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Our Impact

Sound Communities worked directly with over 2115 children and young people in Torbay and South Devon in 2023.

Evaluating the impact of our work is something we do continually. We embed reflection into all of our activities and we use Upshot, an online monitoring and evaluation system, to collate our data. Watch our short Impact film below to see more:

Our Impact Report

Our young people tell us that working with us has increased their:



We asked our participants if working with us had developed their confidence: 98% said yes.

“It’s great seeing young people grow in confidence and learn new skills like I did.”



We asked our participants if working with us helps us to learn new skills and be more creative: 100% said yes.

I really love doing our radio show and always make sure I am in school for all of the Sound Communities sessions… I only come to school for Sound Communities!


Youth voice

We asked our participants if working with us makes them feel that their voice is heard: 100% said yes.

“Being an OY Presenter feels like you’re valued and respected. It’s fun to let your feelings out on the radio and be around lovely people.”

In 2023, Ocean Youth Radio reached over 33,000 young listeners online, on DAB, and through the Ocean Youth Radio app.

Over the past few years we've been nominated & won many awards:

  • 🥈 2024 Silver Grassroots Award for 300 Seconds Podcast - ARIAS
  • 🥇 2023 Police Crime Commissioner Community Champion - Torbay Naturally Inspiring Awards
  • 🥇 2023 Achievement Within the Community - Young Audio Awards
  • 🥇 2022 Best Music Video - National Youth Music Awards
  • 🥇 2022 Best Social Enterprise Award - Torbay Naturally Inspiring Awards
  • 🥈 2021 Silver Grassroots Award for Ocean Youth Radio- ARIAS


“It's clear that Sound Communities changes lives. One young person shared how it has brought them out of being bullied into a place where they could help other young people. Another talked about not liking himself for the challenging behaviour he displayed, but now having skills and success in what he does, he talked about finding a safe space to be creative again. These are all wow moments- personal moments- and they matter”

BBC Radio Devon, 2023

"The positive role models at Sound Communities have given him social skills and taught him how to respect others - this was a big issue before he started. They've given him a place where he is listened to, respected and part of a community."

Tina, Youth Support Worker

Work With Us

If you want to find out more about how we could work together, get in touch.