Reeltime music celebrates 20 years of success

MSP's were welcomed back to parliament this week to the young sound of North Lanarkshire

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Young people from Reeltime Music entertained invited guests in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday night with musical performances and impromptu workshops. Clare Adamson MSP sponsored the event to celebrate the charities 20th anniversary.

Guests included Fiona Hyslop MSP, Jim Sweeney (CEO Youthlink Scotland), Provost Jean Jones and Depute Lieutenant Brian Miller.

Reeltime Music was set up in 1997 to provide creative opportunities for young people across North Lanarkshire. In that time they estimate that they have worked with around 20,000 young people.

Staff get young people involved in a range of projects and workshops including making albums and music videos, as well as activities which help other young people in their communities.

Jean Jones, Provost of North Lanarkshire, said: "Generations of young people have benefited from the outstanding support and encouragement which Reeltime Music, working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, has provided.

"I'd like to congratulate them on their 20th anniversary and wish them every success for the future."

Liam Brown who is a volunteer with the charity, said: "If it wasn't for Reeltime I wouldn't be at college studying music or playing in bands. I want people to know it really has changed my life. The tutors taught me things that aren't always obvious about interacting with others and teaching music."

Jim Sweeney, CEO of Youthlink Scotland said: "Reeltime Music is an absolutely fantastic example of a piece of community development in youth work which has managed to attract so many funders and supporters...It's an example of what can be done if you believe in young people."

Anniversary celebrations will continue with a local event held before the end of the year. Friends and former service users are encouraged to follow Reeltime's social media channels for more information.

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