Deputy First Minister visits Big Noise 

Shona Robison MSP, Deputy First Minister, makes a special visit to Big Noise Raploch


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On Thursday morning, Shona Robison MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Big Noise Raploch to see first-hand how Big Noise is transforming lives in Stirling. Ms Robison was given a tour of Big Noise Raploch and spoke to young participants and their families to hear more about the programme’s positive impact on the community.

 

The Finance Secretary met Sistema Scotland’s chief executive Vicky Williams, who had served as the head of centre at Big Noise Raploch until her appointment as CEO last year. Also present were David Munn, Sistema Scotland’s Director of Music and Curriculum, Ysla Pinto, Senior Musician at Big Noise Raploch, and Big Noise Raploch’s Head of Centre Jo Ashcroft. Ms Robison also attended a Little Noise parent and toddler music session and a short concert that brought together various elements of Big Noise.

 

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The Scottish Government has invested in Sistema Scotland's Big Noise programmes for over a decade. Last year, it committed increased support for 2023/24 to ensure the sustainability of the programmes in an increasingly challenging funding context. In addition, the organisation continues to raise significant funding from private trusts, foundations, lotteries, corporates, and individuals.

 

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Deputy First Minister Shona Robison said:

“I was pleased to visit Big Noise Raploch to see the work they do and the positive impact the Big Noise programme is having on children and families in this community.

“Not only does the programme enable young people to realise their potential but it also has many wider social and economic benefits.

“It was fantastic to see the creativity, confidence and pride displayed by the children and young people I was able to meet.

“Sistema Scotland’s work is a clear example of how increasing access to cultural opportunities contributes to reducing inequalities and improving outcomes.

“In 2023-2024 Sistema Scotland received £2.6 million from the Scottish Government and we are proud to continue our support.”

 

Vicky Williams, chief executive of Sistema Scotland, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Deputy First Minister Shona Robison to Big Noise Raploch to hear more about our work in Stirling and in other parts of Scotland.

“This visit allowed Ms Robison to see first-hand the positive impact we are having on young people’s lives and in the wider community.

“We are grateful to the Scottish Government for its ongoing support of our work to improve lives and reduce inequalities.

“It is clear that Big Noise, through nurturing and supportive relationships, helps children and young people reach their full potential by equipping them with vital life skills and enhancing their academic skills.

“We also know that taking part in Big Noise increases confidence and self-esteem, as well as participants’ creativity, aspiration and sense of belonging.”

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