Outthere is a companion participatory music project to My Tunes. In it we focus on working with 16-25 year olds who are ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. It is delivered by Actiontrack music leaders and funded predominantly by Youth Music with support from Sound Foundation Somerset (Somerset's Music Education Hub).
As with My Tunes, we work mainly on a one-to-one basis either at the Actiontrack Recording Studio in Taunton, or in spaces local to the participants. Sessions are co-authored with the participants and are constructed around their interests. A variety of music-making styles and genres are on offer and we reach individuals through a referral process.
The aim is to enhance communication and social skills as well as supporting self confidence and self expression through music making. It also includes a remote learning module supported by Yorkshire based NYMAZ, where we are exploring and piloting digital delivery with the participants.
Referrers represent a range of agencies including Focus 5, Family Intervention Service, Youth Offending Team, the Virtual School, FE Colleges Student Support Services, SEND Professional Advisory Services, Leaving Care, Children Looked After, Yeovil4Family, Social Work Team and more recently SomersetWorks NEETS Project.
Outthere is currently funded as a 3 year project and comes to an end in July 2021. We are aiming to hold an end of project conference and will be exploring further funding options to continue the work. It is independently evaluated by Bath-based Annabel Jackson Associates.
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