Grant awarded to Hazelwood Vision 2015/2016:FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01437
Date received: 23 May 2018
Date responded: 29 May 2018

Information requested

Details regarding a grant awarded to Hazelwood Vision (SC 039972) of £90,326 during 2015-16, its intended purpose and whether any checks were made on how the money was spent.


I have included all the information requested. It is worth clarifying, however, that the Hazelwood Vision received two separate payments from the Scottish Government's learning disability policy area – one of £50,000 for the financial year 2014/15 and one for £40,000 during the financial year 2015/16. Both of these grants were made to supported Hazelwood Vision's work to develop opportunities for participation in high quality music experiences and to develop a framework of music support for young people with learning disabilities.

The main of objectives of the grant were:

  • musicALL will work in partnership with Hazelwood School, Glendale Primary School, Linburn Academy, Lourdes RC Secondary School, Middlefield School, Glasgow Music Studios and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • The partners will work to enable young people both with and without additional support supports to come together to experience and participate in inclusive music sessions where each participant will have equal access to group tuition and the opportunity to belong to a music group or band. The approach used will focus on the assets of each young person and their talents and skills will flourish and be celebrated.
  • The project will meet the specific health inequalities outlined in Keys to Life [Scotland's learning disability strategy] by using music as the vehicle to enable all the young people involved:

    • Build relationships and work together as part of a team
    • Raise awareness of ability
    • Develop respect for each other
    • Belong to the same groups/bands
    • Work as independently as possible within the groups
    • Have choice, take the lead and have control
    • Have a say
    • Realise talent and fulfil potential
    • Have the right to perform in public should they wish to
    • Have access to age and culturally appropriate music – tuition and performance
    • Access a positive transition destination of their choosing
    • Have fun
    • Have equality of opportunity to play in bands and perform
    • Have enhanced quality of life through involvement in music with others
    • Make friends and feel included
  • musicALL will work as a delivery partner to the policy team to develop a framework for music support to meet a key activity within the strategic outcome of The Keys to Life - 'people with learning disabilities are able to participate in all aspects of community and society'.

The targets and milestones against which progress in achieving the grant's objectives and outcomes were monitored through regular meetings with Scottish Government officials. In addition, it was agreed that Inspiring Scotland, in collaboration with our the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (our strategic partner on the Keys to Life learning disability strategy), would provide further support to the project, including monitoring its progress.

As per the conditions of the grant award letters, the grants were to be used only for the purposes of the project set our above. Likewise, no part of the grants were to be used to fund any activity or material that was political in intention, use or presentation or which appeared to be designed to affect support for a political party.

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