18 December, 2018

The Making It programme gets national recognition

The Youth Support Team and The Music Works, a local charity, has won the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers (AYM) John Hawkins Award for the best delivery programme across England and Wales within all Youth Offending Teams (YOT).


The award was judged by four young people from Wakefield YOT – last year’s winner – and they were unanimous in declaring The Music Works’ ‘Making It’ programme this year’s winner.


Making It is a music mentoring programme which helps young people who have offended or are at risk of offending to discover their potential through music, and explore the difference that music can make in their lives. It was co-created by The Music Works and the YST.

Mentors from The Music Works work alongside each young person to understand their musical passions and interests (which may also come from films, gaming or other creative areas of their life), and build trust, mutual respect and understanding.

The young person collaborates with their mentor each week to explore and build on her/his interests and skills, and explore their musical and life goals. These sessions might involve anything from making, recording and mixing music using instruments and/or technology; to building music industry-related skills like putting on events.

The Making It programme sees young people grow in self-belief and purpose and reduce their negative behaviours. They develop their creativity, confidence, self-belief and motivation. In many cases they find new aspirations for the future, become more mentally resilient and improve their relationships.

The young people judging the competition enjoyed discussing the Making It entry more than any of the others, and felt inspired by it. One of the judges decided to start writing some lyrics, and another is going to learn to play the guitar. They even joked about forming a YOT boy band! All agreed it would be something they’d like to be part of given the chance.

Deborah Potts, CEO of The Music Works said:

It’s fantastic to have this wider recognition for the hard work that both teams, and young people, have put into this programme. Like many of our programmes it’s been developed alongside young people and our partners, responding to their ideas and feedback and that’s why we know it works. We’ve recently heard good news that Youth Music, the national charity which invests in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances, is going to be supporting the programme for another two years, so it’s a double celebration for everyone involved.”

Making It is funded by the Youth Support Team and the first phase was also funded by the Real Ideas Organisation, High Sheriffs’ Fund Gloucestershire, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Gloucestershire, Postcode Community Trust and Cotswold Primrose Trust.


This article was modified from and first appeared in the Shaw Trust internal newsletter, The Loop.


Coronavirus update for YST services

At Gloucestershire Youth Support Team (YST) our priority is the safety and well being of the young people we work with and the staff that work so hard to support them. So for the foreseeable future, the YST will be delivered online and over the phone rather than in person.

All group work and events have been postponed until further notice, but we aim to keep in touch via social media and here. You can still contact us at info.glos@prospects.co.uk.

We will continue a skeleton service for those who are considered at high risk and do what we can to ease the burden and risks of social distancing and social isolation. We know these are difficult times, keep safe.

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