As part of our national awareness campaign, Get Loud, where we shout loudly and proudly about the power of music, our Director of External Affairs, Communications and UK Development, Jo Carter, spoke on Sky News this morning with Justin from The Darkness.

If you saw the news story and would like to find out more about our work, how you can access music therapy, and how music can change lives, we’ve provided some useful information below:

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

In response to the recent Government green paper on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision, NORDOFF ROBBINS CEO, Julie Whelan, writes:

We at Nordoff Robbins are delighted to see the priority focus the government is placing on youth mental health, which they’ve set out clearly in their recent Green Paper on Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

Omolara is 16 years old and has severe learning difficulties and physical disabilities. She is non-verbal, and relies on Makaton, a simplified form of sign language, to communicate.   

Omolara has had a complex upbringing and experienced a great deal of loss in her life, and because of this, she was described by her teacher as being very “anxious to get things right”. Omolara struggles to make choices in school, fearful of ‘making a mistake’.  

  1. The promoter is Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, a non-profit making company limited by guarantee (trading as Nordoff Robbins). Registered Charity No. 280960 at 2 Lissenden Gardens, London NW5 1LP.Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom except employees of Nordoff Robbins and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.

Music therapist Charlotte shares her experiences of working with a support group in Wales, using music to help people cope with end-of-life bereavement. The group was run by St Kentigern Hospice in St Asaph, alongside Charlotte and Family Support Officer Ann Atkin.

Oksana Zharinova-Sanderson, Director of Music Services for Nordoff Robbins, writes on her recent visit to Ukraine, where she delivered an introduction to Nordoff Robbins music therapy, along with fellow Director of Music Services, Simon Procter:

In the most recent episode of BAMT's podcast 'Music Therapy Conversations', our Chief Executive, Julie Whelan, talks to Luke Annesley about her many years of experience as a charity Chief Executive, and the perspective that brings to her role as ceo of nordoff robbins

Julie came to Nordoff Robbins in 2015 after seven years as the Founding CEO of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, and with previous roles including the Cabinet Office and as a headteacher.

We are proud to announce the return of our ground-breaking Get Loud campaign, which is supported by founding supporters, SSE.

Taking place on Wednesday 26 September, Get Loud will present eleven celebrated UK artists performing at the same time in eleven intimate locations around the UK. The eclectic range of artists performing this year are helping us celebrate the incredible diversity of our charity, as we reach out to anyone and everyone who can be helped by music therapy. The incredible line-up includes: