We can now deliver 1:1 online mentoring (focussed on music production through online collaboration) with vulnerable youth. We do it in a way that enables us to safely digitally capture the experience and share it safely with family and key workers. We're increasing the protective factors around young people in a number of ways.
We're helping participants create a new story about themselves, so they see themselves in a new light - as successful. Becoming good at something quickly that other people perceive as complicated - creating music. The effect of making that happen, while digitally sharing the developing story with people they care about can be magical. Seeing them internalise the comments and messages from those important to them (who see and can comment on the process each week as it appears as a social media feed to them) is often transformational. All of our work is informed by the latest theory on how to intentionally impact on well-being. We know if we improve well-being we get better education/health and social outcomes. This process is designed to do all the right things to make that happen.
We also continue to be able to track well-being using NHS scales. Our 10 years experience at the cutting edge of digital youth work has seen us have consistently huge impacts on well-being for those often experiencing a history of not engaging with services. A recent independent report showed the work having huge financial savings for services and families. Last year we were names in Natwests top 100 performing social enterprises and this year we are a finalist in their impact award. Our work is internationally recognised as sector leading.
Noise Solution delivers 1:1 music mentoring sessions which have been independently proven to be highly statistically significant in positively impacting on well-being. We pair musicians with people who want to make their own genre of music, going to their own home initially to help them make the music they like, whatever it is
- Sessions last 2 hrs a week, and happen weekly over 10 weeks
- We build a digital story around that musical journey and share this with people the participant has identified as important in their life
- Those people then help co-create the digital story by commenting
- This has been proven to improve well-being, with transformative impacts on education, health, engagement outcomes
Short 3 minute video introducing Noise Solution's work
Noise Solution work one to one with people in many different challenging circumstances. The youngest we've worked with was 7 and the eldest 60. Most of our work though is between 12 to 25. We use music mentoring as a way to engage and impact on peoples well-being. We know if we do this we will impact on levels of self-confidence, engagement, health and educational outcomes. They don't need any experience at all, but they must be interested in music. Here's a short 3 minute video about what we do and how we've built an evidence base for the work we do.
Research states that increases in Well-being lead to better health, motivational and educational outcomes. Noise Solution is statistically significant in increasing Well-being, specialising in working with those individuals that services such as mental health or education, often struggle to engage with. To achieve these results we pair professional musicians with people in challenging circumstances. Over 10 weeks, a co-negotiated task-based project is completed, centred around the musical interests of the participant. This starts as outreach, in participants homes, and often progresses to a commercial recording studio Digital video, photo's, text and audio mirror their successful music creation sessions. Links to the platform are easily emailed weekly to family, school, professional key workers etc.
This 360-degree digital platform is a 'digital window of opportunity' providing a positive chance to engage meaningfully with participants, via comments left for participants to see. Everyone can 'virtually' be in the room, without having to physically be there. It is not just about capturing the impact though, the digital narrative co-created by everyone, as they leave comments, drives the impact as participants see others validating their success. Participants develop a task orientated music task, Digital narrative provides a platform for engagement around that positive experience
Our model is underpinned by academic and practical research (Deci and Ryan, 2013). The specific aim is of strengthening the three psychological underpinnings of Well-being. Those being competence, autonomy and relatedness. Autonomy is established through co-negotiated project goals, competency through quick success at something societally perceived as complicated (creating music) and relatedness through the creation of a 360-degree digital platform enabling communication and recognition of success.You can view an example here where school, family and participant have all co-created a positive story around the participant's musical journey.
The cabinet office recently funded a £30,000 independent impact report of Noise Solution's work (attached). It identified that as an approach Noise Solution is proven to be "statistically significant" in increasing well-being (measured using a nationally validated tool, used by the UK Government and the NHS) It also highlighted the following outcomes.
This provider was Quality Assured in 2016 and is now an approved provider by Suffolk County Council's Quality Assurance and Provider Development Team - find out more here.