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.
Like many young people we work with, Richard (not his real name), a student in year 10, had always struggled with school. He didn’t fit in, had extremely low confidence, and had been bullied. Coming to the afterschool club at SoundSpace Studios, Cinderford, has transformed his attitude to himself, and his wellbeing.
Tom had been referred to us by a local service for people with mental health problems. He was suffering from anger problems, was often violent, and had very few friends. He had lost interest in life and was a loner, spending his time gaming on his computer and listening to old-school hip-hop.
Robin Jones, our manager at SoundSpace Studios (based at The Forest High School, Cinderford), was featured in the local press last month ..