NEET 2 EET Beat Project

Established in April 2008, The NEET2EET beat project is a partnership between Sunderland Youth Offending Service (YOS), The Bunker music and arts studio and the Open College Network (OCN).  NEET is the term used by the DfES to describe young people who are not engaging in education or training.

The Youth Offending Service works in partnership across the City to provide a range of innovative services to support children and young people from offending or reoffending.  The NEET2EET project is one such project that provides creative and artistic learning opportunities at The Bunker for under-18 year old young people.

Neet2eet Beat Project

Those young people involved are either known either to the YOS or the YOS Wear Kids service which provides support to children and young people who are at risk of offending.  Young people can be referred to the project simply to provide a constructive use of leisure time or because their current circumstances are not conducive to them taking full advantage of more mainstream education or training provision.

The aim is to engage young people in voluntary, educational activities in an informal, friendly environment. The skills and confidence that a young person gains can help them to maximise the potential they might already be showing or to re-integrate them into education or training if they have been having problems.

The types of activity on offer range from traditional arts, crafts and photography through to film-making, music production and DJ skills.  By participating in the activities, young people gather evidence that can be used to gain nationally recognised qualifications accredited by the Open College Network.  Participants can obtain OCN qualifications or join in merely for the experience and sense of purpose.

The NEET2EET project is accessible inside and outside of normal working hours across the equivalent of three full days per week.  Running times are extremely flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs and availability of participants.

Excellent outcomes are being achieved through this project.  76 young people have participated in the programme since April 2008 with the majority of those above school age progressing onto work, education or training in areas ranging from the army to art college as well as a variety of local training providers.

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The Percy Hedley Foundation (On a Drumming Workshop)

Staff Quote: "It was a very lively session which all the students engaged. It was good for the students to express themselves."

Students Quote: "I liked the drumming, I liked the beats. The teachers were nice, I learnt new skills to do with drumming."

 
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Staff Quote: "It was a very lively session which all the students engaged. It was good for the students to express themselves." Students Quote: "I liked the drumming, I liked the beats. The teachers were nice, I learnt new skills to do with drumming."  

Barry Hyde, The Futureheads

"The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it's better than ever. It's soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without it. I love it."
2013-08-12T23:38:07+00:00
"The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it's better than ever. It's soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without it. I love it."

Manifesto magazine

“The Bunker improves lives of young people in Sunderland by providing unique opportunities for musicians and amazing support and encouragement of their creativity.”
2013-08-12T23:38:31+00:00
“The Bunker improves lives of young people in Sunderland by providing unique opportunities for musicians and amazing support and encouragement of their creativity.”

Peter Brewis, Field Music

"Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it!
2013-08-12T23:38:48+00:00
"Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it!

Sandhill View School

"We are sincerely grateful for The Bunker's contribution and support to the Work Experience Programme. Their work is always very much appreciated"
2013-08-12T23:39:06+00:00
"We are sincerely grateful for The Bunker's contribution and support to the Work Experience Programme. Their work is always very much appreciated"