THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE
We work with young people to engage them through music, build confidence, self-belief and motivation, and so empower them to improve their life chances.
This can lead to improvements in:
attitudes to learning and confidence in educational achievement increasing attainment and helping them progress through vocational or academic routes and into employment.
attendance at school
aspirations for the future
behaviours and relationships with others
mental health and wellbeing
and of course musical ability.
We develop young people’s musical and technical abilities and provide progression routes and opportunities for those who wish to pursue them.
We measure our impact according to authenticity, inclusivity, engagement, creativity, empowerment and sustainability. We aren’t interested in one-off projects that don’t have an ongoing impact. We want to make a significant difference to young people’s lives in Gloucestershire.
We also work strategically, to:
Develop the music workforce, training musicians, teaching staff and youth workers, as well as supporting young leaders, so that the county can deliver more and better quality music provision.
Network and connect with individuals and organisations who can provide opportunities and progression routes for young people. We’re a key partner in Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub and work with schools and other partners to make sure music education reaches as many children and young people as possible, and makes a difference to their lives and futures.
Increase understanding of the importance of music, amongst schools, policymakers and funders, building support for the sector now and in the future.
Read more about the young people we work with and the difference we’ve made.
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 ..