Nordoff Robbins receives ‘Awards for All’ funding

We are delighted to share that we have been able to secure funding for three regional projects across the UK from Awards for All, which is part of National Lottery Community Fund.

These are the first National Lottery grants we have received, other than those secured by Nordoff Robbins Scotland when it was an independent charity before our merger in 2018. This is an exciting development in our relationship with the National Lottery and we’re looking forward to the opportunities this will bring to help us reach out to those who need us most.

What did we get from Awards for All?

The three grants we received to help support our work across the UK were:

Wales – £9,040

Scotland – £8,481

England – £8,927

What will this money allow us to do?

Wales

The funding received for the Welsh project will be used to support the cost of music therapy for individuals who are resident at St Leonard’s Hostel in Swansea for a year (May 2021 to April 2022).   The hostel is run by The Wallich charity, which is Wales’ leading homelessness charity and provides residential accommodation for people with specific issues such as substance misuse or mental health issues.

Through our music delivery, the people we plan to work with will have music therapy tailored to meet each of their individual needs.

For those at St Leonard’s Hostel, music therapy can help with;

  • Developing social skills to help reduce isolation
  • Resolving or providing coping strategies to deal with emotional issues
  • Making sure each person’s voice is heard and acknowledged
  • Building trust
  • Helping individuals to resolve unhelpful behaviour including substance misuse and criminal activity
  • Providing a new creative outlet for self-expression
  • Helping individuals to cope better outside of the hostel
  • Giving individuals the confidence to engage in shared musical activities outside of the sessions

Scotland

The funding received for the Scottish project will be used to support the cost of music therapy at Cherry Tree Nursery in South Ayrshire for 9 months (March to early-December 2021).   Our work at Cherry Tree Nursery includes supporting children aged between 3 and 5 who may be affected by social deprivation, disadvantaged family circumstances, emotional and behavioural difficulties, learning disabilities, autism and global developmental delay.

Through our music delivery at Cherry Tree Nursery, the children we plan to work with will have music therapy tailored to meet each of their individual needs.

For these children, music therapy can help with;

  • The development of speech, language and non-verbal communication
  • The provision of activities that compliment educational aims
  • Building up confidence and self-esteem
  • Providing a creative outlet for self-expression
  • Developing a nurturing relationship
  • Helping to manage emotional and behavioural issues
  • Reducing isolation and improving social skills through shared group activities

England

The funding received for the English project will be used to support the cost of providing music therapy for children and young adults with autism and related disabilities in the North West of England for a year. Most of this will take place in educational settings.

Through our music delivery in this project, the children and young adults we plan to work with will have music therapy tailored to each of their individual needs.

For those involved, music therapy can help with;

  • Developing communication (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Improving social skills
  • Managing and regulating emotions
  • Helping to address and manage behavioural issues
  • Boosting confidence and self-esteem
  • Fostering productive relationships with others
  • Improving motivation
  • Providing activities that complement the aims of individual educational plans