About Soundbites

Soundbites – which used to be called the Young Persons Radio Project – helps young people to improve their confidence, communication and listening skills, through person-centred support.

Each week Soundbites offers different themes and activities for young people to do, ranging from radio-style interviews, storytelling and creating sounds, music and song lyrics.

Each week we have a break time, where we offer drinks, fruit, toast and crumpets. Children queue up and ask for their snack and drink. We ask that parents remain in the parents’ room during this time, as this is also an important opportunity to support and develop communication and social interaction.

Parents, carers & guardians

We have a dedicated room for parents, carers & guardians at Norfolk Lodge, where you can have a cuppa and a chat to others, knowing your child is in having fun in a safe environment. Throughout the year, our Service Manager will drop into the parent’s room at scheduled times to maintain regular contact, collect feedback, offer support and to answer any questions you have.

Meet the team


When does it run?

  • Delivery dates: Saturday mornings during term time only
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Length of attendance: One school year, September to July
  • Venue: Norfolk Lodge
  • Cost: £3 per session. This is charged per term and is payable at the start of each new term.

Sheffield Mencap & Gateway does not want anyone to be excluded because of the cost to attend our services. Please speak to the Children’s Services Coordinator or Service Manager if you feel this applies to you.


  • Age: 12-17
  • Abilities: This session is delivered in a teaching space where children are supported to join in with tabletop activities. Sessions contain short and varied activities to keep children engaged. Soundbites is best suited to young people who are able to remain in one room for 45 minutes at a time.

Due to staffing numbers, we cannot provide 1-1 support and we do not provide personal care. If your child requires personal care we would ask you to stop the duration of the session, in our dedicated parent’s room or be contactable by telephone.

What people think about this service

Soundbites podcasts

You can listen to the podcasts that have been created by the Soundbites groups on the dedicated Soundcloud channel.

Activities to do at home

During lockdown, Soundbites has continued to meet weekly over Zoom. Here is one of the masterpieces the groups created, The Lockdown Song!