Building Resilience in Disadvantaged Children and Young People through Musical Opportunities

STAR`s aim is to fund children and young people to enable them to take part in musical activities.

Musical Activities

Music funded projects have demonstrated the power that music provides in creating a positive impact on the social and emotional development and well being of children and young people facing challenging circumstances. Our own evaluation has proven that our music awards to young people have made a significant impact on creating positive and lasting change in their lives, helping them to build and develop resilience for coping with difficult circumstances. A resilient child can resist adversity, cope with uncertainty and recover more successfully from traumatic events or episodes.


  • Create opportunities to try out different musical activities
  • Fund weekly music tuition for those showing an interest and talent in music
  • Fund the hire and purchase of instruments
  • Improve knowledge and involvement of music making opportunities within Somerset


Our music project aims to deliver the following outcomes for our beneficiaries:

  • Build and develop resilience to challenging circumstances
  • Improve engagement in learning
  • Improve emotional and physical health and well being
  • Develop talent
  • Improve self esteem and self worth
  • Improve social skills and provide opportunities to make new friendships
  • Improve behaviour and reduce anti social and offending behaviour
  • Create positive relationships with adults
  • Greater community engagement and a sense of belonging.


If a child or young person has received funding from STAR for an event or activity, we request that an Evaluation Form is completed. Our funders need follow up information as to the impact of their funding, therefore the completion of the Evaluation Form is an essential criteria in order for funding to be granted. It also allows us to learn more about their experience and outcomes.

If you need to complete an Evaluation Form, please click on the button below, fill it in and either email it to or post it to STAR, PO Box 5176, Shepton Mallet, BA4 9DD


“By the start of her secondary education, Shannah had been reduced to tears and panic attacks, both at home and at school. She felt unable to make any contribution in class and fled if called upon; at home she was treated with disdain and made to feel small. Having been offered a PROMISE mentor, Shannah began to rediscover her real self. A key moment was when her mentor suggested and helped to arrange singing lessons, in strong contrast to her father’s dismissive, critical attitude. STAR funded these lessons and dancing lessons were later added. Now Shannah is preparing for Tertiary Education to study performing arts, and is a mature and confident young woman.”

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