We need help for the last leg of our fundraising drive for a new Music Therapy centre which will be based at the Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline. Current donations are at just over £18,000 leaving a further £6,000 to find.
Dunfermline mother of two, Lisa Hawkins, describes the difference music therapy is making to her seven year old son, Ben, who has autism.
“Ben has had music therapy from Jenny, a Nordoff Robbins therapist, for just over two years. It has helped him immensely. He used not to wait in queues and now is good at waiting and taking turns. He was non-verbal but since late last year has starting using his voice to sing along to songs on the radio and is putting sentences together. Music therapy has made him more expressive and brought him out of his shell. He now also heads straight to keyboard at the centre he attends. The relationship with Jenny is very important and they have gelled very well. She has gone the extra mile and even attended his latest school review. When I asked him what he liked best about music therapy, he replied “Jenny”!”
While most of the children helped by music therapy have autism or a learning disability, the therapists also work with people who have conditions such as cerebral palsy, global development delay, profound and multiple learning disorders and dementia.
“Having the clinic in the heart of the town will make it easily accessible for the people of West Fife,” said Carolyne Nurse, Fundraising Director at Nordoff Robbins Scotland. “Three of our Music Therapists will work at the new clinic and offer individual music therapy sessions for adults and children. If there is demand, the new space could also host music therapy sessions for small groups such as drumming, a small choir or sessions for carers and pre-school children. It will be available for the whole community and could provide music space for instrumental teachers and opportunities for sharing performance.”
To support the new Music Therapy Dunfermline clinic, please donate online here or contact Nordoff Robbins Scotland on 0131 629 6363.