In the first band podcast in WARO’s history, Dom Smith talk to Lotta Ridgley, vocalist for Aggressive Depressive Noise act, Victim Unit about how the project uses music to confront, discuss and overcome mental health challenges.
Listen to our chat here:
Listen to ‘Misophoniac’ by Victim Unit below:
The Warren Youth Project is proud to announce a major new phase of Three Minute Heroes – the mental health and music initiative that gives young people a voice to express the worries and concerns of their generation through an album of powerful music written by young people and recorded by bands and musicians from our region. The first single, and video by Joe Russell-Brown will be released on Friday, November 8.
Over six months, The Warren’s THREE MINUTE HEROES team of tutors and counsellors has supported more than 70 young people of Withernsea High School in East Yorkshire to express themselves through creative writing with the help of Warren tutors, staff and counsellors. Their writings were then anonymised and passed to bands and solo artists to turn into powerful impactful songs.
Withernsea High School took the bold step of embedding Three Minute Heroes in the school’s day/curriculum – an ambitious forward-thinking step in terms of supporting young people who are struggling.
To-date 12 new songs have been created and recorded and will be released over the coming weeks and months beginning with three music videos – with a full worldwide digital album release of THREE MINUTE HEROES through Warren Records in January 2020 as part of a live event celebration for the young people who took part (featuring many of the bands who will be playing the songs they created from young people’s writings). The project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
JJ Tatten, Manager of The Warren Youth Project, said: “Three Minute Heroes gives young people a powerful authentic voice to express what is bothering them and gives adults a new way to hear them. It is entirely the words of young people. Working with Withernsea High to make Three Minute Heroes part of their curriculum was a hugely impactful experience.”
Mark Crofts, Headteacher at Withernsea, and manager of the Warren’s Counselling Service said: “Three Minute Heroes is doing the right thing in exactly the right way. We’ve seen massive changes in our young people who took part. They’ve come such a long way in terms of building their confidence. I can’t think of a quicker way than Three Minute Heroes for getting the support that is needed, in a manner which is exciting and engaging to so many students in such a short period of time. What really struck me was the number of students who came to me and asked if we could do it again.”
Former Project Lead (and lead singer of Hull Band LIFE) Mez Green said: “The words created by the young people of Withernsea High are raw, honest and breathtaking and the new album is a body of work that is fresh, energetic and exciting…”
The plan now is to roll Three Minute Heroes out to all schools in Hull who are willing to follow Withernsea’s lead and embed the project in their school day.
For more information visit: http://threeminuteheroes.com
Touching upon themes of politics, feminism and personal wellbeing Alice Clayton presents her first body of work in collaboration with Make Noise and Warren Records, released worldwide October 2019.
Alice’s songs delve into the problems we face as a society, urging people to listen closely to her intricate lyrics. The Baritone Ukulele provides a unique tone and depth in the background, as she captures the audience with her powerful voice.
Alice has been a regular on the Hull music scene for some years now, having played numerous times at festivals such as Humber St Sesh, Freedom Festival and Festival 8. She has done sessions for BBC Introducing Humberside and also gigs frequently in Hull and Leeds.
The album will be released on the October 18, with a celebration and intimate full band performance on 16th November at Zoo, on Newland Avenue, Hull.
DFN Project SEARCH Chief Executive Maura Lynch (pictured) has urged businesses and local authorities to help transform the lives of young people with learning disabilities and autism.
The leading learning disability charity is calling for increased backing in order to ‘lift the roadblock’ in front of young people willing to work.
Ahead of the employment charity’s flagship conference in Preston on October 4, the charity Chief Executive highlighted the impact that graduates, who have successfully completed the DFN Project SEARCH programme, have made across several differing industries, ranging from healthcare and hospitality, to logistics and tourism.
DFN Project SEARCH provides real-life work experience, combined with training in employability and independent-living skills, to help young people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions to enjoy a productive adult life and attain-high quality employment in their area.
The programme now has 67 local partnerships across the UK, with over 1,000 young people with learning disabilities being given a pathway from education and into work already. Another 12 schemes are planned by the end of 2019.
But despite the success stories, Maura insists even more young people should be able to benefit from a programme that already has a proven success rate.
DFN Project SEARCH’s goal over the next decade is to get 20,000 young adults into paid employment, which would be transformative for them, their families and the community.
