to our
Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Our therapy work resumes COVID-safe.

Hear from our new Trustees

We are grateful to The Lottery and Rausing Trust for £10k and £12k respectively from their Charity Survival Grants. 


These funds will provide essential support for our core operations while our therapy provision resumes in-person, enabling Key Changes to, quite literally, SURVIVE. 
Quoting the Rausing Trust:
We were impressed by the work of your charity, and hope that our funds will help meet some of your core running costs over the challenging months ahead, in order that you may continue to deliver your charitable work.
Huge thanks to all those who helped make those applications.

Key Changes has appointed 2 new Trustees
Responding to discussions during lockdown, they have launched a new Membership Scheme.

Click here to find out more:-

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Introducing the trustees


Nial Dunne writes


After 34 years in industry culminating in senior management positions with IBM UK and then Santander UK, I retired and was looking for something worthwhile to do voluntarily with some of my time - so I became a volunteer with Key Changes courtesy of an introduction from Veronica (Austin). Over the last 6 years, I have been writing and submitting bids for funds for therapy projects which has given me a great insight into the valuable and wonderful work the Charity and its therapists do. More recently I have been focussed on seeking core funding to help the charity through this challenging time, and now (even more recently) I have stepped into a role as a Trustee which is a new experience for me but hopefully I can help.
Away from work I have always been active - nowadays I enjoy cycling, walking, tennis and occasional (not very good!) golf. In my youth I was a reasonable rugby player but sadly I am just too old for that so I resort to watching instead. I am married to Angela and have two sons Ciaran and Owen (spot the Irish connection).
Some of you know me and I look forward to seeing and meeting you and others on Zoom sometime soon.


Jim Squire writes

I'm an an experienced business change manager in the

civil service and join Key Changes after relocating

recently from Colchester to Waterlooville.
I've been active in the charity sector as a Trustee for my son's brass band and for HomeStart Colchester as well as providing mentoring for ex-military personnel

as they adjust to civilian life.
My love of recorded and live music is lifelong and I generously passed on any ability I might have had to play an instrument to my youngest son who studied music to masters level and who plays trumpet, piano, voice, saxophone and recorder to a high level!


And Sarah Lewin writes

My day job is as a local government employee - based in Winchester for over 35 years! Throughout that time, and in fact for as long as I can remember, music has played a massive part in my life. I'm so pleased therefore to be involved in supporting Key Changes. I've been a trustee for 4 years, but have known about, and been hugely impressed by, the charity's work for many years. Recently, I've particularly enjoyed attending some of the conferences, learning more about the power of music therapy, and also getting to know some of the therapists.

Invitation to join our Trustees,
to support the work of our highly-valued local charity.

'The sessions are amazing and have been one of the only constant sessions that the students have engaged in. They are able to sustain longer periods of time together as a class group. We have seen some amazing things from the students during these sessions.'

If you...

have excellent communication skills,

enjoy collaborating,
have experience in finance, fundraising, business management or human resources, 
have a love of music and a belief in the many possibilities that music offers to improve the well-being of vulnerable people,
our Trustees would like to hear from you.

Trustee opportunities are open now and would involve around one on-line meeting each month.
Commitment could be short or, preferably, longer-term.
Click this link for more information. 

During lockdown, our therapists worked imaginatively to keep in contact with those referred to them, providing...

  • Therapy sessions in gardens

  • Zoom therapy sessions

  • Zoom support sessions for staff groups, who say: 

'Isolation hasn’t been great, but thanks for the session... it was nice to have some relaxation time - something I find hard to do.'


Since September, our in-person therapy provision has been resuming. 


The New Normal means anti-viral cleaning between sessions, totally worth it for the responses our work has been generating.

Karen Hutchinson, Key Changes Music Therapist, writes...
Last school year I saw a boy for weekly Music Therapy sessions and, as was the way with Coronavirus restrictions, these stopped abruptly with no warning when lockdown happened.  He was 9 years old then and is on the autistic spectrum.  He would always be keen to come to the sessions and would choose his favourite instrument, a silver shaker, which he would give to me to play.  When I asked if he wanted me to play loudly or quietly he always chose quietly.  He has some speech but doesn’t choose to use it very much, and he certainly prefers saying no to yes; his teacher commented that he’d only heard him say yes a handful of times in the past year. 
During the lockdown I made music therapy videos for him but I didn’t receive any feedback so don’t know if he watched them.
When I was able to go back into school in September I wanted to see him again and give him more session time as I felt there was so much more we could have done if we’d had the time.  Before lockdown his confidence had been increasing and he was becoming relaxed in the sessions. 
I went to fetch him this week for his first session in over 6 months.  He saw me and beamed, then took my (sanitised!) hand to go to the session.  We were in a different room from the one we used to use (due to Covid-19 rules – this room was bigger with better ventilation) but I had put out our instruments as I usually did, on the same small table, so there was some continuity.  He sat down on his chair and began to cry but was also trying to smile.  I was worried in case there was something upsetting him – the change of room, not wanting to be there after all...? So I asked him if he wanted to go back to the classroom.  He clearly replied “no”.  As he often says 'no' even if he means 'yes' I changed the question – “do you want to stay in Music Therapy?” He said “yes”.  His tears were due to being overwhelmed perhaps, but also because he was very happy to be back in our sessions.  He then chose his favourite silver shaker and handed it to me.  I asked “shall I play it loudly or quietly?” and he replied, in a strong voice, “loudly”.  Later, when he chose it again, I asked the question the other way round, saying quietly or loudly, in case he had only chosen the first descriptive word he had heard the first time, but again he wanted loudly.  I am looking forward to seeing how our sessions progress this year as they clearly mean so much to this student. 

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These images, produced with kind permission, are of sessions in Key Changes therapy room at the charity's Winchester base.

Next time...

In the build-up to Christmas,
join our on-line fundraising live music events:-

  • Facebook Live gig with violin and piano (postponed till the new year)

  • Key Changes carol singing goes on-line

Help Key Changes to support vulnerable children and adults through music therapy. 

Until then...