Sistema in Norwich Peer Leader Programme
The Sistema Peer Leader Programme gave young people in Norwich the chance to develop as music and youthwork leaders as part of the new Sistema Nucleo (or music centre) based at Martineau Memorial Hall in Colegate. The new Nucleo extended Sistema in Norwich provision with a standalone offer to the 12 to 16 year range. The programme is funded by the Cabinet Office and run in partnership with CultureWorks East.
The project developed the basis of our ongoing initiative to create a Sistema programme for young people leaving the primary-age level of the programme and grounding this engagement in an active citizen/co-commissioning model, where young people are at the heart of developing and running the programme.
The programme evaluation established that there was a statistically significant impact and a case for a fully fledged programme. The full report is available through the Sistema in Norwich website.
Peer leader development took place in two age ranges, 12 to 15yrs and 16 to 18yrs, open to any young person interested in developing their skills and experience in this way, but particularly from less well off areas of the city. These peer leaders were actively involved in the delivery of the new Nucleo sessions.
The new Sistema Nucleo ran provision after school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and on Saturdays, at Martineau Memorial Hall, in Colegate, Norwich.
The nucleo was focussed on young people from less well off areas of the city, such as the Larkman, Lakenham, Catton Grove, Bowthorpe, Heartsease and Mile Cross areas, between the ages of 12 and 16yrs, who were at risk of becoming NEET (Not in education, employment or training).