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“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

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

Molly Karloff release new single in aid of mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind

NEW SINGLE “SHE SAID”
REMIXED BY ROMESH DODANGODA RELEASED FRIDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2021
PRE-SAVE THE SINGLE
All PROCEEDS IN AID OF UK MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY “OXFORDSHIRE MIND”
MOLLY KARLOFF SIGN RECORD DEAL WITH OFF YER ROCKA
Molly Karloff, the hard-hitting Oxfordshire-based power trio are set to release their new single ‘She Said’ (Romesh Remix) on Friday February 19th

All proceeds from the single will be donated to the UK mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind. The single is now available to pre-save from https://mollykarloff.hearnow.com

“Lockdowns are bad for mental health,” says Molly Karloff’s guitarist and lead singer, Simon Gee. “We’ve decided to raise money to help those people who are suffering most. Mental health is a serious issue and that’s why the band are showing their support by donating all proceeds from the new singleOxfordshire Mind.”

“Mind provides help and support to anyone affected by mental health problems. People can donate by pre-saving and ordering the single from https://mollykarloff.hearnow.com or they can donate via our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/molly-karloff.”

“We’re thrilled to hear that the rock band Molly Karloff has chosen to support Oxfordshire Mind by donating the proceeds of their new single,” says Kathryn Pickup, Community Fundraiser at Oxfordshire Mind.

“The pandemic is changing our lives and placing huge amounts of stress on our mental health. The self-isolation and social distancing measures in place, as well as fears about the virus itself, are adding to the pressures of the current situation.”

Covid-19 has dramatically highlighted the need for services like ours. Our fundraising has been reduced significantly due to cancelled events and activities over the past few months. We are incredibly grateful for supporters like the rock band Molly Karloff.”

“We have a range of services available, from our Information Line where people can call or email to get support and advice for themselves or others, to peer support groups which bring together people who have a shared experience with mental health in a safe and welcoming space, and crisis support services like our Oxford and Banbury Safe Havens. We have adapted our services to ensure that anyone who needs us can still get support.”

“At Oxfordshire Mind, we firmly believe that everyone who experiences mental health difficulties should have somewhere to turn to for advice and support. By supporting us in this way, Molly Karloff are helping to ensure that we can continue to make that happen.”

To coincide with the new single, Molly Karloff have inked a recording deal with Off Yer Rocka Records who will release the band’s next two studio albums.

Since the release of their ‘Supernaturalation’ EP in 2020, Molly Karloff have cemented their place in the rock music scene with rave reviews and dedicated social engagement.

Having already worked with Romesh Dodangoda (Bullet for My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend, Bring Me The Horizon), on the remix of their previous single ‘Do It Again’, the band invited him back to remix ‘She Said’.  A music video directed by Charlie Smith of Mind Art Visual, will coincide with the new single.

Molly Karloff is Simon Gee (vocals, guitar), Dan Podbery (bass) and Jowie Adkins (drums).

Powerplay Mag described ‘She Said’ as, “Straight to the naughty centre, ballsy rock.” 9/10.

Hard Rock Hell Magazine described Molly Karloff’s music as “An assault on your brain sort of music, smashing its way into your head and staying there in a fabulous way. I bloody love it!”

“I originally wrote the opening riff without the wah, which was added by mistake one day in rehearsal,” recalls Simon. “It sounded cool, so we kept it that way. Everything else evolved from there. The chorus is infectious. You can’t get it out of your head.”

Watch the trailer for the official music video for “She Said” here

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

News – Children with Cancer UK newsletter

Raj was two and a half years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Over five years later, after enduring six operations, chemotherapy, proton beam therapy and immunotherapy, his mum, Suki was told Raj had three months left to live.

“Raj was oblivious. He was happy and smiling. The last few months were tough but we made some beautiful memories. On April 20th 2018, my beautiful baby boy died in my arms at home. I am so very proud of Raj. I miss him so much and life will always be empty without him. My only hopes are we find a cure someday so no other family has to face this reality. A cure really can’t wait.” Suki, Raj’s mum, February 2019.

Raj’s mum Suki tells their story here

Brain tumours kill more children than any other cancer. We’re working hard to raise awareness of this and, with your help, fund vital research to develop better treatments.

