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Funded by the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, service users at Tŷ Aberdafen in Llanelli enjoy and benefit from a weekly visit from a Nordoff Robbins music therapist.

Music therapy aims to facilitate physical and mental wellbeing and supports people to explore their potential and connect with the world around them. Therapists make music accessible and aim to impact service users’ lives more generally too. For those with a brain injury, music therapy can ease rehabilitation, offer them a way to be expressive and help with motivation.

Tŷ Aberdafen’s visits from music therapist Lucie are very popular among service users. The sessions can involve anything from improvisation to recreating well-known music to working on a performance. Lucie spends time with service users for one to one sessions in the morning, and brings everyone together for a group session in the afternoon.

Fiona Cull, Activities Co-ordinator at Tŷ Aberdafen, sees how the service users look forward to music therapy each week. She said, “Lucie’s visits have a positive impact on their engagement levels, working together, and also support some of their individual goals such as improving speech.”

Recently, the service users helped to celebrate Nordoff Robbins’ Get Loud event, an annual campaign to raise funds and awareness for music therapy. The group used their creativity to make their own instruments from different materials, such as a mixing bowl and whisk, a serviette holder, balloons and cups. One member of staff even brought in the old horseshoes from their horse, which made some interesting sounds. The noises created were very original and a contrast to previous music therapy sessions. At the end of the day they played the instruments together with a couple of service users accompanying them with traditional instruments; Mathew on the drum and Catrin on the keyboard.

Service users thoroughly enjoyed the special music therapy session for Get Loud. Mathew gave a big thumbs up and John said he enjoyed singing and playing the drum.

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