Band night at Tavistock Youth Cafe

space*  Community Team- Torridge and West Devon

Youth Cafe manager Vicki Lloyd- Walsh with Tutor Shaun Smith presenting senior worker from The Yard Alex Gurpinar with music equipment… and a smoke machine!!

Youth Leaders from The Yard youth club in Moretonhampstead attended the last DYS “Youth Work Works” conference held at Heatree House in Feb 2016. One of the guest speakers that day were a group from the Tavistock Youth Cafe Zephyr project, which is a music project, held on a Thursday evening where young people can receive music tuition on drums, bass or electric guitar for £2 per session. The session generally end the with a group ‘jam’, and the group work towards performances throughout the year.  The session has been running for 8 years and the current tutors are all previous students who have come through the project.

Alex and a board member from The Yard attended the conference at Heatree and were so inspired by the presentation that they set about creating their own music session at the youth centre. With the help of generous donations of equipment from James Key of Harlington Garage Newton Abbot they now have a drum kit,  electric guitar and an amplifier and now hold a monthly ‘jam night’ every third Wednesday.

The Zephyr tutors heard that Moretonhampstead had started their own project after hearing about theirs and were keen to support them in whichever way they could. They invited them to bring a group of young people along the their next fundraising band night and on December 8th a group of approx 7 young people and 3 members of staff made the trip across the very misty moor to visit.

3 bands were appearing that evening including  Renegades- a ‘Rage against the Machine’ cover band and a local rapper, Jacob Earley.

Shaun Smith – one of the tutors said “we were so excited when we heard that we had inspired another youth centre to start a music project- we hope to be able to go out and visit one of their jam nights in the near future” The Zephyr project were able to help the group with donations of keyboard and mic stands.

Senior Worker Alex said “once the young people got used to being in a different centre with unfamiliar young people they really enjoyed themselves- it was great for them to see what could be achieved and they are really looking forward to the lads being able to come out to Moretonhampstead”

“Thanks to the donation of the keyboard stand we are now able to use our keyboard properly without having to balance it on a table or cupboard!”

The young people thought the whole event was ‘awesome’ and Community Team worker with space* Caroline Down is hoping to get the two centres back together again when the next music opportunity arises!

“ I have worked with both groups quite closely over the last year in my role as their Community youth worker so to see them both come together was really amazing- the young people really enjoyed it and everyone seemed to get a lot out of it”


To find out more about Tavistock Youth Cafe Zephry project call Vicki Lloyd Walsh on 07913695571  or email
And for more information about the The Yard- phone 01647 440830

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