An announcement from our CEO, Dhivya O’Connor, confirms the need for research into the treatment of brain tumours and has pledged a further £1 million towards it.

Brain Tumour Research

When a child is diagnosed with a brain tumour, each family’s journey is different. Blake was given three weeks to live. Four years on, mum Llian tells their story.

Listen to her five short podcasts as she tells their story.

March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month

Having being diagnosed with a tremor a few years ago in both my hands, it is good to see the National Tremor Foundation (NTF) raising awareness of the various tremors and how they can affect people in their everyday lives. My tremors do show themselves more when stressed or for a period of minutes/hours, before normalizing. Do contact the charity for more information and/or advice.

ntf

The aim of the National Essential Tremor Awareness (NETA) month is to raise awareness of essential tremor by holding a series of events across the UK, including the National Tremor Foundation’s main event, Essential Tremor Awareness Day, at Holiday Inn, Sutton on 9 March.

Essential tremor is considered one of the most common neurological movement disorders and is estimated to be eight to 10 times more prevalent than Parkinson’s disease.  People exhibit a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, legs, trunk and/or voice. It can afflict persons of any age, gender and race and in the vast majority of all cases it is inherited.  While more commonly noticed in older individuals, essential tremor can begin as early as birth.

National Essential Tremor Awareness month, was started by the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF), in the USA to raise awareness of essential tremor and has since been growing internationally from strength to strength.

Kevin Harfoot, NTF Chairman, said: “Over the last few years we have seen NETA month increasing in activity, particularly with the development of a stronger support group network in the UK. It’s great to see people getting together and raising awareness of essential tremor.”

We look forward to hearing more from the NTF and NETA month this March.

#Tremor2019

Follow the latest NETA month updates on Twitter #Tremor2019.

NETA 2019 events

Please note: contact each event specific organiser in case of change of details.

North West Tremor Support Group Meet-Up

6 March 2019 13:00 – 14:00
Linear Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L3 5QB
Contact: Tom and Joan Reader 0151 4753252

Southampton Shakers Meet-up (informal meeting)

8 March 2019 13:30 – 15:00Haskins Garden Centre West End (look for green spiral on table), Mansbridge Rd, West End, Southampton SO18 3HW
Contact: jackie@tremor.org.uk

Essential Tremor Awareness Day

9 March 2019 12:00 – 17:00
Orchard Suites, Holiday Inn, Gibson Road, Sutton SM1 2RF
Contact: jackie@tremor.org.uk

Salisbury Shakers

9 March 2019 10:30
Please note there has been a change of venue. New venue details:
Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA
Contact: salisburyshakers@btinternet.com

Nuneaton Tremor Awareness Meet-up

10 March 2019 15:00 – 17:00
URC church 2 Chapel St, Nuneaton CV11 5QH
Contact: nuneaton@tremor.org.uk

Nuneaton Shaking and Dining

10 March 2019 17:15 – 19:15
Attleborough Arms, Highfield Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4PL
Contact: nuneaton@tremor.org.uk

Essential Tremor in Children Support Day

10 Mar 2019 11:00 – 15:30
Glacier Suite, IceSheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA
Contact: kitty@tremor.org.uk

Queen Elizabeth Foundation Carshalton (NTF Information Table)

14 March 2019 10:00 – 15:00
QEF Mobility Services, 1 Metcalfe Ave, Carshalton SM5 4AN
Contact: jackie@tremor.org.uk

ET Awareness Day in Canterbury

23 March 2019 13:00 – 16:30
Age UK, Castle Row, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2QY
Contact: jackie@tremor.org.uk

Leeds Awareness Meet-up

23 March 2019 13:00 – 16:00
Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 6ET
Contact: lands@tremor.org.uk

Find out more about NTF events.

Music therapy in action with Nordoff Robbins

“Music therapy is able to give a voice to the voiceless, it musically includes people who are socially excluded, and gives people labelled ‘ill’ or ‘disabled’ an experience of their own wellness and ability” – Simon Proctor, Director of Music Services at Nordoff Robbins. Each one of our beneficiaries is unique, as is the music therapy they […]

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