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The Brunel Academy

Sound Communities work closely with the Brunel Academy to support the students' creativity, well-being and skills.

The Brunel Academy is a special school run by national charity Catch 22 for children aged 11-16 with EHCPs who have social/emotional/mental health needs.

Our partnership has developed by working on an ongoing basis with students both in-school and at our studios to allow them to learn new skills and express themselves in creative ways. Students have written raps, performed songs, learnt studio recording skills, produced radio shows and worked in groups to create a wealth of content. Some students have then progressed onto music college and gone on to perform work experience with Sound Communities.

All the students typically struggle in most social situations so the work has focused on improving confidence and self-esteem, as well as allowing their voices to be heard. The majority of the students have also faced Adverse Childhood Experiences, so our trauma informed approach has been vital in building relationships with the students to help them succeed.

Key Aims:

  • Increase young people's creativity
  • Increase confidence to express participants emotions
  • Raise aspirations for the young people of Torbay
  • Reduce risky behaviours
  • Improve wellbeing
  • Increase young people's connection to their community
  • Increase confidence in young people who are at risk of offending
  • Increase young people's ablity to express their feelings about the challenges they face
  • Enable young people cope better with challenges

Key Partners

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