Tina to inspire young guitarists at Sidmouth Youth Centre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 November 2016

Tina Bridgman performing outside the Grosvenor Tea Rooms in Sidmouth during Folk Week.

Tina Bridgman performing outside the Grosvenor Tea Rooms in Sidmouth during Folk Week.

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A musician, who relearned how to play the guitar after losing her hand, is the latest inspiring person to share her skills at Sidmouth Youth Centre.

The car accident and the process that followed gave Tina Bridgman a deep appreciation of the world of music and led to her unique method of teaching guitar that focuses on each hand separately.

The FolkWeek regular is visiting the Manstone Lane hub this evening (Tuesday) – the latest in a series of activities Young Devon has staged since it took over running the youth centre 18 months ago, and a taste of things to come.

The charity’s Jess Moffat said: “Tina’s masterclass is a pilot for what Young Devon is planning to be the first of a series of creative opportunities that we are looking to develop in the future at the centre.

“The youth centre is always looking for volunteers over the age of 18 to join the team to work to volunteer at our open access nights or to share any skills they have on our project night.

“So if you think that you can help introduce young people to music and would like support local young people, Young Devon would love to hear from you.”

The club opens on Monday evenings for its social action group, when youngsters are encouraged to get involved with campaigns and community work – from designing a float for the carnival to getting young people’s voices heard through Sidmouth’s Neighbourhood Plan process.

On Tuesdays, skilled volunteers teach skills such as cookery, arts, music, computer coding, PC building, electronics and up-cycling techniques.

Wednesday sessions are for 13 to 18-year-olds, while Fridays support 10 to 12-year-olds.

There is also a support group for families on Fridays between 1pm and 3pm, and then between 3pm and 5pm there is a drop in session staffed by youth workers.

Tina’s session will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Guitars will be provided for anyone who does not have their own.

For more on Young Devon, visit www.youngdevon.org.


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