Live Well Every Day: Your Plan for a Happy Body and Mind

Dr Alex George is an A&E & TV doctor. He has been working in A&E as an emergency doctor throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has become a well-known and respected figure amongst healthcare professionals in the UK, bringing the nation accessible and reassuring advice directly from the frontline.

Alex is on a mission to make mental health education compulsory in schools, and has become prolific throughout the UK in his campaigning with charities such as YoungMinds, Anna Freud Centre & Mind, witha goal to ensure mental health sits alongside the likes of Maths and English on the curriculum. Alex has now been appointed by the Prime Minister as Youth Mental Health Ambassador to the government.

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Alex is a resident presenter on ITV’s Lorraine, has presented for Watchdog and also appeared on Celebrity Masterchef. Alex is also a fully qualified Level 3 PT.

Find out more about Dr Alex:
Instagram @dralexgeorge
Twitter @dralexgeorge
TikTok @dralexgeorge
YouTube: Dr Alex George

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Mental Health Awareness Week MAY 10-16 2021

Some simple steps to help ourselves look after our Mental Health as we do our Physical Health for example:

  • Drinking 2 litres of water per day
  • Minimum of 15 mins walk per day
  • Fresh air
  • Enjoy the sunshine and its motivational boost
  • Take your lunch break
  • Ensure you see, or speak to, someone each day

Nordoff Robbins news April 2021

Introducing episode 2/10 of ‘We Are Listening’

The second episode from We Are Listening, ‘Expression of Music’ is Studio Moross’ interpretation of music therapy through typography and graphic design. They have taken core beliefs used by Nordoff Robbins music therapists such as ‘We Are Listening’, ‘Faith in Music’ and ‘Music for Good’.Click here to see episode two of We Are Listening

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Summer School 2021

For a second year running, our international summer school for music therapists will be held online between 19 – 22 July 2021. It includes workshops in musical techniques, sharing music therapy work and seminars discussing music therapy.Click here to find out more about our Summer School

SSE charity raffle for Nordoff Robbins

SSE are running a charity raffle with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins. There are some brilliant prizes up for grabs, including VIP packages to the likes of Blondie, Queen and Adam Lambert, Kaiser Chiefs, a signed Tom Walker guitar and a Roger Waters soundwaves art, plus much more. And tickets are just £5 each.Click here to buy a ticket at the SSE charity raffle

The BRIT Awards 2021

The BRIT Awards 2021 will be one of the first major indoor music events to celebrate the return to live music, with a special audience of invited key workers. It will take place on 11 May at The O2 arena in London, and to be broadcast live on ITV.Click here to read more about the BRIT Awards 2021

Musical resources for your home

We want to add musical value to your life, which is why we’ve created a suite of musical resources for you, your family or friends which are  inclusive and accessible to all. If you’d like to learn an instrument we also have our Accessible Music Learning available.
Learn about our musical resourcesAs a charity we receive no government funding, so we rely on the generosity and support of people like you, our supporters. Here are a few ways you can help Nordoff Robbins and the people we help.

Book review – Get Your Head In The Game by Dominic Stevenson


Despite timely and important books like this one, mental health is still a taboo in many football clubs as the author himself discovered when trying to interview players for his book.

Containing insightful and at times entertaining (football fanatic and bestselling crime writer Val McDernaid gives a wonderfully entertaining interview), the book is a must read for any football fan and anyone interested in mental health and well being ie all of us hopefully.

Plenty of footballers past and present open up and give their personal experiences including Chris Kirkland, Sam Hutchinson and the Secret Footballer.

The final part of the book gives some useful, practical tips on improving your mental health, many tieing in with attending football as a supporter.

Timely and easily accessible this book goes a long way to opening up the discussions on mental health and general well-being in football, from both the players and fans perspectives.

