Nordoff Robbins Scotland has centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife, where beneficiaries come for private music therapy sessions. We  have an outreach service in Aberdeen, where we are now searching for premises. Our team of therapists also provide music therapy across central Scotland, and our work takes place in venues such as schools, special units, hospitals, hospices, NHS settings, care homes, day centres and community centres.

Music has the power to affect us in different ways. It can be stimulating or soothing; stir our emotions and memories, comfort and inspire. We use music therapy to help people with a range of conditions including learning disabilities, neurological disorders, life-limiting illness, brain injury, cerebral palsy, mental health issues, trauma, stroke and dementia. Music therapy uses music to break down barriers caused by illness or disability. 

Our team of music therapists work with nearly 1,000 people, mostly under 18, every year - in  schools, hospitals, day and residential centres, hospices and other settings in Scotland. We have four bases – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife and Dundee.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland was founded in 1996, and has always had a very close relationship with sister organisation Nordoff Robbins England & Wales. On 1 October 2018 the two charities merged, to form one UK charity.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland helps to change the lives of almost 1,000 people every year through music 

We work with people from ages one to 100, and in 2017 we delivered over 5,000 music therapy sessions. We work in a range of settings across central Scotland, including schools, community settings, and in our own centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife, helping individuals with physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs.

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.