Boom! Samba Drumming

Helping to build community confidence through samba drumming.

Sarah Sutton set up her own social enterprise, Boom! Samba Drumming, having been inspired by the power of music to bring people in the community together.

Sarah had been teaching in primary schools for 20 years, but decided to find another way to help people in the community. Having joined a local samba band she was inspired to set up her own social enterprise.

Through Boom!, Sarah leads drumming workshops with young people, the elderly, people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. At the workshops, participants rapidly build confidence and develop new skills, learning about the drums and history of Brazilian music as well as performing as a group. At Boom!, everyone believes the power of music can break down social barriers and unite people, giving them a sense of value and wellbeing.

Sarah is also part of the Whitley Bay Community Carnival Team and views carnivals as a great way to bring people in the community together, developing a wide range of skills from making costumes to creating headdresses and learning group routines.

Sarah has really benefited from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme - exposure to inspiring and motivating speakers, provides an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day running of the business and think about new opportunities. She also has a good relationship with her business mentor and has developed a great network of contacts to help her increase the social outreach of her enterprise even further.