Sound Gallery Studios to Help Vulnerable Young People Increase Skills and Confidence
Exeter-based social enterprise Sound Gallery CIC is proud to be delivery partners in the #Focus5 project. Sound Gallery runs recording studios and artist development facilities in the cultural heart of Exeter, designs social inclusion programmes for fragile young people and provides professional audio resources and expertise for the whole community.
The #Focus5 project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme and is jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. This project aims to help some of the South West’s most vulnerable young people to make positive steps towards education, employment and training. #Focus5 will provide in-depth support to young people aged 15-18 across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership area, and make a real difference to their lives.
Over the next three years, Sound Gallery’s Access to SiMPTI (Standards in Music Production Technology and Industry) programme will be part of the #Focus5 project. The Access to SiMPTI (Standards in Music Production Technology and Industry) programme is specially designed by Sound Gallery to provide music-making activities for young people who are ‘at risk of social exclusion’ with an aim to increase their confidence and improve their chances of reaching their full potential in life. This programme takes place at Sound Gallery Studios in Exeter and includes work-based training, music production and creative music technology courses, sessions on how to build and sustain a career in the music industry, marketing, social media and social enterprise skills and offers volunteering opportunities in music industry events and live music showcases hosted by Sound Gallery.
The #Focus5 project will be working with a range of partners to support 490 individuals in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay; including those with mental health issues, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), lone parents, and care leavers. #Focus5 does exactly what it ‘says on the tin’ and focuses on 5 key crucial employability skills, identified by employers as being gateways to employment; communication, customer service, organisation, problem solving, and team work. Young people on the project will get the opportunity to engage in work experience or work shadowing, and receive additional support after leaving the programme so that positive benefits are sustained. Sound Gallery CIC is super excited to be part of the #Focus5 project.
Sound Gallery’s education and marketing manager Maria Peters, says:
‘We are very pleased to be part of this exciting new initiative. It is very much in line with our own priorities and social objectives and gives us the opportunity to offer our programmes and expertise to the young people who are hardest to reach in our society’.