East Ham tutor wants to make a difference for children
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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.”
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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.
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“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.”