Music opportunities for vulnerable young people

Surrey Arts has been supporting vulnerable groups such as refugees, unaccompanied minors and young people with disabilities and mental health needs for many years. Working closely with education providers, youth services, foster carers, NHS, police and local charities, we are proud to be able to promote arts opportunities for these groups.

For individual students such as looked after children, care leavers, or those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or youth offending, we can provide access to:

  • Music lessons
  • Music mentoring
  • Work placements
  • Shared apprenticeships
  • Training/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for group settings, such as Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and special schools we can provide
  • Music programmes and workshops
  • Training/CPD

How can we help?

For students with additional social or educational needs we believe that music can be an incredible tool for boosting self-confidence and the ability to process emotions.

Our services can encourage integration and social cohesion while providing a safe and creative environment to have fun and meet new friends. All this can reduce isolation and anxiety, improve mental health and emotional well-being, and improve numeracy and literacy learning skills

Where do we work?

Anywhere! We go where the students are. We currently work in a variety of settings outside mainstream schools. Workshops and training sessions have been taking place in Special Schools, Pupil Referral Units, (including medical PRUs), youth centres and a forensic medical unit.

Soundbeam is a technology that uses ultrasonic sensors to detect movement and translates them into sounds. We have just taken delivery of our own Soundbeam, and we are looking to use this to support music making in appropriate settings. If you would like to find out more about this please contact Surrey Arts, we'd love to be able to support you.


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