Jessie's Fund

Jessie's Fund

Charity information

Jessie's Fund

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.

Founded 1995

  • Mission statement

    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.

  • Aims

    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.
  • Overview

    Established: March 1995

    Registered Charity Number: 1045731

    Board members: 12

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 3

    Phone number: 01904 658189

    Address: 15 Priory Street YO1 6ET

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