ABout Us

We’re Livewire Youth Project – the charity that’s all about using contemporary music to unlock creativity and support young people on their journey through adolescence and into adulthood.

The young people who attend Livewire are here because they have a passion for making music and have discovered that we will enable their musical ambitions and dreams through the provision of a staggering range of FREE LESSONS and hands-on experiences. Additionally, many come through our doors to make new friends who share their enthusiasm for this most personally expressive of art forms.

We’re also able to help our few young people who have challenges, to conquer them, regardless of what they’re facing in the outside world. We’re adept at enabling them to reach their potential with and without music and we have thirty years experience of doing this, effectively. If you want to know more about our unique mental health support services, click hereUltimately our aim is to change young lives and encourage productive activity, using music and music technology as a catalyst for all young people with an interest in music.

If you know a young person aged between 10 and 21 who’s asking, ‘Are there any youth clubs near me, or, how do I go about forming a band?’, we offer it all, with much more going on than just making live music – we’re one of those rare beasts working with music education hubs. Practically speaking, we rock Cornwall!

 

WHere We Are And WHat We Do

Based beneath the stunning twin bridges in Saltash, Cornwall, in a safe, fun and supportive environment, we help young people form a band, teach them to play music on instruments like guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), drums, keyboard piano, and for those who prefer a mic in their hand, there are vocal lessons. If their interest is on the technical side, we’ll also teach them professional studio mixing, live sound mixing and that vital backstage know-how, including stage lighting and even mixing and recording in our world-class recording studio provided by Pete Townshend of The Who.

Did we mention we’re a 200-person capacity live music venue as well, hosting prestigious events like ‘Metal to the Masses’ heats and occasional all age gigs, such as Stiff Little FingersThe DamnedPhil Campbell (Motorhead); Enter Shikari and others but the main purpose is giving every young person the chance to practice performance skills and perform in public and simply learn how to use a professional stage. 

Our young members regularly meet musicians here – all inspirational and sometimes, world-famous. In every case, we’re literally changing young people’s lives for the better.

Livewire is run by professionals and Enhanced DBS vetted volunteers, and if you’re wondering what this incredible spectrum of services costs you, it’s nothing. That’s right, free music, free guitar lessons for kids, free guitar lessons for young people, free bass lessons for young people, free drum lessons for young people, free keyboard/piano lessons for young people, free vocal lessons for young people, free singing lessons for kids, free singing lessons for young people, free vocal coaching and much more for any young person starting out in music, whether they have mental health challenges or not.

For our incorporated youth club, which is open most evenings, we ask for an entry fee of £1 for each entry.

history

At the end of the Second World War the Reverend W H Prior of St Nicholas and St Faith Church, Saltash, was probation officer for this area, and he became conscious of the increasing number of juveniles being placed under his control, especially from the lower end of the town. 

Lots of lads lost dads, grandads, uncles, in the war, and were prone to running amok around the waterside area. The old Mission Hall had not been used for regular worship since 1941, and the Parochial Church Council leased the building to him for a payment of one shilling (5p) per annum. 

Thus began the Waterside Boys Club, later to be known as the Saltash Boys Club and eventually to become the Livewire Youth Project. Harry Taylor was appointed leader, and stayed with the Club until his death more than 25 years later. 

Over the years Livewire has adapted to meet different needs, all the way up to being a music venue, as it is today, and now includes mental-health counselling and sewing lessons. Andy Rance became a volunteer at Livewire in 1990 and has been running it since 1997. 

He oversaw the conversion of the sports hall into a fully-fledged music venue, and the friendliness of the club is such, that many members say their lives have been permanently changed for the better.