Making Tracks

Making Tracks

Making Tracks targets young people in Lambeth and Tower Hamlets at elevated risk, including those on the fringes of the criminal justice system and those who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). We expand the horizons of the young people through an intensive workshop week, culminating in a live performance to the local community, followed up by a series of music sessions over 4 weeks. Working in partnership with local youth organisations, YOTs and The Prince’s Trust, the young people receive pastoral support and bespoke guidance to further development opportunities.

“Through music we gain confidence in ourselves, learn by working with others, learn to trust others.”
Heretier, Making Tracks participant

See a short film of Heritier’s Making Tracks experience here.


In the intensive project, over just 5 days, led by the Irene Taylor Trust’s project team, the young people taking part will learn how to play instruments, form a band and write their own original songs. The group will also be supported by musicians from our ex-prisoner programme Sounding Out, who have first-hand experience of the grim reality of spending time in prison. As well as performing their original songs live, the new band makes recordings of the tracks, which are then professionally mixed for a special CD for participants to share with friends and family.

“At the beginning of this week I was really shy. I’m a really shy person anyway, but this week has really brought me out of my shell; it’s made me so much more confident. I was absolutely buzzing on the night of the gig… I definitely feel like it’s helped me a lot.”
 Steph, Making Tracks participant

See a short film of Steph’s Making Tracks experience here.

After taking part in the 5-day intensive project, the young people will be given the opportunity to hone their new-found skills in twice-weekly sessions, over the course of which they can earn an Arts Award accreditation.

Central to Making Tracks is guiding the young people, buoyed with their raised self-confidence, on to further opportunities. Our Personal Development Coordinator Lauren works closely with the young people to help source suitable progression routes and development opportunities, and has recently helped young people on to courses with Oval House, National Youth Theatre, Pathways SE11 and the Royal Academy of Music.

Our Making Tracks projects were recently validated as Project Oracle Standard 1.

You can see a short film of a Making Tracks intensive project below:


There is now a dedicated Soundcloud page for the original music created on Making Trackshere.

For participants There is now a special Making Tracks micro-site designed to provide more information for participants – visit it here.