Jessie’s Fund helps children with additional and complex needs or serious illness to communicate by using music. Music can provide a powerful and profound way in which children can express themselves and connect with the world around them. Jessie’s Fund is a registered charity working all over the UK.
Jessie's Fund helps seriously ill and disabled children to communicate by using music creatively and therapeutically. Most of the children we work with can't speak, so music provides a vital means of expression. Established in 1995 in memory of a musical nine-year old girl, we give children in hospices, hospitals and other children's centres all over the UK access to live music-making, provide instruments and training for care staff, and establishing posts for trained music therapists.
Alongside our work with life-limited children we run creative projects in schools for children with special needs, including training for their teachers to ensure that music is used as a valuable means of working throughout the school curriculum. We work hard to respond as positively as our funds allow to requests for help in this field, which suffers from a lack of statutory funding, and are hugely grateful for the support we receive, whether from individuals or organisations.
Jessie's Fund aims to:
- To enable children in hospices and hospitals in the UK to access music therapy by establishing posts for music therapists and providing appropriate musical instruments.
- To help children in special schools and hospitals to participate in creative musical activities by offering the expertise of specialist professional musicians.
- To train staff working with children who have complex medical needs or special educational needs and disabilities to use music as a tool for learning and communication.
Established: March 1995
Registered Charity Number: 1045731
Board members: 12
Part time staff: 4
Phone number: 01904 658189
Address: 15 Priory Street YO1 6ETView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website