Grant cash for Portsmouth youth music charity

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MUSIC charity the Urban Vocal Group has won a £30,000 grant to help children develop a love of music.

Charlie Fletcher, director of the Portsmouth-based group, said: ‘The UVG is delighted to have received this funding which will enable us to continue to offer free music making opportunities to disadvantaged young people living in some of the most deprived areas of the south.

‘Our participants come from a range of social and economic backgrounds.

‘Many face issues around bullying or negative peer pressure whilst others have additional physical, emotional, learning and mental health support needs.’

The money came from the National Foundation for Youth Music.

The charity started eight years ago and has free singing, songwriting, performing and recording groups for children aged 11 to 18. There are currently 70 children taking part in groups in Havant, Portsmouth and Chichester.

Mr Fletcher said the group provided ‘a safe, friendly, non-judgmental environment’.