About Us/COVID – Livewire

About Us/COVID


This is really, really important.

We believe it’s crucial for young people that we provide some form of normality through the COVID-19 outbreak. 

What’s happening and what’s going to be happening at Livewire Youth Music?

Currently we are running the following sessions: –

Tuesdays: 6pm till 8pm; young men and women’s groups. These sessions are continuing but we have raised the number of people able to attend. On Tuesday nights we’ve got Matt Livewire giving guitar lessons and Sam Downing drum lessons, so if you’d like to attend this session please message us.

Wednesdays: 6.30pm till 8.30pm; music sessions for young women with Josie Livewire, June Livewire and one of our youth work students; again we are now able to have more people. If you’d like to get involved please message Josie or June or one of us.

Fridays: 6pm – 8pm; well-being group with Heidi at Livewire, Lorraine at Livewire and Matt giving guitar lessons. Again we can add a few more young people to this session so message either Heidi or Lorraine if you’d like to attend.

Ok, so what’s new?

Since the 3rd of June we have also been running: –

Thursdays: 7pm till 9pm; senior sessions (13 to 21); up to 30 people, so you will need to book a place (if you’re in a band or you want to hang out with your friends, you’ll need to make sure your are all booked in). Guitar and drum lessons will be available as well as all the usual support, but we’ll want to get as many band and solo musicians on the stage as possible: we’ve all missed hearing you lot so much.

Since the 7th June we restarted junior sessions (10 to 13) and these will now run on: –

Mondays: 6.30pm till 8.30pm; again we will need to limit numbers to 30 for now and people will need to book a place – there will be guitar and drum lessons.

Hopefully it won’t be long before we can remove the up to 30 capacity and get back to normal; woohoo! We’re currently looking at a simple way of booking the junior and senior sessions.

If you have any questions about all this please ask away.

Obviously as we reopen, the online sessions will stop but we’re going to keep this group/page running as a back up in case things get complicated again.

All our counselling and youth worker support is continuing as normal.

Lastly but not least when we reopen the senior and junior sessions we will be putting up the entrance fee to £1. It’s been a tough old year for Livewire Youth Music and as much as we hate putting the price up, we need to.

About us when there’s no pandemic…

We’re Livewire Youth Music – 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 here. Ultimately 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.

The dynamic mix of young people who make up our membership is highly inclusive, and when it comes to things to do in Cornwall, Livewire is the place to be. Many of our young people improve their employability chances and some go on to full-time music study, ultimately making careers as a music producer, or in audio engineering, sound engineering, live sound, stage lighting, session musician, or performing in bands like ‘Haunt the Woods’, ending up on national TV in shows like Chris Evans’ TFI Friday – some of our members become that good.

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!


Who We Work With

We’re supported by many, including organisations like Saltash Town Council, headline bands, and a diverse mix of the great and good, from ordinary folks who want to make a difference, to music royalty. It’s no exaggeration to say that we’re actively supported by Pete Townshend (The Who), Brian Johnson (AC/DC), The Rolling Stones, Marshall Amps, Focusrite, Genelec, Fender and Gibson. We were a favourite cause of the late Lemmy (Motorhead) and Malcolm Young (AC/DC). 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 bass guitar, lead guitar, electric guitar, drums, 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, and that vital backstage know-how, including stage lighting and even mixing and recording in our world-class recording studio right here in Saltash. Did we mention we’re a 250-person capacity live music venue as well, hosting prestigious events like ‘Metal to the Masses’ heats and the ‘Livewire Festival’, giving every young person the chance to practice performance skills and perform in public? 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 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 £0.50 for each entry, but that’s it. What’s on Cornwall? Livewire Youth Music, right here in Saltash, on the banks of the River Tamar. JOIN US, it could change your life…  

Who Supports Us

How you can help

Livewire has a great bunch of volunteers working to support young people in our world-class live music venue. We are always keen to hear from adult and young volunteers who are interested in supporting our young people at various levels and generally assisting in the day-to-day running of youth work provision.

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