Animal Assisted Therapy

A good piece here from Independent Living

“Neurological Disorders

For people who have suffered strokes or live with the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease, motor functions can be greatly diminished.

When this happens, frustration and depression become more pronounced, sometimes giving these individuals little will to live.

To keep this from happening, more and more healthcare facilities are using animal assisted therapy to help patients and residents with these conditions.

In these situations, studies have shown patients undergoing animal-assisted therapy have shown higher levels of improvements in gross motor function than patients not involved in animal assisted therapy.

As a result, patients have been able to regain skills needed to perform many everyday functions, improving their lives in countless ways.”

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

Make Some Noise Poster


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.


Why horses are my therapy

This Get Yourself Active Personal Experience Blog comes from Britta Francis who, despite having complex medical problems, has ridden a horse for most of her life. She says “I now ride for about half an hour, once a fortnight, which gives me a huge sense of achievement and enjoyment. Importantly, it also gives me the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people, and make new friends.” Read blog