Simon Glenister

Simon Glenister

Founder/CEO Noise Solution CIC top 100 performing Social Enterprise (NatWest SE100), MEd Cambridge University - exploring well-being and digital youth work, 20 years experience working with youth in challenging circumstances, 25 years experience as an internationally touring professional musician with a specialism in music technology

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About this Speaker

As the founder of Noise Solution, I've spent the last 10 years designing and testing new approaches to digital youth work. We're using technology to help young people on extremely negative trajectories to dramically change their view of themselves and subsequently their levels of motivation and well-being (and we're measuring and proving it).

Informed by a 2 year research masters at Cambridge University, the development of this work has drawn on research I've done around a number of elements pertinent to the work. These include evidenced understandings from a Self Determination Theory perspective on how to impact on well-being, what works in terms of engagement of young people in challenging circumstances, the development of digital tools to create interactive communities for participants their families and keyworkers, with a view to promoting protective factors known to enhance well-being.

Data is key and the capture and analysis of validated NHS well-being scales occurs within the same digital platform that handles our digital communities work. This means we have an understanding of the population-level well-being impact we are having that we can also link to individual stories told by participants and co-produced with their family and key workers.

In 2019 all this work culminated in Noise Solution being named as one of the UK's top 100 performing social enterprise's (Natwest SE100) In 2020 we have just been announced as a national finalist in their impact category. Whilst the focus is transformational change in motivation and well-being for participant's, families and services, we've also been independently assessed as achieving savings of upward of 334% for those statutory services and families (190% of those savings being 'in year').

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