Access to Music

Our members are keen on using music as part of their rehabilitation and we are fortunate in the county to have some amazing support like

This is an important survey

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How accessible is music making for disabled people, and in particular disabled children? The current National Plan for Music Education aims for “equality of opportunity for all pupils, regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked after children.”

How well are these objectives currently being met, and what can we do together to make music more accessible for all?

Conducted by Creative United, in partnership with OHMIDrake MusicOpenUp Music and Youth Music, this major research project aims to capture a detailed picture of the experiences of disabled people regarding music making. The findings will be made publicly available on the Creative United website and shared with educators, funders, and policymakers across the UK to inform the planning of future projects and investment.

Help shape the future of accessible music making. 

Music Makers

Do you sing, write music, or play an instrument? Are you the parent or carer of a young music maker? Perhaps you or your child want to play but haven’t had the chance? Every child has a right to a musical education. Everyone should have the opportunity to make music.


Music Educators

Are you involved in music education? Do you teach or facilitate music making, or manage and fund musical learning opportunities for children or adults? Music educators are the ones delivering accessible music making in practice.


Music Retailers

Do you sell musical instruments or equipment? Are you running a high street music shop or music retail website? Music shops are a vital part of the future of accessible music making.


Social work research

Social workers needed to support with health and wellbeing research and receive a £25 gift voucher:Disability Rights UK has partnered with University of Birmingham and Sport England to develop evidence based guidelines to help social workers to have conversations with disabled people in receipt of social care support (personal budgets and direct payments) about how and where to be physically active and importantly why. Find out more about contributing

MS Society survey on wheelchair services in South Cumbria

Yvonne Trace Regional External Relations Officer (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria) of the MS Society and one of our committee members is carrying out a survey about wheelchair services in South Cumbria.

If you or someone you know lives in South Cumbria and uses a wheelchair please read this

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and complete this survey

Your details will be kept in confidence but we want to get as many views as possible.

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NICE needs your help!

Message from NICE:

“The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is doing an important research project to understand the perceptions and experiences of our users. We would like to know what you think of us as an organisation, including how we operate and how you keep updated with our work. 

The results will be presented to our Board and by sharing your views you will play a part in shaping our products and services. Your feedback will be valued and appreciated.

To take part, we ask that you complete this short survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes, by Friday 5th May 2017. All responses will be completely confidential and remain anonymous in any reporting. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact

Thank you in advance for your contribution. 


Audience Insight Team National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

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Email: Web: NICE


Any personal data sent to NICE will be used for the purpose of conducting surveys and related user research to improve NICE services. The data may be passed to third parties in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in order to carry out associated work. The information you provide will be treated in confidence and will only be disclosed as required by law including, but not exclusively, the Freedom of Information Act 2000.”


Prescription charges survey

The Prescription Charges Coalition has launched a survey to find out how paying for prescriptions affects the lives of people with long term conditions in England. Please share this survey with your members so they can share the impact that prescription charges have on them, and their ability to take their medication as prescribed: The survey will close on 30 April 2017.

If your organisation is interested in knowing more about the Prescription Charges Coalition, please feel free to get in touch:

Case studies required for the National Neurological Alliance

Mental health report

As neurological conditions relate to the brain and nervous system, there is an increased complexity in the interaction between physical needs and broader emotional, cognitive and mental health needs. We have been working on a report examining the different aspects of living with and accessing treatment for mental health conditions if you also have a neurological condition. The draft report is being finalised and will be published later this year.

However, case studies would be a very useful addition to the report – can you please let me know if you have a case study for possible inclusion? Stories covering the following – either a positive story outlining where neurology patients have received good support to meet their mental health needs or a negative story, high-lighting the consequences of difficulties in accessing support for mental health – would be helpful.

For example:

  • Provision of good quality information and support which has enabled prevention and/or self-management
  • Access to therapeutic interventions or treatments which take account of the underlying neurological condition
  • Access to regular screening for emotional, cognitive and mental health needs
  • Working with a neuropsychiatrist or receiving a neuropsychiatric assessment

Contact Elaine.Cooper@neural.orguk


Independent Living Strategy Group looking for local authority assessment case studies

The Independent Living Strategy Group (chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell) is seeking information about cases where an individual has been in dispute with their local authority concerning assessment and/or support provided under the Care Act, and where the local authority has climbed down following a threat of legal action. Please email any information to Jenny Morris,

If you have any queries about this please also email Jenny.