On a beautiful summers day this week the High Sheriff met Handsworth’s Apache Indian outside Handsworth College. They had agreed to meet to visit the AIM Academy of Music based in the Old Fire Station, now on the Birmingham’s South & City College Campus.
One of Handsworth’s famous sons opened the fire station red door and ushered the High Sheriff in to walls adorned with music memorabelia, pictures of young people from all backgrounds enjoying a free music space whose only rules are to be well mannered and committed to making good music.
Apache is regularly on tour across the globe, but wednesdays are AIM days ” where kids off the pavement know they can come in, chill and make music.” Luchtime is not the busiest time – come back at night and you’ll really see us in action.” At which point music blasted out from the live room and a young rapper kicked in.
Drummer Pam joined us and checked out the High Sheriff’s online credentials before taking the obligatory Sheriff salute shot.
The pictures on the wall capture how many people have used aim and one captures when Cllr Leddy, a previous Lord Mayor of Birmingham came to the fire station to open the Academy.
Check out the twitter feed to see how aim fans benefit from the massive effort Apache indian puts in to make sure the kids who come through the door get the support, mentorship and professional experience to enable them to build their self esteem and belief.
This is community volunteering at its best. An honour to have been invited into the old Firestation and look forward to returning one wednesday night.
@SouthallMela sunday 7th