Music work with vulnerable young people in Suffolk shows significant impact on wellbeing

A year-long impact study funded by the Cabinet Office’s Impact Readiness Fund, concludes that community music organisation Noise Solution’s fusing of informal music outreach and digital narrative work is “Statistically significant” in impacting on the wellbeing of participants in challenging circumstances.

In February 2016, Noise Solution was awarded funding from the Cabinet Office to work with The Social Investment Consultancy to measure its social impact. The resulting impact report shows that Noise Solution has serious impact with the young people it works with.

Noise Solution pairs professional musicians with people facing challenging circumstances, and they are tasked with making particpants successful at creating the music they value. The organisation then captures and shares their achievements using a blog or a ‘positive digital narrative’.

It is this quick mastery of a skill, combined with the easy and targeted sharing of success with the people whose opinions really matter to them that is allowing participants to reinvent themselves in a positive light.

UPDATE: An in-depth Master of Education thesis by Noise Solution’s Director Simon Glenister has reinforced these findings, and shows how the work impacts on participants feelings of autonomy, competency and relatedness – key requirements for increasing wellbeing.


A study of stakeholder perceptions of Noise Solution’s practices (MEd thesis)

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