We’re delighted to share that last year we delivered 29,725 music therapy sessions to 7,916 beneficiaries – reaching more people in more places than ever before.

We have just published our new 2017 Annual Review, and you can read more about this and our other milestones inside, including the opening of our newly refurbished, world-leading music therapy centre in London, and our new centre in Newcastle.

At Nordoff Robbins, we believe in the life-changing power of music and music therapy, and its ability to reach even the most vulnerable and isolated people in our society. We are committed to championing the key issues around the social value of music, and the impact music therapy can have on mental health and wellbeing.

Following our roundtable on music and mental health, input from participants, and our own and independent research, we are delighted to share this policy position, which outlines our commitment to music and music therapy for mental health and wellbeing.

We were really excited recently when we found out that our world-leading Music Therapy Centre in London had been nominated for two of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors annual Awards!

The nominations were in the categories of Design Through Innovation and Community Benefit - so it was a big honour for us, and also of course, for our architects, Bradley Van Der Straeten to be recognised.

MUSIC SERVICES ASSISTANT

We are currently looking for an experienced Music Services Assistant who will play an important role in the charity’s Music Services operation team by delivering effective administration and staffing of our reception area.

Our Director of Music Services, Simon Procter, writes - for mental health awareness week 2018:

Life can be tough in many ways and all of us find our mental resilience being challenged at times. For some people this results in a psychiatric diagnosis, perhaps accompanied by admission to hospital, whilst for others it is a matter of finding ways to stay afloat as happily and healthily as possible without hospitalisation or medication.

“Music therapy can provide opportunities for people to have their voice heard – this is a fundamental human need and one that many refugees arriving here after fleeing danger and turmoil in their own country feel they have lost, along with everything else,”

Toni Beardsall, Nordoff Robbins music therapist.

This May Bank Holiday weekend marked a milestone in Nordoff Robbins history as we delivered our very first music therapy sessions out of our dedicated new music therapy centre in Newcastle - the first of its kind outside of London.

As the largest and leading UK music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people by offering support through our own centres and by working in a range of partnership settings including care homes, schools and hospitals.

Robert, 53, has Down’s syndrome, and lives at a specialist care home in Huddersfield, where he is given the support he needs day to day. 

Robert spends a lot of time in his room, as he has a heightened need for personal space and he can become agitated by objects too close to him and noise from other people. He also has many phobias – including any kind of transport, which greatly limits his interaction with others, and leaves him at times very isolated. 

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