This year we are piloting our model of skill sharing in the UK.
Members of our Advisory Panel of Music Therapists will be
introducing staff to ways that they can use music to benefit our
three identified target groups: Young children under 5 years,
Adults with Learning Disabilities and People living with Dementia.
They will be doing so in care settings that are known to them in
various locations across the UK.

It’s week four of the music therapy skill-sharing project
The Fields, a Cambian home for adults with learning
disabilities in Sheffield
The staff team and I have
been working together to run a weekly music group on Wednesday
mornings. The aims of the group are to promote good relationships,
create an enjoyable environment and have fun, to provide a new
experience and to develop general social skills such as listening,
turn-taking, waiting and leading. Much like the charity’s
overseas projects, over six weeks I am sharing music therapy
related skills through the weekly music group followed by time
alone with the staff group. I led the group in the first week and
since then, the staff have been taking over the running of the

The staff have shown great willingness to learn new skills and
try new experiences; and they have already noticed benefits to the
service users from participating in the group. As one staff member
noticed this week, ‘[a particular group member] was
interacting – that’s a rarity – the fact that he
had the confidence to sing was amazing’. I am looking forward
to the next two weeks of the project and will let you know how it

Caroline Anderson