To the Beat of the Drum Podcast – #FitToMarch


A series of 5 podcasts will be released throughout Good Relations Week looking at the work of the Bands Forum over the past 10 years and its work during lockdown.

This episode looks back at our successful #fittomarch initative presented by Andrew Lynch, Londonderry Bands Forum Educational Outreach Officer and Stephen Porter, Londonderry bands Forum Co-Ordinator. We discuss with a number of participants in our fit to march programme which ran throughout lockdown and encouraged band members to get out walking and count their steps. The programme had over four hundred participants from over thirty bands across Northern Ireland and Scotland.
In this podcast the participants talk about the benefits the programme had in both their physical and mental health. They also discuss a number of different aspects of what it is like to be in a band.

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Londonderry Bands Forum

Organiser Bio: The Londonderry Bands Forum are members of the Confederation of Ulster Bands and have lobbied on behalf of all bands with government and statutory agencies in order to try to stop music, culture and bands being used as a political football between various political factions. The organisations offers practical employment based training to members through Event Management and Driving Skills courses. They have also offered young leader training and work on media training, both social and mainstream, and promote achievement for all in the education system.

Contact Name: Stephen Porter

Contact Number: 0780 931 5636

Contact Email: stephen@londonderrybandsforum.com

Address: 20-22 Hawkin Street Londonderry BT48 6RE

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