We believe every young person will benefit from meeting regularly with a mentor. Experience has taught us that engagement with a positive role model will improve confidence and give youngsters a listening ear to which they can ask questions and share experiences. Music provides us with an additional medium to encourage creativity and self expression.About
We believe the most effective form of support is given one-to-one. In this environment, mentors offer support and encourage creativity and expression. This offers young people an immediate role model; a neutral party between parent and teacher, focusing solely on the young person's well being.Training
Music draws people together. Young people co-write, jam and complete musical challenges together. Irrespective of school, background or even musical ability, we have found friendships and community to form quickly and flourish.Contact
"The sessions were organised and well run. The mentor acted as a very positive role model for the students. Students engaged well with the project and there were noticeable improvements in their achievement and attitude in school. I would wholeheartedly recommend this project to other schools as a strategy to re-engage young people through their interest in music."
Allison Bale, Deputy Head Teacher at Southchurch High School
"In a relatively short amount of time I've spent in this music programme I have found my music composition skills have increased dramatically. There has not been one second where I haven't thoroughly enjoyed it and it has been a perfect opportunity for me to express myself using music"
"Music Mentoring has boosted my confidence, normally I'm shy. I use Garageband at home now and it's kept me off video games. I'd 100% recommend these sessions as it keeps you out of trouble."
"Yes, it was an incentive to stay in school. [Music Mentoring] has certainly increased my confidence, creativity and knowledge of music.
Thad, mentee at risk of engaging with gangs
"This is a great project to engage young people in. Young people often don't feel listened to and this offers them a safe space to be mentored by positive role models whilst giving them a voice to express themselves through songwriting'.
Timothy Churchward, social worker for Youth Offending Service
"I would say 'Mark' was at a crossroads before these sessions and could have quite easily taken the wrong turning but with the support and positive experience of the sessions he has not only found a focus but has also found something he is willing to make the right choices for and commit to."
Christine, Head of Year 11 at Shoebury High School