Our core purpose is to give disadvantaged or disengaged young people opportunities to gain confidence, skills and qualifications and improve their prospects while having fun and expressing themselves creatively.
We do this entirely through the medium of music – encompassing performance and composition, production, broadcast and all aspects of video production and music technology. We also make our facilities, equipment, sound engineering and teaching expertise available to young bands, singers and musicians.
During weekdays, children and young people are referred to Vic Studios by schools, social services, charities, community organisations and parents.
Afternoons, evenings and at weekends, local bands, musicians and singers use our facilities to rehearse, mix and record, take music lessons with our tutors, learn to use the equipment, make videos and socialise.
“Everyone who uses Vic Studios is putting back into the local community by contributing to our core work with disadvantaged young people.” Chris Lloyd, Chairman, Vic Studios
We work closely with health, educational and community organisations with similar aims and values.
Vic Studios is all about:
- Equality: We work together with our service users, community, clients and supporters, sharing power and responsibility to improve what we do.
- Positivity: The circumstances of the young people referred to us can make long term commitment difficult. Our building block approach tailors what we do to the needs of every individual and keeps the focus on what they achieve.
- Being practical: Our community engages best when our services and activities are practical, relevant to them and their lives and the outcomes are tangible.
- Having fun: Gaining confidence and feeling better about yourself is more likely to happen in an environment where young people can be themselves and mistakes are fun not faults.
- Personal growth: We are passionate about our commitment to the continuing development of every person we engage with, doing what we can to set them on a course to achieve and enjoy their lives more and grow into well-rounded, confident adults.
As an award-winning social enterprise, we pride ourselves on the positive impact we have on the lives of hundreds of young people every year. As well as helping them to develop confidence, build self-esteem and feel better about themselves we also help them improve their communication, team-working and decision-making skills.
First established in 2005, Vic Studios was a local authority funded project until 2015 when it was closed as part of a cost cutting exercise. It was reopened by a group of local volunteers in 2016 as a non-profit organisation, registered as a company limited by guarantee, overseen by volunteer directors.
Vic Studios was awarded Best New Social Enterprise 2017 and the Working with Young People Award in 2018 by Wrexham Social Enterprise Network.
Vic Studios is run by a volunteer Board of Directors all based in Wrexham:
David Gray BA MBA is a creative arts entrepreneur with a strong national reputation. He founded Undegun in Wrexham which provides work, exhibiting and performance space for artists.
Chris Lloyd BA Hons, MA (Chair) is an experienced businessman who has founded and developed several commercial businesses and is recognised for his expertise in safety and asset management.
Caroline Richards BEd Hons, MEd is an experienced teacher who spent her career in further education where she developed and delivered business and administration programmes.
Big Lottery Fund, Thomas Howells North Wales Educational Fund, Temperance Hall Trust, Wrexham County Borough Council, Yamaha Music Europe and AVOW have given financial and material support to Vic Studios since 2016 and the following Community Councils from the Wrexham area have made small grants: Gwersyllt, Minera, Acton, Caia Park, Abenbury, Rhos, Offa, Brymbo, Marchwiel and Penycae.