A Charity award-worthy year

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Wed, 13/7/2016

When you work for a charity like Nordoff Robbins, you get to see incredible successes every single day.

My office sits just a few feet away from the door to our conference hall where some of our group music therapy takes place. I get to see faces old and new going through that door; our incredible music therapists, dedicated members of staff and of course, the people who come to us each week for music therapy. These people along with the music therapists working around the UK in our centres, units and partner organisations and our committed supporters are the ones who make Nordoff Robbins the fantastic charity that it is.

That’s why I’m so proud to hear the amazing news today that Nordoff Robbins has been shortlisted as Charity of the Year at The Charity Times Awards.


And what a year we’ve had!

The past 12 months have been special for us in so many ways. We have just celebrated our 40th birthday and this accolade and recognition is the icing on the cake.

Our trustees set a new strategic vision for the charity and a commitment to increase the number of disadvantaged and vulnerable we support through our life changing music by 100%.

We underwent an exciting new rebrand and launched our new website to reach more people across the UK who might benefit from music therapy.

The O2 Silver Clef Awards earlier this month saw 11 incredible artists collect awards and help raise over £600k to help support our work. 

Our inaugural Awareness Day saw nearly 25,000 people ‘Get Loud’ for music therapy with eight headline gigs across the UK.

Stuart Wood became our very first PhD student graduate who goes on to further enrich the field of music therapy with his research.


This shortlist recognition gives us even more confidence to continue with our expansion plans so that we can reach more people. It is a great opportunity to thank our trustees, our long term supporters and our donors who have been with us every step of the way and are helping us to move forward.

A big thank you to everyone!

Julie Whelan