Funding Updates


Schools participating in Ealing Music Therapy services



City Bridge Trust  £23,000

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust £2,500

Pitshanger Community Association

Big Lottery Funding  2007 - 2012   £93,000 This has been used for general running costs

An innovative music therapy service to help children with learning and emotional difficulties is among four projects across the capital this month sharing in close to £839,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.

The Ealing Music Therapy Project (EMTP) has been providing services in the Borough for over 20 years.  Funded by a combination of Schools, the London Borough of Ealing and grants bodies such as the City Bridge Trust, the Big Lottery recognised the value demonstrated by this shared funding model and has awarded a 5 year grant totalling £95,000.  With this funding the Project will be able to continue to develop and expand this vital service, which targets vulnerable children and adolescents with learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural issues.  EMTP provides weekly sessions in mainstream schools, special schools and nurseries; the service offers one-to-one and group therapy enabling communication skills, raising self-esteem developing strategies to help youngsters cope with difficulties in their lives.  A range of percussion instruments is available for music improvisations enhancing the individual nature of each relationship. Developmental music-making programs facilitate positive changes in the behaviour and wellbeing of children, encouraging peer interactions and self awareness.

Jen Whadcoat, spokesperson for the Project, said “The Ealing Music Therapy Project is delighted to be funded by the The Big Lottery Fund. As an established project we have striven to provide music therapy to young people with developmental delay, autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, physical and other special needs of children in the borough of Ealing. Secured funding from The Big Lottery Fund continues to give the project a further opportunity to develop the service over the next years. This will make a real difference to our children and families”

Contact:  Jen Whadcoat 020 8248 2258  Trustee