Our creative session are one-to-one.

They are one-to-one because of the nature of relationship that this allows to develop and because of the attention it allows us to give to the individual artist's process. We take a lot of care to create an atmosphere that is conducive to our artists being able to relax and be themselves and where they are free to try their creative ideas without judgement or censorship.

Each session is two to three hours long and every one to two weeks.  As an example, sessions in our songwriting and recording stream could have the artist come in and record a cover version; record guitar and vocal for their own original composition; write and record to a pre-recorded original backing track provided by BIRD or even sit and write with their mentor/producer there and then. We may use one of our four ‘tenets’ as inspiration for a lyric - like ‘Brilliance’ for instance, in the song I Am Me by BIRD artists Lillie -Jo

Each session is lead by what the artist wants to achieve and by the way the artists wants to work.

Our idea of mentoring is simply to spend ‘task-focused time’ with our young artists i.e. time working together on something that they love... this offers an opportunity to spend time with them that otherwise we would never be privileged to. Of course it is the creative process that we spend our time engaged in and that in itself is a unique and special opportunity through which to build relationship. (read more here)

It is our aim that each young person will work with us for a minimum period of 24 weeks. In that time each young person will achieve a portfolio of work they can be proud of.

24 weeks is the minimum amount of time we feel it takes to build a genuine relationship. 24 weeks is also the optimum amount of time for the measures that we have in place to ascertain the impact of our sessions. Our measures take the form of three established and proven short form questionnaires that measure changes in well-being, self-esteem and interpersonal functioning. You can see examples of these questionnaires here: well-being, self-esteem and interpersonal functioning.

Want to know about all the potential outcomes of our sessions?

You can hear the thoughts of one of our young artists about his experience of the BIRD process in this 10 min interview that we did for an Arts Emergency podcast in sept 2016.  (we're at 37:14)