Health and Safety Gone Music Mad

A health and safety team checking out a new recording studio for the Windmill Park Community Centre in Southall convinced fellow colleagues to release a charity CD for Comic Relief this Friday. Confounding the stereotype of bureaucratic killjoys, the team from Catalyst Housing liked the facility so much they wanted to have a go themselves.

The CD was recorded under the watchful eye of West London resident DJ Brandon Block at the studio, part of a £50,000 refurbishment of the Catalyst run community centre on the Windmill Park estate and Lancaster Road estate. Funding came from a grant from The Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions – after a public vote and a live appearance on television news.

Catalyst employees picked their favourite karaoke tracks to record, with everything from Guns ‘n’ Rose to Kylie Minogue getting the Catalyst treatment. The CD is being sold across the housing association raising hundreds of pounds for the bi-annual charity appeal.

DJ Brandon Block said:

“It’s fantastic to have a studio like this for the local community, and the CD will raise much needed funds for Comic Relief. I’m glad I came along to stick my red nose in.”

Wayne Griffiths, Health and Safety Officer at Catalyst Housing said:

“I know people think we’re usually stopping people having fun, but Health and Safety Officers like a good laugh like everyone else. As soon as I saw these great facilities, I couldn’t resist showing the world my version of Father and Son.”

Michelle Robinson, Community Development Officer said

“Young people and adults from the estate can use The WMP Music Studio at no cost to learn new and exciting skills all around music. The studio has been kitted out with all the latest music equipment and built to a high standard and it’s already proving a major hit with the young people who live on the estate”

The refurbished community centre aims to have a huge impact throughout the local area, opening up opportunities to learn everything from basic computer skills to how to design a website. The new facilities will also help the estate to combat problems such as unemployment and anti-social behaviour by opening up new training opportunities to get people back into work and be a space for young people to spend their time. Catalyst are working with Ren Entertainment, a local music organisation, to deliver music workshops and accreditations from the studio. Young people are able to book their own time slots through the WMP youth Club.