Childrens International Voices of Enfield
In 1991 June and Christopher Keyte founded Children’s International Voices of Enfield - which consists of four choirs of young people aged 4 – 20. Their intention is to offer experiences in performance and musicianship to young people through encouraging the joys of singing as well as the teaching of English through the medium of songs.
June, who has been running the Achievement Award scheme since 2007, told us how the scheme has had a positive impact on the young people at Children’s International Voices of Enfield.
"I found out about the Achievement Award having read about a local Scout group who were involved with the scheme and so I decided to apply.
The scheme is such an inspiration to the young people at Children's International Voices of Enfield. They are thrilled to be able to nominate peers for the awards as they are encouraged to think carefully about their who to nominate. It makes them feel confident and mature to be able to make these important decisions. It is always an exciting time when the voting papers naming the selected choristers are read out at our committee meeting.
Once selected, we present the nominated award winners with a wish list to choose an item from. The entire choir actively participates in creating our wish list and we have had such enhancement in our work from items that we have been able to purchase with each young person’s grant. We cannot thank you enough for these extra opportunities afforded to them.
The Jack Petchey Foundation is the most amazing, caring, inspiring and innovative organisation I have ever known about in over fifty years of being Director of Music and Expressive Arts in Comprehensive Schools. They place young people in the forefront of their minds by giving them encouragement for self-motivation, drive, working together and bringing harmony and friendship into their lives to share with their peers, families and community.
I would most certainly recommend other organisations to get in touch with the Jack Petchey Foundation in the hope that they too will have the wonderful opportunities which Jack Petchey has given to us.”