Finding Rhythms was founded in 2012 with the aim of tackling the UK’s re-offending rate head on. We combine music, mentoring and a nationally recognised qualification to guide vulnerable people both creatively and practically down the path to desistance.
Music has the capacity to engage even the most disaffected individuals, and is a medium through which some of the most difficult subject matter can be communicated.
A report published in 2013 by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) states that in prison, “active and participatory methods (of teaching) are more successful than traditional educational approaches” and that therefore “it may be more important to provide services which stabilise, engage and motivate an individual before providing an intervention targeted at reducing their risk of reoffending.”
A Finding Rhythms course could provide a key to opening the door for future education and training for those prisoners who are unable or unwilling to engage in programmes of formal education. Our workshops are set up to bring about meaningful contemplation, cooperation, self-management and peer support. These sorts of “soft skills” are the foundations within which development in more formal areas of education and training can take root.