13 Oct ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
The power of music ♫ ♩♪
Music therapy has become more and more popular over the years. Its emotional and psychological benefits are widely acknowledged: music therapy is used in prisons, shelters for battered women, immigration detention and more.
In Birmingham (UK), Ashram Housing Association, a not-for-profit housing association that provides community-inspired housing and social care services, decided to partner with other agencies to offer music therapy for children who have witnessed domestic violence.
Witnessing violence at home can have serious and long-term effects on children. Through music therapy and other activities, Ashram Housing are hoping to counter these negative consequences and enhance children’s wellbeing.
Having raised enough funds to open a studio, they now offer children the possibility to let out their emotions and give voice to their experiences through music. Children are regularly assisted by volunteers; they receive free music classes and even have a chance to record their own songs.
Click here to listen to one of the songs produced by some of the children at the refuge.