The Fruits of Our Work

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Since that inaugural event our approach has been a ‘bespoke’ way of working, tailored to individuals.


Here are some of the ways in we have helped people to have their skills and talents developed so that it has enabled creative and self-supporting work and/or future possibilities of a work within the creative and skilled industries.

The Fruits of Our Work"

acorn...Joshua, a young tenor from inner city Manchester with a late diagnosis of quite severe dyslexia, gained a place at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music Saturday school where he has studied successfully for a year. The Gettalife Project match-funded his Junior RNCM tuition fees. After his period with the Junior RNCM he studied for a time at Trinity Laban but later transferred to Birmingham Conservetoire on a full bursary and is now in his 2nd year,  training as a high baritone.

acorn...Joe, with a great love of music but no technical knowledge or training has been supported to learn keyboard skills, mentored and taught by professional pianist and performer, Andrew Wilde which was enabled by the Gettalife Project, which was in addition to his  studying A level music. He  wholeheartedly seized the opportunities offered him. When we were last in touch with this young man,  he was  considering the possibility of a musical career but even if it is not possible for music as a profession, such application and motivation will stand him in good stead with whatever he decides to do in the future. He has studied music technology at Salford University.

acorn... Sefton, a young man in his late twenties, whose dream was to train to become a barrister, we helped matched fund to enable him to complete his bar exams in 2009/2012. He was called to bar October 2011 and when last in touch, we were told he had been successful in an application for permanent work with a legal firm and has recently been involved with teaching at college/university level.

acorn...We have recently enabled two young men, who had been struggling with employment, to start a gardening and maintenance business on a small council estate in an area of South Manchester,  to buy a good quality van for their work as well as helping them obtain insurance.

acorn...For a 7year period we were in collaboration with Xaverian Sixth Form College. This culminated in the Spring in Winter concert at RNCM in which we showcased up-and coming young talent alongside Professional musicians.

acorn...During this year period, we supported a number of talented young people at Xaverian sixth-form college, by mentoring and bursaries over this 7year period, helping them fund their individual instrumental tuition at Xaverian College as a part of skill acquisition, which enabled possible University or music college entrance.

.acorn..We have supported two young women who had to leave home and live independently with the help of social services. One is now a full-time student at Leeds University.

acorn...Rabin. We enabled a process of beginning a strategy to help a young lad whose parents were successful asylum seekers due to religious persecution. They now live in Preston. Rabin along with other students of potential, was linked to a high quality professional musician-drummer/percussion, who affirmed this young man’s considerable talent. Rabin had a glowing report from his head of music as a potential percussionist in jazz and classical and contemporary music. He later graduated from his sixth form college to a music Conservetoire in Leeds which has a focus on cross-genre musical composition as well as other classic musical skills.

acorn...a young woman with significant family difficulties which have resulted in her living independently has been supported in her music studies through individual lessons. She has made considerable progress both in music theory and in her musical theatre studies. Most important for this young person has been the friendly mentoring offered by the Gettalife worker. This young woman, after sixth form studies at Xaverian, went on to  become a  full-time student at Leeds University.

The Fruits of Our Work

acorn...Rachel featured alongside Joshua in our Spring and Winter concert at RNCM.  Over quite a number of years during her time at RNCM, the Gettalife project supported this talented, potentially gifted musical accompanist and performer. We have paid for a CD recording and travel to her first professional recital.

acorn...Adam began a major career rethink in his early thirties. The Gettalife project enabled a latent talent to emerge and flourish through a travel grant to attend a book binding conference. The next stage was to enable a  move to Ruthin where he is became a full-time apprentice to designer bookbinder Paul Delrue. Adam is now a ‘fully-fledged ‘book-binder in his own right, working alongside Paul: a designer book-binder of national and international reputation.
acorn...Chloe who had no educational qualifications but keen to start a new beginning was given a trial period at Timpson’s and then after some months a permanent contract. Although no longer working for Timpson’s that first start in a working environment has shown her and her family what is possible, with commitment, motivation and hard work.

acorn...Stewart, one of the young men we have supported, was given a new beginning with a chance to work on high quality apprenticeship in catering at a city centre hotel. After having had a minor criminal record, he successfully completed his 1st year, then moving to work closer to home.
acorn...The Midland Apprenticeship Training. We now have 3 catering apprentices training at the Midland under the leadership of Head Executive Chef, Brian Spark, Aaron, Luke and Max. Here are just some of the quality creations of Luke, typical of what all 3 of the apprentices will have been making. It is our hope that when the Midland hotel re-opens that despite the medical emergency, the apprenticeship scheme will continue and these young people, will be able to build on what they have achieved so far.

The Midland Apprenticeship Training

acorn...The exception that proves the rule. Due to exceptional complex circumstances, we supported a young medical student who had dreamt of becoming a doctor from when she was six years old. After overcoming numerous life challenges, she had self-funded her medical studies at Keele University till her second year during which she came to our notice. We felt it right, although we do not fund students at University level, in this instance, due to her very particular circumstances. This young woman is now approaching her final year and we fully expect to rejoice with her, when she is fully-fledged and has joined our greatly esteemed NHS.