Project information

extend autism workshops into East Midlands

To extend into a new geographical area - the East Midlands - to leverage a new partnership with the DAvid Ross Foundation who support a group of Academies in that area including a special schools

December 2016 - December 2017

Charity information

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  • Need


    The goals of the workshops with children with learning difficulties is to improve the well being, self esteem and general behaviour of these children who can have extremely challenging behaviour.
    WE feel strongly that it is an issue of social justice thagt children and adults with autism or learning difficulties out to have access to classical muisc/music workshops as their peers do. This principle is integral with our programme of expansion and working with partners thoughtout the UK


    The project will enable us significantly increase our help to this group and their families and carers, by participation in our tailored live music making workshops. We find that music has a way of communicating with these sometimes rather withdrawn and anxious children; it can produce a real calm and allow them to interact with the music and musicians.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Extend the geographic reach of our autism/dementia concerts.


    » offer our workshops free at point of use to special schools in the East Midlands, to leverage our partnership with the David Ross Foundation

    We will record the number of participants, and the increased number of workshop days, in a wider geographical area, with more partner organisations.

  • Impact


    Access to classical music concert, and the bringing of at least temporary relief to people with autism and dementia. One very lovely side benefit is the enormous pleasure and joy this brings to the carers especially if they are spouses.
    We will continue to request feedback after each workshop.


    Financial - we must secure the future by confirming long term funding. We night overrun budgeted tie and costs. Management and resources may be redirected to urgent day to day activities. Demand for workshops may exceed our capacity to supply them. WE may not raise adequate funding to meet the needs of our plan.


    By posting progress onto or website, and by contacting our major donors directly.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 autism concerts 20 concerts at special schools
  • Background


    We would like to expand into a new geographical area and provide an additional 20 events per year at Eresby Special School and other schools within the David Ross Education Trusts's heartlands of the East Midlands


    We would provide two full days of concerts every term at Eresby School. We would also liaise with other DRET Academies with a view to engaging with their mainstream SEN pupils to assist with their learning and development. We would also identify other special schools in the area to deliver the remaining 10 concerts proposed.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    50 years of experience in concerts and music for autism and dementia, delivered to date to ore than 45,000 children and 30,000 carers and teachers at schools devoted to autism or those with multiple disabilities and complex needs. All our concerts are fully subsidised to enable any school to participate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Lubbock

    Founder and Director. Facilitator of all music for autism and dementia. He leads the quartet of musicians that visit special schools.


One music for autism or dementia event

In 20 years of work with such young people I have never before witnessed something that benefitted each child no matter how locked into their own wor

Alice Langtree, Special Needs consultant and member of British Council Disability Advisory Panel