The Nathan Timothy Foundation - UK
The Songwriting Charity - bullybeat workshops
The work of the Nathan Timothy Foundation ‘The Songwriting Charity’ addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people from the age of 5 - 25 years, using songwriting and music technology.
Years: 2013, 2014
The project Bully Beat, funded by the ALMT, has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message. This partnership will deliver Bully Beat workshops to a minimum of 1800 children face-to-face across 30 primary schools in the Swale district of Kent.
The workshops present opportunities to write lyrics, sing, create and manipulate sound digitally, perform, record and play music, bridging literacy and music through songwriting & performance. As well as working in mainstream schools, The Nathan Timothy Foundation works with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Some are Looked After or Young Carers. Their workshops are about boosting the self-esteem and confidence of vulnerable, shy, isolated and marginalised young people.
By talking about bullying and expressing themselves creatively in a safe and non-judgmental environment, children create something that has an immediate and lasting impact on their peers, the school and the community in which they live and learn. Working with children to understand what is and what isn't bullying will help drive more accurate reporting of bullying, thus supporting school efforts to address and prevent it. 86% of teachers and professionals have fed back that they noticed positive changes in the students behaviour after the workshops and 100% reported that the workshops support the moral, social and cultural development of their students.