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Noise Solution set to expand service to help more youngsters across the region

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A social enterprise which uses music to transform the lives of youngsters is expanding its operations.

Noise Solution, based in Bury St Edmunds, pairs professional musician mentors with 'at-risk' young people facing complex issues.

Musicians use their music technology know-how, in particular beat-making, as well as other musical skills as a tool to improve confidence, motivation and well-being.

Simon Glenister of Noise Solution is looking to take on more tutors. Picture by Mark Westley
Simon Glenister of Noise Solution is looking to take on more tutors. Picture by Mark Westley

Based at the Hunter Club, the organisation is run by Simon Glenister, who is now looking to take on more musicians across Suffolk Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

“This is an amazing opportunity for musicians to help make a massive difference in someone’s lives,” he said.

“Even our most experienced musicians get to learn new things, and explore new genres they aren’t familiar with.

“A recent study showed that our work with a group of 250 children had doubled their sense of wellbeing and saved £1 million in costs that might have been incurred otherwise for local authorities, mental health services, and parents.”

Noise solution was founded in 2009.

It now works with around 150 children a year through online and face-to-face sessions.

It works with schools, local authorities, alternative education providers, and other statutory agencies with issues such as school refusal, disruptive behaviours, children struggling to thrive, attendance issues, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, low engagement, neurodiversity, anxiety, depression and students at risk of exclusion.

Young people are paired with a musician and given access to a secure online platform.

Musicians and participants then capture highlights of each session using audio, photos, videos and text to develop an individual digital story or weekly ‘stream’ of their growing success.

Candidates for the new jobs will need a thorough knowledge of music technology tools, including sequencing and sampling, working knowledge of DAW software and an openness to learning new software.

Music-making skills across a range of instruments such as keys, drums, guitar would also be key to the role.

Noise Solution has a team of 26 paid tutors and is looking to boost this to more than 30.

Tutor Jay Goodrich, who runs group and one-to-one sessions, said: “Noise Solution enables me to use my skills as a musician in the coolest way.

"Seeing people’s well-being improve through this medium is an absolute delight.”

For more information, visit: www.noisesolution.org