People in Ealing got together for some music therapy sessions recently – both in-person at our Activity and Resource Centre (ARC) and online. Funded by Asda Foundation, the sessions were welcomed by those still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who were keen to get involved in activities, have some fun and socialise with others.
The funding from Asda Foundation meant that the Sonic Journey music group could get involved, and people we support could come together to make music using specialised equipment and instruments, both in the online and in-person sessions.
‘Sonic Journey have been a revelation to me – they bring such joy to my life.’ – Person we support
The hand drums and rain sticks, which create sensory sounds, were incredibly popular, while the headsets amplified people’s voices, making it easier to hear others. The ankle and wrist bells worked especially well for those with limited movement, and the native shaman drums were fun and easy to play, adding that all-important bass.
With disrupted routines and other challenges, the pandemic meant that people we support have been unable to take part in activities. With the lifting of restrictions, people have gradually begun some of their usual activities in a way that keeps everybody safe.
Stefanie Underhill from Asda Foundation said:
“We are delighted to be able to provide funding to help purchase musical equipment and deliver in person and online music therapy sessions for adults with disabilities. It’s fantastic to hear about the difference these sessions have made, bringing people back together after a long time apart and helping to improve mental health and wellbeing and helping people to improve their confidence. It’s been a tough couple of years and this activity is giving people a sense of belonging and a warm, safe space to make new friends.”
The sessions have proved to be a fun way for people to get back together, and there has been a real sense of belonging again as people who have had limited contact with each other finally reunited.