#Focus5 Project

Sound Gallery CIC is proud to be a specialist delivery partner in the  #Focus5 Project which is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

The #Focus5 project provides in-depth support to young people aged 15-18 across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area to move towards education, employment and training. Sound Gallery’s role in the project is to provide music-making activities for young people who are ‘at risk of social exclusion’. This programme utilises music as a means of re-engaging young people with the outside world with an aim to increase confidence, improve employability and increase their ability to reach their full potential in life.

Sound Gallery’s role in the project is to provide music-making activities, including recording and singing studio experiences as well as music industry advice and music technology sessions, for young people (15-18 years) who are NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training). 

This programme utilises music as a means of re-engaging young people with the outside world with an aim to increase their confidence and to open up opportunities in life to help them improve their employability and reach their full potential.

Success Stories

Case study 1: Emily

Emily was referred to #Focus5 to build her confidence and to have a greater understanding of her options after school. After visiting the Academy of Music and Sound with her keyworker, Emily felt inspired. An application for their Level 3 music course soon followed and so did an application to Exeter College. Part of the application process meant that Emily had to sing for the tutors, an extraordinary achievement. Needless to say, Emily impressed and was granted a place on both courses. Emily decided to accept the offer from Exeter College, where she now studies. During her time with #Focus5 Emily also attended a number of recording sessions at Sound Gallery Studios where she recorded her beautiful interpretation of Pinball Wizard by The Who. You can listen to her tack here:  Emily’s song

Case Study 2

This young man was incredibly anxious about work and meeting new people, suffered from low confidence and lacked a CV or any experience of applying for jobs. #Focus5 supported him to open a bank account and accompanied him on the train to Exeter to visit Sound Gallery Studios. He attended sessions where he shadowed their head engineer and had two further work experience opportunities which allowed him to develop some employability skills and find out more about the music industry. This also helped him with his self-confidence and he applied for a Post 16 college course with the Academy of Music and Sound, which was successful! With his new found skills the young man also applied for a summer job as a full time packer with a local company and started work in July 2018 ahead of starting his RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners Course. Although he still feels anxious in certain situations, #Focus5 has enabled him to find coping strategies and his self esteem has rocketed. “I have found #Focus5 very helpful. I don’t think I would be in the position I am now without the support of my key worker. I feel the support I have received should be made widely available to all young people.”Listen to his track here:   Building confidence to apply for a new music course

Case Study 3: Ben

Becoming a voice over actor is Ben’s dream and he got to experience this when he stepped into the recording studio at Sound Gallery in Exeter. Ben enjoys comic character monologues and practising with different styles and accents. He thoroughly enjoyed recording the monologues and found working with sound engineer Duncan to be fascinating and fun. He enjoyed learning all about the recording and editing process and loved learning about the different effects that can be used. Impressively, Ben was able to recite each voice over from memory and you can hear his awesome work here:  Ben samples being a voice-over actor

Positive People programme

Sound Gallery is also working with Cosmic as part of the Positive People programme. ‘Positive People’, aims to help over 1,300 individuals (24 years +) who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This will include people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and people over 50 and will provide support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, help to master digital technology, and preparation for work including job search.