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.
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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

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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

Josh Taerk Facebook Live/Live Radio Broadcast Sunday 21 Feb 4pm EST/9pm GMT

It’s time for another GRTR Sunday Sessions Live Stream and live radio broadcast! Tune in this Sunday at 4:00pm by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio

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You can also stream Josh’s lastest playlist here

Watch the January show here

Paul Carrack Announces New Single, New Album To Follow

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The legendary British vocalist Paul Carrack (Mike + The Mechanics, Ace) has announced the release of new single ‘You’re Not Alone’ on 19th February 2021 across all digital platforms via his own independent label Carrack-UK.

The single’s release will precede the release of his new studio album ‘One On One’ this summer, the eighteenth of Carrack’s career, and his first since 2018’s critically acclaimed ‘These Days’.

The releases are the culmination of Carrack’s time spent working in his recording studio since the first lockdown began in March 2020, where he wrote, recorded and produced every song on ‘One On One’. In addition, Carrack playing all of the instruments, making his latest work the definition of a solo album in every sense.

Dubbed by the BBC as The Man With The Golden Voice, Carrack’s breakthrough moment came when he wrote and sang ‘How Long’, the much-covered…

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A Free Book and Chocolate Giveaway You Say?

Local author Mr Stay has asked me to pass on his sincere thanks to all who came to his online launch party for his new book The Crow Folk last night. He is currently slumbering on a desk near the radiators in the Reference section, muttering something about Caimh McDonnell’s scarecrow hair haunting his dreams.For those who could not attend, or simply wish to enjoy the whole thing once more, you can do so here…
Be warned: They start singing at around 55 minutes in…
The Thank Yous…Mr Stay should also like to pass on his sincere thanks to Caimh McDonnell for compering magnificently, to Ian W Sainsbury for the joyful sing-a-long-a-pub-knees-up at the end, to Emily and Kai for tech support, Dominic King for bringing us to the world via the BBC, to Sara Cox for her sage advice in the run-up to launch, to Claire for her lovely veg, and to George for once more reprising the role of Pumpkinhead. 
Book/choc giveaway and FREE short stories…We are giving away signed books and chocolate. As a subscriber to this newsletter you are automatically entered into a draw to win one of five signed/dedicated copies of The Crow Folk and a special branded bar of chocolate…
 
The draw will be made on 28th February.
The terms and conditions can be found here.

The second big announcement is that Mr Stay will be launching a quartet of short stories featuring the mysterious Miss Charlotte. Starting in March and released monthly, these stories will be exclusive and FREE to all subscribers of this newsletter. More details will soon be forthcoming!
Don’t Forget to Get Your Free Books From The Woodville Village Library…As a subscriber to this newsletter, you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Woodville Village Library as as such you are entitled to download FREE eBooks! Click here to get your books now.
 

That’s all from the village of Woodville for the time being. As always, please stay fit and healthy and happy reading!

Miss Araminta Cranberry
Head Librarian
Woodville Village Library

Action For Happiness news Feb 2021

Although we may be kept apart, we can still stay socially connected. This month we’re helping people to focus on their relationships. So let’s stay in touch, show friendship and be kind in these challenging times.
Our Friendly February calendar is full of ideas to help you stay connected (online if needed). It really makes a difference when we take time to listen or find ways to make someone’s day better. So please share the calendar.
You can also use our app to receive the daily calendar actions and join a supportive community putting these into practice.
Happiness coaching for challenging times
As Covid continues to restrict our lives, we all need to take good care of our mental wellbeing. One great way to do this is using our free 10-day happiness coaching program for challenging times.
Join the program today: 10daysofhappiness.org
Upcoming Events
We’ve got more fantastic events coming up. Do join us if you can!
Weds 10 Feb: Shirzad Chamine – Mental Fitness
Thurs 25 Feb: Chude Jideonwo – Joy & Connection
Let’s choose being kind over being right in difficult situations this month. By showing friendship and understanding to others, we can spread tolerance and help ourselves and others to feel more supported.

Wishing you a calm and connected month ahead 🙂


Mark and the team
Action for Happiness

Online Book LAunch for THE CROW FOLK Feb 4th

The launch will be happening online on Facebook and Youtube on Thursday 4th February, 7-8pm GMT (11-noon PST, 12-1pm MST, 2-3pm EST, 6am next AEDT, 5am next day AEST).
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The dress code is 1940s Home Front and our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will the wonderful Mr Caimh McDonnell — author and stand-up comedian of some repute.

If you cannot make the launch party, then fear not: it shall be recorded and distributed across all the usual social media channels.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening in your best bib and tucker. Until then, don’t forget to order The Crow Folk at all the usual stockists here.

Sincerely yours,
Araminta Cranberry, Woodville Village Head Librarian

Singing along at Home with Nordoff Robbins

Music brings us closer together. Music can be made and enjoyed by anyone. And at times like this, the connectivity that music brings is more important than ever.


Whether it’s listening, creating or performing, we truly believe that the shared experience of music will help bring us together.


We have created a number of musical resources and activities aimed at people of all ages and abilities and we’ve made a playlist of our singalongs and On Stage at Home with Clangers videos you can use to help stay connected and upbeat 🎶


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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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