Stirling MP Attends Research Launch Event
Local MP Alyn Smith was delighted to attend the launch of the latest independent evaluation of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme – focusing on post-school outcomes of Big Noise Raploch participants.
Led by Antony Clark, chair of the Sistema Scotland Independent Evaluation Advisory Group and Executive Director of Performance Audit and Best Value at Audit Scotland, the assembled audience heard reflections from just some of the young people who had taken part in the programme. Many spoke of their increased confidence, discipline, improved team-working skills and enhanced overall wellbeing.
Evaluation of Big Noise was carried out by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), which found clear positive impacts on Big Noise participants and the effectiveness of Sistema Scotland’s approach to social regeneration and early intervention.
The study examined the educational outcomes of Big Noise attendees in the Raploch area of Stirling when compared to young people who did not take part in Big Noise. It found that almost all Big Noise participants achieved a positive post-school destination (98%) compared with 84% of non-participants of a similar sociodemographic background.
The full report can be read here.
Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘I was delighted to attend this launch event, and find out more about the fantastic work Big Noise Raploch are undertaking alongside the community. Hearing the testimonies from participants was really moving – it’s clear this remains a powerful way of building up individuals as well as an innovative approach to social regeneration as a whole. I’d like to thank all involved for the incredible work they contribute for the future of Stirling’s young people. So many have benefitted from the work of Big Noise Raploch and Sistema Scotland, and long may it continue.’
Nicola Killean, Chief Executive at Sistema Scotland said:
‘Sistema Scotland is dedicated to improving lives and helping children and young people realise their potential. We are delighted that this report demonstrates the benefit that Big Noise provides in improving post-school outcomes for our participants. This would not be possible without our long-standing support from and partnership with Stirling Council and the Scottish Government, whose commitment to Big Noise has allowed us to grow, innovate and strengthen the communities we work with.’
Pictured is Alyn Smith MP with (from left) Antony Clark, Nicola Killean, Matthew (Big Noise graduate) and Chris Harkins