A series of music production workshops for young people are taking place in Bath over the summer which will also feature elements to help participants support themselves and build on their existing strengths.
Organised by local mum Tara Gretton of Solution Revolution, the workshops will give children aged between 10 and 16 the opportunity to work alongside professional DJ and produced, Adam Volsen, to build their own track. At the same time they will work with Tara to promote positive conversations, self-belief and future aspirations.
“Solution Focused practice has long been recognised as an effective method of helping both adults and young people dealing with a variety of issues,” Tara explained. “In schools it’s about a making young people feel confident and empowered so they are better able to cope with the world, grow as individuals, make good decisions and therefore achieve greater success in the classroom and elsewhere.”
Tara added that she works within schools with students, predominantly boys, who have persistent behavioural issues, and quite often these students are at risk of PEX permanent exclusion or ongoing sanctions, such as detentions, and regular monitoring. “I’ll then work with the children to find out what their best hopes are, and help them to start to build their self-efficacy, so that they are able to talk about what they do well already and build on those existing strengths to make the changes and achieve the goals they have. In doing so, this approach creates a climate of active listening, respect and change, giving them a voice, which enables them to open up, to feel safe to share their wishes and importantly their feelings, rather than identifying children and young people by their problem.”