musicworks have been working with an amazing young man, Luke Fiddes, on a new ‘Music in Care’ project – My Journey in Music for young people, including those who have autism and Asperger’s.
Luke has Asperger’s himself and despite the daily challenges that he faces as the consequence of this condition, he regards it as a great asset and something that has made him a better person. Luke has taught himself to play a series of instruments and now uses music to help to shape his day and to bring him “calm and control” when things start to slip or become difficult. In his role as a classroom assistant he uses music as a way to illustrate and enrich the learning process.
Working in conjunction with Luke and JoCo Learning & Development, musicworks have created a new ‘Music in Care’ toolkit – My Journey in Music. The toolkit is designed for young people, including those who have autism and Asperger’s, to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence with the use of personalised music. The project will include a book sharing Luke’s experiences, the toolkit for young people and information and activities for their carers and teachers using music.
As part of this project, Luke has composed a song “I’ll Be There For You” about his experiences of working with musicworks and how music has helped him. This is available to download from iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ill-be-there-for-you-single/id1140346618) with part of the proceeds going to raise money for the “Journey” project.
John Osborne, Chair and Artistic Director of musicworks said, “Luke is a remarkable young man. He has such a passion for music and how it has helped him with his condition, that it was clear very quickly that we could work well together on something that fitted our current ‘Music in Care’ projects but would allow us to help a totally different group of people.”
To launch the project, Luke will be giving a live performance of his songs and speaking about how musicworks is supporting him to raise the profile of music as a powerful tool in the home and school lives of young people including those with Asperger’s and autism.
8th September 2016 – 7pm at Poppy & Pint – Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG2 5DX in the upstairs function room.
Although the event is FREE we will be fundraising at the event and donations to musicworks Music in Care projects will be gratefully received. Places at the event can be booked via the musicworks online shop here.
More information about how to support musicworks can be found on their website www.musicworksnet.co.uk
Note to Editors
Kate Williams at musicworks
Telephone: 07955 016377
Telephone: 0115 9145879
Launch Event (invite: My Journey in Music Launch Flyer) – Luke Fiddes and John Osborne in attendance.
8th September 2016 – 7pm
Poppy & Pint (Upstairs Function Room) Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5DX
We are very excited to be launching our new Music in Care project My Journey in Music at a FREE event in Nottingham in September.
For the last 12 months musicworks have been working with an amazing young man, Luke Fiddes, who lives with Asperger’s on My Journey in Music.
Despite the daily challenges that he faces as the consequence of this condition Luke regards it as a great asset and something that has made him a better person. He has taught himself to play a series of instruments and now uses music to help to shape his day and to bring him “calm and control” when things start to slip out of control. In his role as a classroom assistant he uses music as a way to illustrate and enrich the learning process.
Working in conjunction with musicworks we have created a new toolkit, My Journey in Music for younger adults, including those who have autism and Asperger’s, to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence with the use of personalised music.
As part of this project, Luke has composed a song about his experiences of working with musicworks and how music has helped him. This is available to download from iTunes here and is available on many other platforms. Watch the video on our YouTube channel here. Part of the proceeds are going to raise money for the “Journey” project.
Join us to meet Luke, watch his live performance of his songs and hear him speak about how musicworks is supporting him to raise the profile of music as a powerful tool in the home and school lives of young people including those with Asperger’s and autism.
8th September 2016 – 7pm
Poppy & Pint – Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG2 5DX (upstairs function room)
Click HERE for more information or to book a place.
Download the event flyer here: My Journey in Music Launch Flyer (PDF 409kb)
Although the event is FREE we will be fundraising at the event and donations to musicworks Music in Care projects will be gratefully received. You can make a donation to musicworks via our BT My Donate page.
Last summer, in between meetings I nipped into our local Farm Shop, to grab some things for the family supper. Whilst doing so I was approached by a local resident, John Osborne, who wanted a quick word. John explained that he was interested in running some sessions in the village to try to increase awareness and understanding of dementia. His hope was to encourage Thornham to become a Dementia Friendly Village.
It’s interesting that sometimes it is the random conversations that really spark something. My nursing past, and my priestly present made me instantly interested ,and a dialogue between John and I began.
John, is a qualified social worker and a musician. He has worked in health and social care for over 35 years, including running his own care company. His particular interest in dementia arose after caring for his own father for many years through a whole journey of progression of dementia. John currently runs a training company, JoCo Learning & Development, who provide social care training including specialist dementia courses and a business development programme supporting organisations to be Dementia Friendly. John also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Society as a Dementia Friends Champion.
John: “Anybody can take steps to become a Dementia Friend, it’s about understanding more about the condition, and the things we can all do to support people living with dementia and those who care for them. We offer training and support to organisations to consider their customers, environments and their staff who may be caring for someone with dementia or have a diagnosis themselves.”
With the support of a small grant from Thornham United Charities six sessions have taken place in the village, including the Soup and Sandwiches Lunch in November. To date this has resulted in 72 people becoming dementia friends.
I think what has inspired me about working with John, is his incredibly positive attitude. There are certain subjects that we as a culture avoid publically: ‘money’ and ‘death’ are two examples. Cancer used to be another, but dementia is definitely still on the banned list. As a nurse I learnt that facing up to a diagnosis is the first step to a healthy approach to the rest of life. As a Christian I understand two particular things: that our suffering God allows us to see possibilities even in suffering, and that God is intensely interested in every individual, whatever limitations that individual lives with. We are all children of God in God’s eyes, and precious, so surely I need to be following Jesus’ example and help meet the challenges of all stages of life with compassion and with cheerfulness, finding what is good there.