And the charity believes that a collective approach between DFN Project SEARCH, the Department of Work and Pensions, colleges, and local authorities would provide the best platform to transform nationwide results and help DFN Project SEARCH achieve its 20,000 target.
Maura insists: “We are so proud of the success that we have been able to enjoy since introducing DFN Project SEARCH to the UK, having worked with some of the biggest businesses and industries in the country.
“The NHS, National Trust for Scotland, Marriott Hotels and Next Distribution have all bought into what we are striving to achieve and have enjoyed a resounding number of success stories among those that have graduated into full-time positions.
“They are among a number of organisations that are now realising first-hand the transformative benefits that employees with learning disabilities and autism can bring to their workforce.
“However, there are still too many young people with learning disabilities who don’t have the correct guidance and focus to help them get a job.
“This is, in part, due to no statutory funding being readily available for supported employment services in the UK.
“It is our belief that a unified effort across the board would be to the benefit to everyone involved, from graduates, to the DWP and local authorities.
“Furthering the success of DFN Project SEARCH would lessen the burden already put on stretched local authorities as the programme, which has a considerably higher success rate than national programmes.
“There would be a remarkably less strain on the DWP as more willing people would be getting into the employment they crave, which in turn would aid large and small business across the country.
“But at the heart of this joined-up approach is the graduates themselves. DFN Project SEARCH was conceived for the greater good and we are determined to continue to change the lives of the young people and their families. We aim to spread our message, implement our programme, and help as many people as we possibly can.
“But I call on local authorities and businesses to join with us, and together we can all be the driving force behind the bigger, better and more inclusive workforce of the future.”
Latest statistics show just six per cent of young people with a learning disability are currently in paid employment. But these figures fly in the face of the 75 per cent of those wanting to work.
However, DFN Project SEARCH’s pioneering approach to getting that workforce on their feet continues to buck the trend of the nationwide stats as over 60 per cent of those undertaking a DFN Project SEARCH programme graduate into the full-time employment.
DFN Project SEARCH is tailored for equipping young people with the correct tools and experiences to become a success in life. They will use and apply their learning every day, allowing them to grow in confidence and competence as the year goes on.
But Maura stressed, despite some businesses now valuing and utilising an untapped workforce of adults with learning difficulties and autism, ‘there is still a long road to go’ before every person with learning disabilities and autism has a clear pathway to securing high-quality employment.
The charity leader said: “Our vision is to ensure that every single person with a learning disability or autism has a clear pathway that will allow them the opportunity to attain high-quality employment in their area.
“There are tens of thousands of young people, the length and breadth of the UK, that are willing and able to work. They have all the tools necessary to offer businesses a wide array of skills and talents but are instead blocked in their path to a fruitful and fulfilling life.
“Despite our programme having a 60 per cent success rate of graduates gaining paid employment, a figure we are extremely proud of, we believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“Those living with learning disabilities and autism should be allowed the same opportunities as everyone else, but currently many are faced with no pathway towards bettering their lives despite pushing themselves as hard as they possibly can.
“DFN Project SEARCH has shown that with the right backing and support, the programme can be a force for good. Now we need more business, local authorities and colleges to get on board and make a real difference.”
The DFN Charitable Foundation, is a UK registered charity established in 2014 by David Forbes Nixon with the express aim of promoting programmes which significantly improve the employment prospects of young people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions. Having been assigned the franchise rights for all DFN Project SEARCH licenses and materials here in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and Portugal we intend to reach out and help many more young people to access this very successful programme.
With goodwill and support from local partners we will more than double the current number of Project SEARCH programmes within three years. Together we will create a major talent pool for employers by ensuring that skilled and talented individuals with learning disability and autism, wherever they live, get the opportunity to aspire and train for the jobs of their dreams.
For additional information please see: https://www.dfnprojectsearch.org/
Hull alternative rockers NEWMEDS return with new single, ‘Nobody’s Fool’ is out now via Man Demolish Records.
With their hometown of Hull recently crowned UK City of Culture, and the local arts scene significantly benefiting from the economic boost and international spotlight afforded to it, NEWMEDS are a fine example of the homegrown talent that’s chomping at the bit to break out of the north of England.
Comprised of veteran members of long-established and respected names from the heavy music scene including Winterfylleth, Drowners, The Colour Line and Outspoken Silence, the newly minted four piece are wasting no time planting their flag with their abrasive, high-energy punk’n’roll evoking the likes of The Bronx, Cancer Bats, Gallows and Comeback Kid.
