East Ham tutor wants to make a difference for children

Orleans Duncan

Orleans Duncan - Credit: Archant

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.

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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.”

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