Music can be the key to engaging young people who are facing challenging circumstances: building confidence and self-esteem, resilience, self-belief and motivation.
We work in partnership with other professionals in social services, youth support, youth justice and the voluntary sector to provide specialist 1-1 and small group music mentoring, as well as short courses, to get young people where they want to go through music or in music.
We work on a referral basis for individual young people, as well as being commissioned to deliver programmes (ie for 10 weeks/term or a full year), workshops, or ongoing weekly provision.
Prince’s Trust contracts us each year to deliver its ‘Get started in music’ week-long music programme, and we have experience of working with many other young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
We support them to build their confidence, develop their skills, and work out their next steps in music.
YOUTH SUPPORT / INTERVENTION
Our Key Changes referral programme provides young people who are vulnerable or facing challenging circumstances, with one-to-one music mentoring to help them to write, play and record music. In doing so they learn a range of skills, raise their self-esteem and self-confidence, achieve through music, and gain a range of other benefits.
We’ve worked with young offenders in the past, and are currently co-creating a programme of work with professionals working in youth justice in Gloucestershire. More on this soon, watch this space and get in touch if you’d like to know more …
SEE THE EVIDENCE
Hear from young people who have participated in our Prince’s Trust week-long course, or see Jordan’s video on the front page of this site.
Bethanie had experienced many years of very challenging medical issues when she was referred to our Music Minds teenage mental health programme. As a result, she had very low mood and confidence, and there was a concern this may escalate due to her isolation and...
Beth, aka ‘Grove’ is a 20-year old vocalist from Gloucestershire who’s part of our Upsurge artist development programme. She thought she was destined to work in ‘dead-end jobs’ until someone gave her a ‘big break’. All that’s changed since she became involved with...
Video: This song was created and performed by two young women, who took part in our Music Minds programme in 2016. Jenny, aged 13, was in the 'top five' of students with challenging behaviour in her school. She would regularly argue with staff, and disrupt and...