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Rekindling a love of music for Learning Disability Week

Adults playing instruments and smiling

Some of our Independent Supported Living tenants have been exploring their musical talents after being invited to a special music therapy session held during Learning Disability Week.

Nordoff and Robbins music therapist, Hannah, held the session at our Alan Shearer Centre, giving Linda, Peter and Julie the opportunity to express themselves by singing and playing a range of different instruments, including a keyboard and ukulele.

“Each of our tenants have a learning disability and found the music therapy really engaging and relaxing,” said our charity’s Disability Lead, Jackie. “Sometimes they might find it hard to find the right words to express how they feel, but music helps them to communicate their emotions in a different way. Playing instruments and singing together provides them with an amazing social experience.”

For Linda, Peter and Julie, displaying their talents at the music therapy session certainly achieved everything set out in this year’s Learning Disability Week theme – to be seen, heard and valued.

Adults playing instruments and smiling
Woman playing a piano