Around 750 young deaf and disabled children and young people will be given the chance to transform their lives through music, thanks to a grant from Gloucestershire Freemasons to The Music Works charity.
The £75,000 grant will fund The Music Works’ Incworks programmes and events, aimed at deaf and disabled young people between eight and 25 years of age, including those who are on the autistic spectrum, wheelchair users, non-verbal communicators, children with Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy, those who are blind or visually impaired and many other conditions. Around one in six people in Gloucestershire have a disability, according to census figures.
Most of the children and young people on the project need full time care and both they and their parents and carers often lack confidence in coming to new places as they are worried that their needs will not be met. The young people are often isolated and are four times more likely to have a mental health issue.
The Music Works is a Gloucestershire based charity whose mission is to transform young lives through music. They are specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, learning, and in life. The Music Works exists, to provide accessible opportunities so that all young people in Gloucestershire can access the transformational benefits of music.
The charity uses music and creativity as a means to engage with the children and their families through a variety of services including one-to-one mentoring sessions, weekly drop-ins and week-long holiday programmes.
The grant from Gloucestershire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Deborah Potts, CEO The Music Works, said:
“We’re very grateful to Gloucestershire Freemasons for this generous grant which will do a tremendous amount to help us transform the lives of disabled children and young people in Gloucestershire, helping them to reach their full potential”.
Tim Henderson-Ross, head of the Gloucestershire Freemasons, said:
“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help The Music Works with their hugely important project to engage deaf and disabled young people through music and creativity, building their confidence, self-belief and motivation in a way that is truly life-changing.”