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Changing lives through music therapy

Friday 10th August 2018

St. Vincent’s Hospice are appealing for members of the public to donate their unwanted musical instruments to support their upcoming Music Therapy Project, working with Nordoff Robbins Scotland to help support people and their families affected by life limiting conditions.

Founded in 1996, Nordoff Robbins Scotland is the country’s only Music Therapy charity, helping over 400 people every week and providing over 7,000 Music Therapy sessions a year for people from ages one to 100.

Laura Burns from Nordoff Robbins Scotland, commented on the project saying: “We are delighted to be working with St. Vincent’s Hospice on this pilot programme to bring Music Therapy into their care. Music has a universal power to reach us all, and our therapy uses elements of music to break down barriers of illness, or disability, and builds bridges to help with self-expression and social contact.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for individuals and families affected by life-limiting conditions from across Renfrewshire.

The project will begin at St. Vincent’s Hospice on Tuesday 4 September, and they need public support and donations to help them by donating instruments. Specifically, they are looking for:

  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Small drums
  • Tambourines
  • Portable Electric Piano
  • Xylophones
  • Maracas
  • Any other small percussion instruments

Director of Care for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Brona McGee, commented on the upcoming project saying: “We pride ourselves on constantly looking for new, innovative, ways to support and care for our patients during their journey with us at St. Vincent’s Hospice. Music Therapy offers a unique opportunity to express yourself, try your hand at something new or maybe get back to something which you haven’t done in years.

“We are very excited about the possibilities this will offer us in supporting patients and  families, and want to encourage as many of you as possible, if you have an old instrument sitting around gathering dust, to please drop it into the Hospice. Alternatively, give us a call on 01505 705 635 to find out how you can support us.”

Changing lives through music therapy