Beat Routes is a National Lottery-funded youth group in Slough that provides a stimulating and positive environment for young people through creative music and arts sessions.
Despite the introduction of the nationwide quarantine, dedicated staff at Beat Routes are still working hard to ensure young people are not isolated by moving all workshops, apprenticeship and mentoring sessions and classes to an online platform.
Every weekday evening, Beat Routes delivers a different creative session to keep connected with the young people in the town, including one-to-one sessions, rapping tutorials via Zoom, and online collaborative song-writing and jam sessions. Songs written during these sessions will then be performed at online events that will bring together the young people who attend Beat Routes.
Also on offer are visual arts classes via Zoom, inviting young people to talk about influential artists and to use whatever materials may be lying about the house to create homemade pieces of art. Online choir groups, spoken word events, and mentoring sessions will also be taking place over the coming weeks.