Eilidh’s Trust offers support during COVID-19

Eilidh MacLeod from Barra who died in the Manchester Arena bombing. NO F16 Eilidh MacLeod 01

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A musical trust in memory of Barra’s Manchester bomb victim Eilidh MacLeod wants to hear how it can keep up tuition support during COVID-19.

The Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust is looking for ideas on what it needs to do to create a bespoke support scheme for youth music education across Scotland while coronavirus continues.

The trust hopes that youth groups and tutors will get in touch with suggestions about how teaching and learning can best be delivered remotely over the coming weeks.

It also wants to hear about any innovations or good practice it can learn from, including finding out about challenges youth groups are facing in terms of technology or software which it can support.

Eilidh’s Trust was established in 2018 in memory of the teenager who died along with 21 others in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017.

The trust supports music education for young people reflecting Eilidh’s own musical ability and enjoyment as a piper with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band.

Suzanne White, founder and trustee said: ‘Eilidh’s Trust is a small charity and is limited in what we can do but we really want to play our full part in helping to deliver some continuity of learning and make sure this period can be a bit more manageable for young performers. We fully understand the need for tuition to continue so that creative skills progress and develop. It is also good for the young musicians to maintain a routine of learning in their chosen discipline, something we want to help facilitate.

‘We want music groups, tutors and pupils to tell us what works and what won’t work, and what Eilidh’s Trust can do to support youth music education throughout this period.’

Only groups or programmes complying with safeguarding and protection regulations to deliver online lessons can get support from the trust.

The trust  is looking to get this funding scheme established as soon as possible. Any ideas and suggestions to help can be sent through the trust’s social media sites or by emailing  hello@eilidhstrust.org.uk