Music Therapy at Ty Aberdefan receives Big Lottery Funding

One of our partner organisations, Ty Aberdafen in Wales, has been awarded generous Big Lottery funding to continue to fund the work of our Music Therapist, Lucie.

Ty Aberdafen is a residential care setting for people who have sustained an aquired brain injury. It’s part of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) which is supported by the national charity The Disabilities Trust. Ty Aberdafen caters for those who have been living with their brain injuries for quite some time, from 5-20 years. 

Lucie writes on the news

I started working there last September as part of the Nordoff Robbins Graduate Employment Scheme, with an initial six month pilot. 

I work with most of the service users at the centre who each have a range of abilities, from paralysis and severe cognitive impairments to those who are physically and verbally able but now living with mental health conditions as a result of their injuries.

Music therapy has been positively received and each client has absolutely exceeded expectations in their sessions; service users who are classed as non-verbal have sung and spoken, physical skills have improved, and we are seeing it helping those with mental health conditions to regulate their emotions and mood. 

It has also acted as a vehicle for bringing people together as it’s proved an excellent group activity, and one in which relatives can participate too.

Ty Aberdafen applied for funding from The Big Lottery Fund to allow Lucie’s work to continue for the next twelve months, and were awarded this as part of the Community Projects section of the fund – which is fantastic news!