John also runs a charity, ‘musicworks’, which promotes all forms of music. The charity also hosts a series of ‘Music In Care’ projects including ‘Soundtrack to My Life’, a toolkit he designed using personalised music in a therapeutic way to support people living with dementia and ‘My Music Oasis’ which uses personalised music for carers. A third toolkit followed, ‘My Story in Music’, a legacy project using music at end of life.
“As a musician I have always been aware of the power of music, it took me a few years after my fathers death to reaslise what would have made our family position better, with this in mind I created the ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ a toolkit designed to improve the quality of life for people with dementia through the application of personalised music to daily living”
John and I are planning two further events within the Heacham and Rising Deanery. On the 16th February as part of our ‘Lent: Looking Outwards’ series, John will introduce to us the possibilities of music in dementia care. We then hope to have a special Deanery evening furthering this exploration of music and memory.
I hope that all of this work will encourage us to understand the possibilities of care and the hope even in challenging circumstances.
Rev. Susan Bowden-Pickstock (Saxon Shore Benefice)
In the run up to Christmas there are ways you can help to support musicworks!
Our friends at the brilliant Nottingham store Dukki Gifts are celebrating their first birthday and are holding a fantastic event in their store at the Broadmarsh Centre that will raise funds for musicworks. We’re extremely grateful to Heidi and Ian for their generous help and urge you to get down to their store not only to help us but also to help you get some amazing and unique gifts for your loved ones! You won’t get anything like it anywhere else!
As well as heading to Dukki, if you’re more of an online shopper, make sure you sign up to easyfundraising and then get your mouse clicking! It won’t cost you a penny extra but we’ll benefit as an extra bonus!
Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottinghamshire County Council are providing a workshop for Carers in Rushcliffe to learn about the power of music to enhance their quality of life and providing them with a specially designed toolkit “My Music Oasis” from local charity, musicworks.
The “My Music Oasis” workshop is designed for people caring for others, and aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role they play, often at a significant cost to themselves.
The fun and interactive workshop, run by musicworks’ training partner, JoCo Learning and Development, looks at how the “My Music Oasis” toolkit is used to capture personalised music and make beneficial use of it in the daily life of a Carer. It will be an opportunity to meet other Carers and socialise whilst creating their own personalised playlist. Participants will receive the toolkit free of charge to keep and use.
The “My Music Oasis” toolkit, designed by West Bridgford based charity, musicworks enables Carers to draw together pieces of music and memories that are significant to them and can be used to aid rest and relaxation, and focus the mind on the good times that they have shared with the person they care for.
John Osborne, Chair and Artistic Director of musicworks said, “Understanding the power of music, and how to use it, is a profound way to empower your health and enrich your life. Music has been shown to ease physical discomfort and pain, ease emotional distress, promote spiritual awareness, aid relaxation, enhance relationships, improve quality of life, support life review and bring joy and positivity which are all vital to allow Carers to continue their support of others on a day to day basis”.
Marie, a carer from NHS Rushcliffe CCG Patient Cabinet said “This workshop sounds exciting and a lot of fun. It’s an interesting and relaxing way for Carers to share memories and socialise. I’m really looking forward to choosing my playlist”.
Penny Spice from Nottinghamshire County Council, said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with both our local NHS and independent sector colleagues on this exciting and innovative project.”
The event will take place on the 20th October 2015 between 2pm and 5pm at West Bridgford Library. Carers who are interested in taking part should call 0115 9145879 or 07955016377 to book a space. Places are limited to 20 participants. Download the flyer information here: Oasis Workshop – Rushcliffe CCG
For more information about the workshop please contact Kate Williams on the numbers above.
Participants must be registered with a GP in Rushcliffe to be eligible for a place on the free session.
Participants can reclaim replacement care costs from Nottinghamshire County Council whilst attending the workshop – details of how to claim will be supplied at the workshop
Following on from their successful Open Mic Night fundraiser in 2014, two local performers, Amanda Bruce and Lucy Theobald are organising another ‘Open Mic Night’ in aid of musicworks. The event was a huge success and so they are back at the Poppy and Pint this August to give another opportunity to local singers.
Money raised will help to fund musicworks’ “Care Homes Project” which aims to provide Care Homes with training and “Soundtrack to My Life” toolkits to benefit people living with dementia. Amanda said “Soundtrack to My Life” captures the power of music to reconnect people with dementia to memories that may at first appear to have been lost. One of the incredible things about music is its ability to evoke emotions; a song may be ephemeral but its effects are long-lasting, and the toolkit is an important aid which every person with dementia deserves to have access to.” and Lucy added “We really wanted to organise another event as musicworks does such important work for people with dementia which I really think should be supported and showcased. The Open Mic Night is a great way of getting the people together, and using the rich musical talent that Nottingham has to offer in support of this fantastic cause. We hope more people will join us after the success of last year – it was such a fun night to be a part of.”
John Osborne, Chair and Artistic Director of musicworks said, “It’s wonderful that Amanda and Lucy wanted to organize another event after the success of last year. An event like this brings all the elements of musicworks together – giving people an opportunity to perform and supporting local talent whilst raising money that we can use to give people access to music through our ‘Music in Care’ projects. It was a great fun event and we look forward to welcoming lots more talented people to share their talents.”
The event is being held at The Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford who are kindly donating the use of their function room to support the event.
Those attending the event can get up and sing or just come along to listen. Singers should bring sheet music for the event’s pianist or an MP3 player with their backing tracks. Instrumentalists are also welcome but acoustic or small set ups only due to time and equipment constraints. Entry is £5 minimum donation on the door.
Contact us for more information – we look forward to seeing you there!