Within the Soundwaves project, Daisi is committed to working with a wide range of diverse targeted settings. Building partnerships with specific groups and organisations across Devon and Torbay that work with young people with identified physical, social or economic needs and other forms of challenging circumstances.
The settings we are working with include, regular youth groups, the YMCA, sheltered housing projects, groups for specialist provision, youth offending services and medical tuition services.
These projects range from regular group sessions, to 1:1 support and drop in sessions. They offer specialist tailored musical support and activity, designed to help build confidence, skills, communication, well-being and self-efficacy.
Targeted work at CEDA
We have been working with music leader Gemma Gardner at CEDA, (Community, Equality, Disability Action). Gemma has been exploring the benefits of sound and music for disabled young people and finding ways to take action and break down barriers to musical access for children and young people through specific sensory and wellbeing activities. The work we do is not only about improving the musical skills of participants, but also creating positive environments and activities that celebrate music making in all its forms; and support young peoples emotional wellbeing. Gemma said that they had seen evidence of:
- improved sleep
- reduced behavioural issues
- improve respiratory rate
- reduced depression
- improved general well-being
“It’s been amazing! Testing and really pushing me out my comfort zone, but it’s taught me so much, it’s been a journey for the guys I work with but also for myself, it’s been a great experience”Gemma Gardner
You can find out more about Gemma’s work by following the link below to a detailed case study on Gemma’s inclusive participatory activities and to find creative ways of using Himalayan singing bowls.
Axminster Youth Club
One of our partner organisations is BSharp, who are working at the Axminster Youth Club, to introduce and engage young people in music making who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. Their music making sessions help with personal and social development, as well as provide a positive creative activity and safe space for young people. Axminster is an area of identified low cultural opportunities and this group allows young people the opportunity to express themselves and build confidence and connect with others, in ways that they would otherwise not be able to.
Weekly informal music and jamming sessions for instrumentalists, vocalists, and technicians age 11-18 are being held at Pippins Community Centre in Axminster. Which are being led by Bsharp musicians Jack Beale and Kelly Osborne. If you are interested in joining the Axminster youth club and finding out more about Bsharp follow the link below:
Dartmouth Caring Group
We worked in collaboration between Moor To Sea Music, Dartmouth Caring and Dartmouth Academy to bring a group of 8 young people together. Who were identified as at risk of social isolation, due challenging social circumstances, but who all had a real interest and drive to explore creative music making. The aim, was to increase self-esteem and confidence and ensure these young people didn’t miss out on the opportunity to express themselves through music making.
The young people developed a range of skills, including instrumental, vocal, playing cover songs, creating composition, exploring and translating emotions into music and visiting a local primary school to perform and teach and share with younger students. Song writing became a main focus, as the young people identified the need to express themselves and their voice, despite doubting their technical abilities they were fueled and inspired by what they had to say, and understood that the things they were feeling could be translated and would speak to other young people.
A podcast was created as a result,which explored the themes of isolation and loneliness and was a reflection of what was happening in their lives at the time, and especially their feelings of moving from year 6 to year 7. This aspect was fully created and directed by the young people and included their own original music.
TOPLINE – Pelican Project
Working with young people with disabilities from the Pelican Project and Exeter College Music HND students to create ‘TOPLINE’ a collaborative song writing and music making project. Aiming to give the pelican clients the opportunity to communicate and look for emotions in their day to day experiences and giving a musical voice to people who in some cases have no language or limited musical backgrounds.
“It was great fun to play with all kinds of instruments and meet new people. I would call Matt a comedy man and found him easy to work with. I was made to feel welcome and enjoyed taking part in the experience I’m having a song written about me! I can’t wait to hear it !”Robbie aged 20
The pelican clients got the opportunity to develop new musical skills, and to connect with other young musicians and ensure their voice was heard. The Exeter college students gained valuable experience of working inclusively with vulnerable young people, building up resilience, adaptability and transferable skills which enable theses future musicians and music leaders the ability to create inclusive musical programmes.
As an added result one of the song writing groups formed a bond with their client which led to a further opportunity to record in a music studio and rehearse together. This facilitated a situation in which the pelican client was able to mix with his peers in a mainstream setting and collaborate directly on his own creative project. In turn this prompted a growth in confidence and a real sense of cultural ownership of the material created.
“It was a privilege to work with Pelican and I learnt a huge amount about leading and running community arts activities. Really inclusive and in some cases transformation– Exeter College student