Good at writing proposals? Turn those skills into a local lifesaver – Livewire

Good at writing proposals? Turn those skills into a local lifesaver


Livewire Youth Music Project provides a vital community service to Saltash and the surrounding areas.

Over many years our charity has supported thousands of young people going through the trials and tribulations of growing up. One of these young people may have been you, your child, or your grandchild.  It’s very likely, because we’ve touched the lives of so many. Over 800 a year at the latest count.

Free of charge, we teach young people to express themselves constructively. Vocals, song writing, playing a musical instrument, running a live stage, managing live sound and studio – all are lessons we offer. These sessions gradually uncover their hidden talents and help them learn vital coping and life skills.

Livewire’s world-class venue includes a recording studio, which is largely the gift of legendary WHO guitarist, Pete Townshend. In fact, our list of equipment donators and rock star supporters is a rollcall of the music business.

Our young people go on to lead fulfilling lives, with some forming or performing in well-known bands. COMPANY B, KING CREATURE, HAUNT THE WOODS and THE OUTLANDERS are just a few you may know.

Livewire also stages live events for some of the UK’s top national touring acts. Supported by NWOCR (New Wave of Classic Rock), we bring major bands to Saltash waterside. This fund-raising collaboration has put us firmly on the professional touring circuit. For example, on October 5th we’ll stage an event headlined by THE AMORETTES and TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD. Tickets for this are available now on SEE TICKETS.

Underpinning this ‘show-biz glamour’ is something even more edgy. That’s our on-site professional mental health provision, delivering an immediate response to young people who are in crisis or struggling. We’re incredibly successful at this and it’s no exaggeration to say that we change and sometimes save lives.

This is where reality bites. Although we get major donations of equipment and often stage complex gigs (because top bands usually waive all but their expenses), it costs serious money to run our day to day services. We need to maintain our building, attract and retain top tutors and ensure our mental health services are kept operational. Fundraising is therefore crucial.

And that’s how you can help. We need a volunteer to assist us with writing fundraising bids. For example, our successful 2018 application to Global’s ‘Make Some Noise’. Winning this enabled us to launch our on-site mental health services.

If you’re someone who’s written proposals of any kind, you’ll understand what’s needed to prepare a successful funding bid. You’ll also have the essential English and grammar skills.

Is this you? Would you like to join our vibrant and unique charity as a volunteer bid writer? Come and help us raise the funds that keep us delivering these critical community services.

We’d love to hear from you, so please contact Andy Rance on 01752 843570 or andy@livewireyouth.com.

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