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Top DJ to visit young offenders in Lichfield as part of rehabilitation project

Tim Westwood

Tim Westwood

DJ Tim Westwood is set to visit Swinfen Hall Young Offenders Institute near Lichfield as part of a rehabilitation programme.

The Radio One host will visit participants on the Sonic [db] scheme which aims to be rehabilitative, creative and practically demonstrate training and career opportunities in music, music technology and media arts.

Sonic [db] will run as a residency project in HMPYOI Swinfen Hall from November 16-20. 

Experienced artists Keith Dilworth, Sharon Jones and Wolverhampton based filmmakers Rainmaker VF (Davinder Claire, Alex Crowton and Balwant Dass) will work closely with offenders to develop musical, technical, team working and social skills.

The young men involved in the project will also do an Arts Award as part of the scheme.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“It is good to see Sonic [db] running in Staffordshire once again. Sonic [db] involves hard-to-reach young people in music making, developing skills in music technology and gaining an understanding of the music industry.

“A previous residency held at HMYOI Swinfen Hall produced some really great work with two music videos made by inmates going on to win a prestigious Royal Television Society Award.”

Anyone interested in supporting Sonic [db] can contact Liz Muge  at Make Some Noise on 01785 278289.

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  1. Class Crisis

    11th November, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Surely Tim Westwood being forced on them counts as a cruel and unusual punishment?

  2. Unconcerned Citizen

    11th November, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Class Crisis – fair point but only 4 days of tim westwood is not enough.
    A full week should set any Young offender back onto the straight and narrow.
    Any longer risks permanent damage to the Y.O’s sanity.