Through our Make Some Noise: LD Music-Making programmes we work closely with community groups and support providers to create innovative music-making programmes that are accessible for those with learning and/or physical disabilities. As well as being fun and engaging, these programmes help develop participants’ independence through building connections with the communities in which they live.

Sessions are interactive and encompass a range of activities, from songwriting and DJ-ing to drum circles and music video making. We use both traditional instrumentation and a variety of accessible technology that enables us to reach everyone in the room.

We have worked in partnership with many local day service groups including Minstead Trust, St Denys Day Service, Way Ahead Day Service, Amity Supported Living, Eastleigh MENCAP and DICE.

Community Events

In addition to our regular engagement programmes, we have also provided activities for events that raise awareness and promote inclusion such as GROWFest and The Boaz Project‘s Family Fun Day.

We have also developed our own events that provide further opportunities for those with learning disabilities to engage with their community, such as our LD Club Night which was held in Autumn 2015 at The Courthouse. The event featured an interactive DJ set and live jam session for current and former participants of our courses.

If you are able to support one of our programmes, or to request a brochure, please get in touch: mark@socomusicproject.org.uk

It makes me feel happy all the way up to the next Tuesday when I come again.

ParticipantWay Ahead Day Service

It’s changed my life because I wouldn’t sing before. But now I’ve got the courage. I could do my own music. It’s something I’d love to do. To make my own band

ParticipantWay Ahead Day Service

Mark and Louis were great facilitators, engaging well from the start with all members of the group and creating a warm, safe atmosphere where everyone felt able to participate. This kind of creative freedom is not given often and we were fortunate to receive it. Participants felt valued and became more confident as the course wore on; they enjoyed the setting, the facilitators and valued other people in the group. They are looking forward to doing more things with SoCo

Michelle BonnelDevelopment officer, Eastleigh Borough Council

The course was fantastic, both SoCo people on day one interacted so well with our Service Users that they settled in brilliantly. I thought that this particular activity was money well spent, as each and everyone of the group really got something out of it. The two facilitators from SoCo were very professional in their approach and really made our service users feel welcome

Dave BurringtonSupport Worker, St Denys Day Service

I loved doing the DJ, like doing the vinyl and mixing up the music and mixing up the remix and everything. And it’s really enjoyable, a good laugh, we play together, have a good giggle, muck about and do some dancing. We can have our own music and mash it.

ParticipantEastleigh MENCAP

(My experience was) really incredible. I loved it. It helps me out in my career. It brings out my emotions and brings me out a bit. I’m working on the future.

ParticipantEastleigh MENCAP

SoCo became the highlight of our clients’ week. The confidence of many of our clients has grown over the course, not just making and exploring music, but with taking part in group activities and expressing themselves creatively

Anna McLeodAmity Supported Living

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