At SkillMix we work with young people facing challenging circumstances supporting their progress and achievement through creative and engaging learning experiences.
Through our bespoke projects we are able to encourage children and young people to have agency in their personal, academic and creative progression whilst also supporting parents and carers, teachers and schools and other service professionals.
We achieve results by offering a range of activities including music making (with both instruments and technology), photography and digital film making. Our methods are grounded in mindfulness and restorative approaches and project participants can gain an Arts Award accreditation at an appropriate level (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver or Gold).
"Your enthusiasm is amazing and it made it easier for us all to learn, thank you"
Music Workshop Participant
"Dancing was fun and the drumming workshops were brilliant, the facilitators were fun and responsive to all the children"
Parent of workshop participant
Nov 2016 - Present:
Music Activities for Young People at Great Ormond Street Hospital School
Phil is the music teacher at GOSH and UCH Hospital schools and delivers the primary and secondary curriculum both on the wards and in groups in the school room. SkillMix has delivered workshops during the school holidays including samba drumming and podcasting.
Spring 2017- Present:
1:1 Mentoring and support activities for young people facing challenging circumstances.
1:1 sessions and outcomes are focused on, and driven by issues relevant to each individual young person with the focus being on, improving personal resilience, wellbeing and the signposting of next steps in education, employment or training. To date this has been with young people 14 -16 and not in mainstream education.
Autumn Term 2017:
Networking and Mapping Arts and Music Provision for the Down’s Syndrome Community in South London.
Funded by Youth Music and working in partnership with Down’s Friendship and Creativity group SkillMix researched access and participation of the Down’s Syndrome Community in arts and music activities. Following the initial research stage SkillMix then delivered two days of music, arts, dance, storytelling and networking activities for the community. The final case study report for this project will be published shortly.
Samba sessions for children and parents at Lewisham Arts Cafe, Manor Park.
Delivery of these weekly after school sessions for primary school aged children ran at the community cafe for the summer term in 2017.
Green Light Research Project
Commissioned by Sound Connections the Green Light project was a research project about exploring and giving voice to children and young people’s perception of musical progression. Research participants were 14-19 year olds living in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Bromley.
Spring and Summer terms 2017:
Weekly schools drumming workshops for 2 separate year 3 classes at Whittingham Academy Primary School, London.
These sessions were delivered for Khyal Arts with great success - featuring in the local press.
Autumn Term 2016:
Creative Arts Youth intervention Project
Working with children and young people aged 7 to 14 living in an area of economic deprivation utilising photography, music technology and African drumming as tools to create a celebration event to enhance community cohesion and celebrate youth arts activities. The project was delivered at Riverside Youth Club, Deptford SE8 in partnership with J21 and funded by the Mayors Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC).
"Activities had a good variation and enabled all the kids to get involved"
Parent of workshop participant
We are currently working on a community organising project with Down's Syndrome family support groups in South East London. The project aims to help interested support groups develop a support network and a best practice model for arts practitioners when working with children with Down's Syndrome, their siblings and parents or carers.
We believe all our projects should be:
Creative- and that participants or community members choose how to express their creativity.
Inclusive- that the arts should be for everyone and that we are all better off when everybody has the access and freedom to take part in their chosen cultural life.
Alongside this we aim to include elements to our work that foster genuine:
Wellbeing- practical, effective help when relevant through signposting and exploring ways that have the potential help to improve the quality of life and relationships.
Progression- our projects don't stop with us. We support and signpost participants into their next chosen project, whatever that may be.
"A people's art is the genesis of their freedom"
Claudia Jones. Founder, Notting Hill Carnival.
"Participation in culture is strongly associated with good health and high life satisfaction."
Arts Council England
Simon has many years experience working as a photographer, photography lecturer, short film maker and percussionist. His practice also integrates therapeutic sound, drumming, dance and meditation techniques in order to create safe spaces and environments where participants emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing can be enriched.
Within SkillMix Simon strives to work in partnership to devise and deliver inclusive, empowering lens and music based projects aimed at supporting the happy and healthy development of children and young people facing challenging circumstances.
Phil is a bass player and qualified secondary level music teacher with over ten years experience
teaching and delivering music workshops, designing music curricula and training other professionals.
He studied Guitar Making at Newark School of Violin Making and has a BA Degree in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Phil full time teaching posts have included Curriculum Coordinator for Music at Westminster Academy and Course Leader for Music at Abbey Manor College (the PRU for Lewisham).
Phil has also worked for various music charities delivering education workshops across the country in Schools, Referral Units and Hospitals and is currently the music teacher at Great Ormond Street Hospital School.
We are proud to have been supported by and/or partner with the following organisations.
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