The quartet have a genre-bending no-limits philosophy to their music, where any sound or style goes as far as the writing process is concerned. Elements of black metal, pop punk, emo and even psychedelia edge into their finely crafted and slickly produced brand of punk rock.
Hull alternative indie powerhouse Waste Of Paint have now released their majestic, introspective and emotive new tune, ‘Beaudelaire Waltz’ into the world, via The New Anonymous Records.
“We are not our thoughts, we are the grand observers of our thoughts. Our songs are narratives based on what we are feeling at the time. Sometimes it’s near suicidal despair, other times it’s anger at what is happening to the world. But every song, every line means something…. more often than not it has multiple meanings depending on which way you interpret the lyrics….. but that’s what we like.” Explain Waste Of Paint.
Indeed the band is named after a lyric from one of the masters of this craft Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes). The band, from its inception has always been an arts project. We just paint with sounds. Formed in Hull, Waste of Paint is an ever evolving door of creatives based around the songwriting duo of Adam Brodie and Dan Spooner. Typically Brodie is the wordsmith, and Spooner the producer, although they co-write and produce everything together.
“I had to let go and ‘break down’ in front of the camera…I had to bare my soul, I had to cry. And I did…a lot. It was the only way i could do justice to the words that had poured out of me when writing the song. I had to tell my truth.” – Adam Brodie on filming ‘Baudelaire Waltz’.
Stream it below:
While speaking out on mental health issues or addiction has become a “trendy” topic as of late, it sadly feels like a lot of us are becoming indifferent to the idea of it. The fact remains that nearly 800,000 people die from suicide every year. It’s still a very real issue that needs continuous support.
“I Won’t Die For You” takes place in the clouded mind of someone going through the heartbreaking motions of addiction and depression. Though I’ve never found myself enveloped in this sort of darkness, I’ve witnessed so many beautiful people I love struggle in silence. It’s left me feeling broken and burning.
This song began as an outlet for me to cope with my feelings surrounding the existence of these things in my life, but now it’s yours to relate to whether you personally face these struggles or have someone you love who does.
In our next WAROCAST, we chat to Bombyx PLM founder, Lucy Blackley about problems in the fashion industry, mental health awareness in business and how her own brand is working to inspire and motivate people within the product design industry to do more with their time, while taking time out for themselves.
Listen to our chat with Lucy on Audiomack here: https://audiomack.com/song/wobbling-about-and-rocking-out-waro/warocast-6-lucy-blackley
Find out more about Bombyx PLM here: https://bombyxplm.com
Enjoy Lucy’s podcast, Love, Death + PMS here:
‘The Absent‘ is a song really close to my heart, I lost two family members to dementia and Alzheimer’s a few months back and the whole thing is based on that experience” (explains singer Jeremy Gomez) “Such awful diseases… The deterioration is so slow, agonising and generally devastating for everyone involved. I’m really proud of what we have done with this. I can’t wait for everyone to see the video and also bring the power and emotion that this song evokes to the stage.”
The Absent also features a guest appearance by SIKTH singer Mikee Goodman.
“Mikee and I always spoke about collaborating on a song about mental health and I think this was the perfect moment to do it.” (Continues Gomez) “He added his own unique brand to the song and I think the results are amazing!”
This is what the SIKTH frontman has to say about The Absent:
“Proud to be part of this and such an important subject to sing about. We need to get more funding and research for a cure.”
Red Method are also going to be playing The “Sophie Lancaster” stage of Bloodstock on the 10th of August at 14:20.
“We’ve got big surprises for everyone that makes their way down to see us” (Promises Keyboard player Alex Avdis) “It’s such an honour to be invited to play the Sophie stage so early on in our career. Bloodstock is where Jeremy and I first met so this festival means a lot to me. We were in two bands that no longer exist, Jeremy was in Ted Maul and I was in The Defiled. If it wasn’t for this festival we might have never met” (explains Avdis) “It feels like a weird universal full circle, Red Method might have been born here in a weird way… who knows!?”
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Inside of the busy Hull tech and innovation hub, Dom Smith from WARO chats to Emily Clixby of Gig Buddies (and accessible band, Sunflower) about her work for Mencap and GB, as well as thoughts on the value of volunteering, and how venues and customers can work together to better support people with mental, and physical disabilities.