Welcome to our
Winter Newsletter

January 2021


On-line carol singing
A success! 

Funds received
Thanks to our funders

A therapy story

Membership Scheme OPEN
Join us - AGM 2021
Opportunity to join our trustees


Success for Key Changes Carol Singers 2020 on-line!

Our socially distanced group of 5 singers enjoyed a, currently, rare chance to sing a selection of familiar, much-loved carols. 
Undetered by a last-minute venue changes due to tightened COVID-19 restrictions, and grateful to all at St Mary Bourne parish church, and Mark Allen behind the camera, this event was filmed for launching via Facebook Live. 


"Lovely! Thank you all - dancing and singing in my kitchen!"

"Beautifully sung!"

With grateful thanks to all supporters: £435 was raised.
The film had 3.2k views - a substantial new audience for Key Changes.

If you missed out, don't worry - you can still

watch & donate


FUNDS received...
Key Changes is grateful to Amanda Lapping and to The Hedley Foundation, for each granting £1,000.

Funds from The Hedley Foundation are for instruments to use in our therapy work, primarily for our growing work in Dementia Care, and to replace the electric piano at Key Changes, which is now showing its age & mileage! 


Thank you Hedley Foundation!

Amanda Lapping is a long-established music therapist working in adult learning disabilities. A keen supporter of Key Changes down the years, she has attended almost every one of our annual conferences.
In 2017, to high acclaim, she presented:

‘To Infinity… and Beyond!’: the changing face of music therapy practice in learning disability health teams.

The conference theme was: Music Therapy - the bigger picture
When asked about her kind donation, Amanda replied:

...over the years you have provided Continuing Professional Delight in conference form and we originally formed our wind quartet following
(or during? ... or before) an event which has been years of fun.


We always aim to allocate grants such as Amanda's, the use of which is unspecified, to a project which matches something about the donor. In Amanda's case, our work at Osborne School, Winchester for learning disabled older teenagers was in need of funding, and matches her work in adult learning disablity.

The school is currenty in lockdown, but a newly qualified therapist is set to take on the work there as soon as it reopens.
Amanda replied: 

Really pleased to support the project and a newly qualified therapist.
Thank you, Amanda! 



Dylan plays a long, loud, high sound on his blue recorder.
He stops and waits.
Dylan’s Mum and the music therapist listen to the intensity of the sound.
The therapist pauses and then plays a similar sound on her clarinet.


Dylan smiles, and they continue to take turns, waiting and listening between sounds. This is how a music therapist ‘attunes’ to a child, (they are working with) to build up an affective working relationship. The therapist matches the duration, pitch, and intensity of Dylan’s sounds and in so doing Dylan recognises that he has been heard in a very exact way which gives him a lot of pleasure.

Dylan has just turned four and was referred for music therapy several months ago. He has autism, which means that taking turns and listening to others is difficult for him. However, he is able to do it in the music therapy session because he is so motivated by music and sounds. The therapist is able to listen to him and challenge him enough, but not too much, to wait and listen, so his ability to do this improves.
This is one example of how a skilled music therapist can positively boost a child’s developmental needs working to improve non-verbal communication skills such as turn-taking and listening.

Through this approach, Dylan is also getting some support for difficult emotions by playing loud sounds and listening to the therapist’s feedback. Prior to this session, Dylan was upset and unsettled. He can become fearful of some things and situations, and he struggled to talk about how he was feeling. Through this way of playing with the therapist, Dylan doesn’t need to have to use words to describe his difficult feelings. The therapist understands Dylan's sounds as a reflection of how he feels which she validates and contains in their shared music-making. Music therapy can offer support for emotions without words.

Dylan’s Mum writes:

“Dylan has been very fortunate to take part in music therapy sessions this past year. He benefits and responds well to small group sessions with his peers and has really developed a strong interest and love for sound, instruments and music. The therapist responds beautifully and intuitively to Dylan’s individual needs and communication style. It’s been a pleasure to observe the therapeutic relationship between her and Dylan and to witness the positive impact of the sessions on Dylan’s mood, his attention and listening but also his expression of himself through sound.

A hugely positive, nurturing and developmentally beneficial experience for our son, for which we are extremely grateful.”


Our Membership Scheme is growing and still open for registrants.
To find out more, click the link and GET INVOLVED! 



Our new trustees are planning our AGM:

Wednesday evening, 10th March 2021

Join us, to help plan the future for Key Changes.
We hope to see you there

Invitation to join our Trustees,
to support the work of our highly-valued local charity.
We still have one trustee opening - to support our finance team. 

If you...

have excellent communication skills,

enjoy collaborating,
have particular experience in finance,
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.
Committment could be short or, preferably, longer-term.
Click this link for more information. 



We are all looking forward to a bit of this...


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