For the last 17 years Soundabout has delivered training packages to professionals in special needs schools, colleges, children's centres, residential homes and to other organisations that work with people with learning disabilities, throughout the UK. For example, in 2012 we delivered over 100 training days to 54 different schools and organisations in England and Wales. We use interactive musical and communication techniques with their pupils / students / group members: however, our techniques are about far more than just ‘making music’. They promote self-expression and interaction, encourage well-being and build relationships (to read more about our schools programme, click on: 'our methods').
In addition to this, Soundabout’s doors are open to all children, young people and adults who have severe and complex learning difficulties via our families and community programme. We currently run family community sessions for children, young people and adults in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We also run several multi-sensory interactive music festivals throughout the year. Through making music we help them develop their ability to communicate and interact with each other and the world around them – and have a lot of fun along the way (to read more, click on: 'families & community').
Our work is divided into four main areas:
(1) Delivering training in schools and to other professionals in the UK
(2) Delivering a community programme that includes multi-sensory interactive music festivals
(3) Delivering training via our Education Centre and
(4) Leading the Sounds of Intent dissemination programme