Music is always near the top of the list when young people are asked what they like to do in their leisure time.

Make Some Noise works with youth and community centres to offer workshops open to all young people in their local area.

We target priority areas where large numbers suffer poverty or isolation, for example parts of Stoke-on-Trent which are in the 10% most deprived areas in England*, or rural Staffordshire villages where it’s hard for young people to get to activities.


Who we work with

Looked After Children

NEET Young People

Youth Offending Institutes

Commercial Music Studios

Special School Settings

Community Youth Services

Sixth Form & Colleges

Young Carers Teams

Make Some Noise runs creative music workshops led by skilled music leaders. 

Music making in youth centres close to where they live provides a fantastic creative outlet for young people, giving them alternatives to boredom and street life. Make Some Noise’s Sound Check programme is delivered by highly skilled professional musicians in youth centres around Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Teenagers have the chance to learn instruments or improve their playing, as well as working on song writing, digital composition, performing and promoting gigs.

Each venue is provided with a kit of instruments stored at the youth centre. Young people taking part also have the chance to work towards Arts Award, Youth Achievement and Duke of Edinburgh awards.

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This project has really helped me compose music, and with my singing. It helps boost your confidence in all elements of music. I got involved because I wanted to widen my range of singing, instead of just staying with pop music.

Participant -


Working with young people in difficult circumstances is not always easy, but the effect these projects have on their lives is immeasurable. These projects transform lives.

Clare Fernyhough -


SoundProof at CEDARS pupil referral centres was well targeted and very successful. The leaders worked well with some very vulnerable children, emotionally, behaviourally and socially disaffected.

Mike Fenton -


Get in touch

If you want to help Make Some Noise make a difference for the young people you work with then call us on 01785 278 454 or email on