Spending on youth services has been cut by 70% in less than a decade.

60,000 young people (aged 10-17) identify as a gang member or have a gang member as a relative.

In the year ending March 2021, there were around 41,000 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales.





SHIFT is a project that offers one-to-one mentoring for vulnerable young people.

Working with Local Authorities, Public Health, social workers, schools and our 20+ trained Music Mentors, SHIFT provides a positive role model to mentees. It builds up young peoples self-efficacy, resilience, social relationships and aspirations. These protective factors reduce young people’s risks of becoming victims or perpetrators of serious violence or becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

We always aim to build long-lasting relationships with our mentees, ideally leading to their involvement in AudioActive’s group projects.



  • “I got kicked out of school, went to RMF and now I’ve started at a new school. I’ve made friends quite quickly and they like my music, so Shift has helped that…”

    12-year-old Shift mentee
  • “SHIFT gives Young People the chance to focus on something they are truly passionate about. This allows them to explore their own identity through music and see themselves in a positive light.”

    Greg Machon
    Reboot Coach
  • “The opportunity to have a mentor who shares similar interests to the student is both rare and incredibly important and this is an aspect the SHIFT mentoring project that has proved transformative for the young people I have come across.”

    Local school teacher
    Patcham High

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