham Sounds helped rebuild her confidence after she “lost her sparkle” during lockdown.
“I absolutely love every second of it, I couldn’t wait to get started and feel so happy when I’m there,” said Maisie.
singing lessons before but really enjoy them and Clemmy is amazing! We practice warming up and she has recommended some great songs which are so much fun to sing.
“I will one hundred million per cent keep singing and in future would love to work as a carer helping other people when they need it most.
“I would definitely encourage other young people to visit Wrexham Sounds, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
Mum Lisa was so inspired by WCD Young Carers she joined them as an outreach worker.
“Maisie is an incredible little girl, she is so kind and I don’t know what I would do without her,” said Lisa.
“I’m so proud of her and the way she handles everything and supports her brother, even attending hospital visits and being there for him when he struggles with anxiety.
“The way she has thrown herself into the singing lessons and given it everything she’s got is a reflection on how she deals with everyday life. During the pandemic she lost a little bit of her sparkle, as so many children did in lockdown, but she certainly has it back now.
“She is so strong, and an amazing character and we look forward to continuing the lessons with Wrexham Sounds because they have helped her in many ways, especially in building up confidence and giving her a platform to shine even brighter – thank you.”
General Manager Olivia Gallagher said Maisie has made huge progress in the past few weeks and is a star in the making.
“She has come so far in a short amount of time and is an inspiration to us all,” said Olivia.
“Seeing how the lessons have had a positive impact on young people like Maisie is heartening and exactly what Wrexham Sounds is all about.”
She added: “We urge people to get in touch if they want to find out more about the lessons we offer and support available.
“We deliver a range of sessions including piano, drums, guitar, singing and more, and plan to roll out further sessions and workshops in the months ahead.”
For more information or to join the team at Wrexham Sounds as a freelance tutor or volunteer, visit www.wrexhamsounds.org and follow them on social media at @wrexhamsounds.