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Community music group to expand after Lottery grant

Community music group to expand after Lottery grant

by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

A COMMUNITY group which uses music to promote people’s health and wellbeing will expand its activities into Southport after receiving a National Lottery grant.

Carousel Music and Movement, based in Rufford, West Lancashire has been awarded nearly £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to support its Adults with Learning Needs Earth Project.

The group will use the funds to run its activities in Southport at Lord Street West United Community Church Hall.

It will offer free music and movement sessions for adults with learning needs and their support workers.

Carousel Music & Movement was founded in April 2021 by Caroline Darbyshire and Ruth Coyle with the aim of using music to brighten lives and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

It runs sessions with charities including Age UK Lancashire, and currently runs a successful weekly session in Ormskirk attended by 20 adults with learning needs and some of their support workers.

Fun, music-based team activities, such as drumming, dancing, singing and music theory has resulted in their participants gaining important collaboration skills, improved confidence and co-ordination, and increased music knowledge and understanding.

The grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, will also enable Carousel to deliver the benefits of sessions further afield, by taking some free sessions into other, already established, Learning Needs groups in other areas.

Caroline said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.

“Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to move forward with our plans to broaden the range of opportunities available to adults with learning needs and their support workers.

“Our sessions not only benefit all round health and wellbeing, but also help people to build relationships with others facing similar challenges and also to create their own supportive circles of friends and peers.”

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