"When words fail me, music speaks and it’s made a huge impact on my life; I just feel so privileged for that."

One in four of us experiences some sort of mental health difficulty during our life. For some it is a passing episode of distress, while for others it can be a severe illness that seriously disrupts relationships, home life and career. There may be an obvious cause e.g. a bereavement or abusive situation or a range of contributing factors.

"We had finally found something which would bring happiness for our little girl."

1.5 million people in the UK live with a learning disability and can find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. Learning disabilities can also create frustration, anxiety, unhappiness and behavioural difficulties, particularly as children grow up and into adults. There are many syndromes that cause learning disabilities, such as Down’s, Rett, and Fragile X. In this group in particular we work with both children and adults.

Life-threatening illnesses can include immunodeficiency diseases, metabolic disorders and irreversible organ failure. People of all ages are affected.

Medical treatment may be painful and can  involve long periods of hospitalisation and time spent in isolation. Both patients and their families are placed under enormous stress and often have to cope with lack of autonomy and feelings of helplessness and uncertainty.

Few people with a hearing impairment are completely deaf. Even those with little or no hearing are usually able to perceive some rhythmic vibration of sound.

"Nordoff Robbins has brought music back into my mother’s life and it’s through music that we have found a way to remember the good times, have fun and see her in a way that we will always want to remember her."

Elderly people often face many losses: health, mobility, income, activities and social networks.

To live well in old age, people need access to social opportunities, pursuits that engage body and mind, activities that are enjoyable and which allow skills to be maintained and developed.

Cancer, currently estimated to affect one in three people during their life, can affect people at any stage of their lives.

Medical treatment may be painful and can involve long periods of hospitalisation and time spent in isolation. Both patients and their families are placed under enormous stress and often have to cope with lack of autonomy and feelings of helplessness and uncertainty.

Research shows singing can help people with respiratory disorders in a number of ways including exercising the major muscle groups in the upper body, improving the efficiency of the cardiovascular system and improving oxygen intake leading to increased alertness.

Inspire is a group at our North London centre for adults who suffer from respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Through group singing, vocal exercise and postural work, those attending the group often  see an improvement in their symptoms.

"Music will definitely play a part. To put it simply, music has opened a big window and a light has come on."

Noreen, Alifie and Louie’s mum

People with ASD struggle to make sense of the world and other people, often suffer anxiety and find it hard to build and maintain social relationships.

An estimated 700,000 people are currently living with ASD in the UK. The number of diagnoses has increased dramatically in recent years.

People with ASD may have a learning disability or other difficulties.

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