Music therapy helping people with learning disabilities in Salisbury

News item posted: 24 June 2016

Music Therapy

Turning Point is working with Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, to provide music therapy for people with learning disabilities in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to improve physical and emotional wellbeing, and helps people to communicate who otherwise may have difficulty doing so.

Zanna Finnerty, Day Opportunities Manager at Turning Point said: ‘The therapy has proven to be a great success. Nordoff Robbins, who run the music therapy workshops, have truly made a difference to the lives of people we support.

‘I can honestly say I have seen people do things here that I have never before – and I have worked with some of them for over 17 years! We are all extremely proud of everyone for taking part and achieving what they have.’

Alison Hughes, Music Therapist at Nordoff Robbins said: ‘The group provides opportunities for social interaction and connection through music. It’s a welcoming and safe place where each individual’s unique personality can be explored and expressed. Each group members’ well-being and self-esteem are at the fore front of my mind as I run and reflect on the music therapy sessions.’

Turning Point operates learning disability services across Wiltshire, supporting people to learn new skills and hobbies, and helping people to take control of their own lives. For more information, visit www.turning-point.co.uk.