“Matt used his voice for the first time”

“Matt used his voice for the first time” – Matthew’s story
In his twenties, Matthew sustained a brain injury in a motorbike accident that caused multiple physical injuries, problems with speech and language and more. Here’s his music therapy story. 
Read more and watch Matthew’s story
Autism Awareness Week – 29 March – 4 April
Autism Awareness Week is this week and we’ll be showing how important music can be for people on the autistic spectrum. For more information and advice on how to get involved use the button below.
Read more about music and autism
Amazon Smile – donate to Nordoff Robbins as you shop
Through Amazon Smile, every time you shop on Amazon a charity of your choosing will receive a donation from each purchase, at no extra cost to you. It’s super easy, all you need to do is set your chosen charity and shop. 
Shop at Amazon Smile
Nordoff Robbins presents Share the Stage – starting 7 April
Share the Stage is an online community space for musicians to share music, ideas and experiences. There is a virtual Jam Night on Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on 7 April. More details will be posted in the group and it is open to all members to either perform or spectate. 
 
Musicians, join the Facebook group
Musical resources for your home
We want to add musical value to your life, which is why we’ve created a suite of musical resources you, your family or friends which are  inclusive and accessible to all. If you’d like to learn an instrument we also have our Accessible Music Learning available.
 
Learn about our musical resources
Wet Wet Wet livestream on Saturday 17 April
In association with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity, Wet Wet Wet will stream an exclusive one hour online show at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 April 2021. Use the button below to buy tickets.
 
Buy tickets to watch Wet Wet Wet
As a charity we receive no government funding, so we rely on the generosity and support of people like you, our supporters. Here are a few ways you can help Nordoff Robbins and the people we help. Fund music for others – you can make a one-off donation or become a regular giver to Nordoff Robbins here.Share your music therapy stories – We would love to hear your stories of how music therapy has helped you or a somebody you know. You can share your story here.Spread the word – We would love you to share our news with your friends and family and encourage them to sign up to our newsletter.We hope you stay safe and are looking after yourself.
The Nordoff Robbins team

NORDOF ROBBINS NEWSLETTER FEB 2021

It’s starting to feel a lot more like spring outside, and with the different parts of the UK mapping our way out of lockdown, we’re looking forward to providing more face-to-face music therapy and bringing together our musical communities in person.
“What a gift Hannah’s music was to Levi” – Levi’s story
Levi is five years old, lives with anxiety and has trouble socially interacting. To help with this, he was recommended Nordoff Robbins music therapy.

Sadly, he lost his Grandad shortly before his music therapy started. His Grandad used to play the ukulele and guitar for him, so this was a huge loss musically as well as in every other way.  

He has now been having sessions with music therapist, Hannah, for a year. Here’s what Levi’s mum, Laura has had to say.
We love to hear about how music therapy has helped you or someone you know, or how music has helped you through the past year. If you would like to share your music story with us then please use the button below.
Share your story
On Stage at Home Live! Would your child like to make music with the Clangers? 
We’re back making music with BBC children’s TV show, Clangers, on Wednesday 3 March, 10:00am. The Clangers are a family of loveable, pink, mouse-like creatures who communicate in whistles and live in space on their Little Blue Planet. 

This time we’re putting on a live online (Zoom) music making session for children (under 5) and their parents to sing, clap and move along to, led by our music therapist, Emily, and Tiny and Small Clanger.

If you know someone who would like to join On Stage at Home Live! then sign up below, we’d love to see you there.
Sign up today
Music Making resources available for children
We’ve created brand new, fun, interactive music making video resources for children to be used at home (or school). They are all fully accessible and made specifically for children and young people to make music with our music therapists.

There’s something for everyone with five different activities and 20 videos, including music making, sensory music time, singing and signing, mindful music and Lou’s digital music makers.
Find out more
Got a taste for whisky? Join our virtual whisky tasting evening on 25 March
Join us on Thursday 25 March, 7:15pm for a virtual whisky tasting fundraiser from Seamus Bar, Isle of Skye.

You don’t have to be a whisky expert to join in, it is open for anyone who enjoys the taste or simply wants to experience an evening of whisky tasting.

There’s a lovely line up of whisky (from Glenfiddich to Balvenie) and all proceeds will go towards helping us to provide more music therapy to vulnerable people across the UK.

Tickets are £185 per person and you can book or find out more by contact Lydia.hughes@nordoff-robbins.org.uk
The Legends of Rugby auction is now live!
The long-standing Legends of Rugby event in aid of Nordoff Robbins, which sees the world of rugby and music come together in a celebration of one of England’s Rugby heroes, will take place virtually on Friday 26 February 2021.

