‘I was pretty lost when I first got involved with Livewire.’ – Anna Ashton
Anna’s story is another uplifting example of the impact Livewire had on a young life, and how far that influence has reached into adulthood. Anna has given us permission to name her, and the words are her own.
‘I was pretty lost when I first got involved with Livewire. I was having some heavy issues with my mental health and had absolutely no focus on what I wanted to do with my life. I had a guidance counsellor at the time and she found me a placement with Livewire.
I remember being incredibly nervous on the first day we went and met with Andy (Rance) at the studios. I needn’t have been so nervous, the environment and the staff were so warm, welcoming and encouraging that I felt at ease very quickly. My time at Livewire involved spending lots of sessions in the studio, where I observed and learned many recording skills and regularly helped in setting up instruments and recording equipment. The skills I picked up led me to eventually work in song writing, not only for bands but entertainment companies in Europe.
On the days I spent at Livewire, I was full of excitement and passion to learn and do well. Today I find myself in a career as a published freelance writer and photographer, but the skills and experience I gained at Livewire all led me here. I had zero belief in myself or that I had any kind of talent before Livewire – they really care, and it shows in the endless guidance and support they provide.
To this day, I hold Andy Rance and Livewire as one of the key influences in giving me the confidence, skills and belief in myself to go after the things I want in life. Andy will always be one of my heroes. Livewire was an important stepping stone, I have so many great memories from my time there. So many moments of laughter, encouragement and inspiring conversations that I remember to this day.
I could never express how thankful I am that I had the chance to be placed there and gain so many important skills and experience in such a rare and ridiculously awesome environment.’
Fifteen years on, he is a happy, functioning, young adult…
This young man has been involved with Livewire for almost fifteen years. He started attending when he was around nine years-old, when in his words, ‘Livewire was just a sports hall, a pool table and a group of inspiring and kind volunteers and musicians.’ Now at twenty-three, he is starting out on a music career […]
They are almost unrecognisable as the same two young men…
Two young men started attending Livewire together – turning up and each booking music lessons – they would sit in on each other’s sessions, then leave. Staff at Livewire had managed to have conversations with them on many occasions, but they were unable to encourage them to stay and engage in further activities at Livewire. […]