Yesterday, Alexia Quin and Caroline Anderson, along with Advisory Panel Member Emma Lovell attended the Learning Disability Today London Conference. Emma Lovell ran a fantastic samba band music activity group for delegates, giving them a real sense of the benefits of active music making.
Feedback was very enthusiastic: ‘I would like to say that I enjoyed [the workshop] very much’, ‘I really had the feeling that we talked the same language’, ‘we all made one group – amazing!’, ‘I feel that I know you all now’, ‘I feel rejuvenated’ and on the experience of being in a group ‘no-one should be alone’.
As Music as Therapy International thinks about its role in learning disability care, this conference gave us the chance to hear from people with learning disabilities, support workers, organisations and policy makers about good practice and priorities for health, social life and housing. Alexia and Caroline came away from the conference full of enthusiasm for the potential of skill-sharing with care staff and others to improve the life, health and well-being of people with learning disabilities.