Music Therapy Services for Children in Cambridgeshire Receive £100k Boost

A recent private donation to CPFT's charitable funds has resulted in a greater availability of music therapy services for children in the county.

Music Therapy Services for Children in Cambridgeshire Receive £100k Boost
Music Therapy Services for Children in Cambridgeshire Receive £100k Boost
12 February 2013

The donation of £100k by a private donor whose own son was helped through music therapy has been used to found Richard’s Music Therapy Fund, enabling music therapists at The Croft Child and Family Unit in Fulbourn to provide out-patient treatment for children and their families in the county who are experiencing difficulties accessing treatment through existing services.

Dr Amelia Oldfield, principal music therapist and Professor of Music therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“Music therapy provides opportunities for self expression and communication through shared interactions using a variety of musical instruments and spontaneous vocal sounds. It is founded on the understanding that the ability to respond and experience music is an inborn quality that usually remains unimpaired by disability, injury or illness and is not dependent on musical training. Many parents have commented that music therapy sessions provide a positive experience for them and an opportunity to think about and encourage what their child can do, rather than focusing on any disabilities. This generous donation will enable seven additional families to receive therapy for the next four years, and we are hoping to use further donations to secure a long-term future for the service.”

Richard’s Music Therapy Fund enables Croft music therapists to take referrals from music therapists in the county who have long waiting lists. The child and parent may then be invited to attend two 30-minute assessment sessions at the Croft. If music therapy is considered an appropriate intervention, the child (and parent) will visit the Croft for weekly sessions with one of the music therapists. A course of music therapy might last for just a few weeks or continue for up to a year or more.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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