To run alongside the event, they are running a virtual auction with some really cool prizes. 
So, if you fancy getting your hands on a Ronnie Wood or Jimi Hendrix print, sports memorabilia, hospitality sports packages or even a Michelin star meal then check out the Legends of Rugby auction today.
Check out the auction here
Specsavers Scottish Music Awards 2020 shortlisted at the Digital Awards
We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for the Best Digital Fundraising Event at this year’s Digital Awards.

The virtual ceremony saw some of Scotland’s biggest stars come together and raised over £90,000 to help us to carry on providing music therapy in the middle of the pandemic.

Don’t worry if you missed it, they’ll be a very special edition coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be sharing more in the March newsletter.
Ways Nordoff Robbins can help you
At Nordoff Robbins we want to bring musical value to your life. The power of music has never been more important than during lockdown, where many of us find ourselves isolated from friends and family. Below are musical resources for you, your family or friends which are fully inclusive and accessible to all.  On Stage at Home Live! – Join us and the Clangers live on Wednesday 3 March, 10:00 am for a live online music making session for preschool children. Sign up here today, there are only limited spaces available.Music Making – Brand new musical resources for children to use at home. Fully inclusive and accessible, there are over 20 interactive music making sessions available. Find out more here.Inclusive online choir – Our inclusive online choir runs every Tuesday from 4pm and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. If you’d like to find out more or get involved click here. Singalongs – Singing is an essential means of staying well, of promoting social bonds and strengthening communities. Our music therapists have created a suite of singalong packages to suit people of all ages and abilities. Click here to view our Singalong packages.Musical Conversations – Musical Conversations give you the opportunity to talk about music with one of our music therapists – who are all musicians and understand the importance of music in everyday life. Find out more here.
Ways you can help Nordoff Robbins
As a charity we receive no government funding, so we rely on the generosity and support of people like you, our supporters. Fund music for others – you can make a one-off donation or become a regular giver to Nordoff Robbins here.Share your music therapy stories – We would love to hear your stories of how music therapy has helped you or a somebody you know. You can share your story here.Spread the word – We would love you to share our news with your friends and family and encourage them to sign up to our newsletter.
Kind regards,
The Nordoff Robbins team

February update from Make-A-Wish

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As we move into March, we’re bringing you some heart-warming stories that are guaranteed to brighten up your day! From Tiara’s wish for a bedroom makeover to the re-starting of wish visits, 2021 is already filling us with positivity!

Tiara’s Princess Bedroom Makeover

Four-year-old Tiara, from Llanelli in Wales, has never had her own room before.

Tiara was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and so for her safety, her family all share one bedroom. But a princess needs her space and somewhere to hang all those dresses.

With the help of Kinderoo Childrens Interior, Make-A-Wish UK had the pleasure of granting her unique wish – ‘to have a princess bedroom makeover’.Read Tiara’s story

How We Talk About Cancer

Amelia, 19, wishes to give a TEDx talk about the language we use when talking about a cancer diagnosis. In particular, the words ‘fighting’ and ‘battle’.

On #WorldCancerDay (4th February 2021), we invited her to lead the conversation over on our Instagram account.  She also wrote a guest blog post, which explains how her diagnosis influenced her choice of wish. Read Amelia’s guest blogCatch up with the Instagram Takeover

Good News!

Coronavirus stopped wish visits in their tracks last March, leaving nearly 100 seriously ill children waiting to discuss their once in a lifetime wish. But we’re pleased to announce that our volunteer Wish Visitors can now carry out those visits safely again – via video call. 

Lynn is just one of those volunteers. Thanks to her support, other children whose wishes are waiting will now start moving along their wish journey.

Charlie’s Superhero sprints raise over £700!

To help grant wishes, Charlie (5) is running 500m everyday in February, dressed as a different superhero. Soaring above his target of £500, he is already up to an amazing £790. 

We’d like to thank Charlie for being committed to helping other children. He’s the best kind of superhero, a #WishHero!Check out his costumes

Are you looking to challenge yourself?

You can join us on 31st May 2021 for the capital’s most inspiring 10km; Vitality London 10,000.

On the day, it will be socially distanced and you’ll be helping to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

What are you waiting for? Learn more

The idea is to have a whole host of gigs/events mention via their social media posts the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity on and around the 8 February each year

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