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East Ham tutor wants to make a difference for children

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 September 2015

Orleans Duncan

Orleans Duncan

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Music tutor Orleans Duncan loves helping others.

When he’s not teaching at schools for the Every Child A Musician council scheme, the 57-year-old is at the Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health.

East Ham resident Orleans, known as Ossy, said he “really enjoys trying to help” the children in Newham.

He said: “Working at the Coborn Centre, where children do need a lot of help and support, I can really see the difference that it makes.

“It’s all about making a difference and when I do teach them, I feel I do make a difference, as they become more confident and independent through music.”

Ossy has now been working at the centre, based in Newham University Hospital, for a year, completing a 12 week trial before landing the job.

The former theatre worker said it suited him as it fitted in with his musical background and his love for helping others.

“I have played instruments for years and have taught a few people before, but most of my teaching was giving friends lessons,” he said.

“I worked at Hoxton Hall for 15 years at music workshops, and I got to a point where I was doing a lot of support work, so from then on I have really enjoyed teaching people.”


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