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Alternative Engagement To Encourage Learning And Development Through Music And Creativity


Heavy Sound Project Film Excerpt - In The Frame

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Heavy Sound makes learning work for groups who face barriers to learning & inclusion. We primarily work with young people who have experienced trauma or barriers, helping to reengage through innovative projects using hip-hop, rapping, song writing, DJ’ing, music production, band work & more. Our practitioners are youth workers, lived experience mentors & music professionals. We focus on prevention and early intervention, offering a range of bespoke services which can be tailored to suit individual and group needs. Our help develop new skills whilst addressing issues around confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing by exploring self expression in a fully supported environment.

 

The Heavy Sound Community Reach & Inclusion Bus

The Heavy Sound Community Action Bus is a Partnership between Heavy Sound, The Scottish Prison Service and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, supported by STV Children’s Appeal and Edinburgh Kilt Walk to turn an out-of-service single decker into a mobile community outreach unit.

In the first collaboration of its kind, Heavy Sound is working with Police Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and the Scottish Prison Service (SPS).

Since January, volunteer prisoners at Saughton jail have stripped out the bus interior, and transformed it, installing hi-tech recording equipment.

Find out how your business or organisation can feature in our bus activities Here

 

Here’s how we can support you to create change…


Music Projects

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There is international evidence showing that resilient young people who end up doing well in spite of adversity have usually had the opportunity to experience positive engagement with a supportive, trusted adult.  

Our programmes use engaging, nurturing approaches to improve social, emotional and educational attainment, leading to improved health and wellbeing and future employability.

Workshops

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Explore the poetry, the power and the sounds of hip hop & popular music in one-off or short term participative workshops. Get hands on with DJ decks instruments & much more, no previous experience necessary.

We are an award-winning social enterprise run by community workers & multi-talented musicians qualified in various styles of music and who have experience of the music industry.

Studio

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Our community recording and music technology studio in Tranent, is equipped with equipment and instruments not usually found outside of mainstream studios and colleges or universities.

We utilise the space to provide music lessons, National 4 & 5 music technology exam tuition, small project and one-to-one work, all focussed on developing music production, recording, performing and writing skills.

 

Success Stories


I learned more about myself, that I’ve got a lot more potential than I thought I did. I’ve got a lot more confidence, that confidence is my key word of this whole project.
— Anonymous young person - Heavy Sound Project Film 'In the frame'
The young people are more confident, are sharing things and you can just see the difference as the weeks go on. We are putting it down definitely to this programme.
— Pamela Martin - Community Development Officer East Lothian Council
The main barriers affecting young people here is self belief. We’ve gone from kids who won’t speak out in class or talk to a new person to kids who’ll stand up and record their own song, I mean, words fail me, its amazing!
— Clare Hindle - Principal Teacher of Positive Relationships
I made a song about my friend who died. The biggest challenge was opening myself up, I was honest about it and it was hard but now I feel different, I feel better.
— Anonymous young person - Heavy Sound Project Film 'In the frame'
 

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Heavy Sound

changing Lives Through Music

A music making programme within secure services for young people.

Heavy Sound makes learning work for groups who face barriers to learning & inclusion. We primarily work with young people who have experienced trauma or barriers, helping to reengage through innovative projects using hip-hop, rapping, song writing, DJ’ing, music production, band work & more. Our practitioners are youth workers, lived experience mentors & music professionals. We focus on prevention and early intervention, offering a range of bespoke services which can be tailored to suit individual and group needs. Our help develop new skills whilst addressing issues around confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing by exploring self expression in a fully supported environment.