New mobile music van on the road in Norwich

The Tracks Van

The Tracks Van - Credit: Archant

A new £20,000 mobile recording studio is aiming to support vulnerable and disengaged young people through music.

The Tracks Van features a sound proof vocal booth and other top-end recording equipment, including a digital desk and keyboard.

Norwich Youth for Christ, which runs the service, now hopes to take the van into schools across the city to work with young people.

Sarah Ballard, who came up with the idea, said: 'I have always had a passion for using music to support young people as they develop and grow through their teenage years.

'I always felt that a recording facility is something that is really beneficial, partly in how they learn and develop but also as a confidence boost.

'When you do a songwriting session with young people you find they are more able express what they are thinking or feeling about something through what they write or record.'

It is hoped that the mobile recording studio, which was launched this week, will help raise young people's self esteem, and to re-engage them with their education.

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And while the van will be primarily used for schools and youth clubs, it will also be hired out to community groups and churches.

Daisy Palmer, who is a young singer and songwriter, said: 'I think it is really exciting because I started doing some songs with my sister, so the thought of being able to record some songs ourselves is really exciting.

'I think it is a really great opportunity because it is going to be used around schools, so it will bring a whole load of people in.'

Are you launching a new project to benefit the community? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684 or email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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