The Rotary Club of comber - News Detail


Photo Caption: Pictured with President Denis Boyd are Ann Walsh (right) and Julie Allen


Two representatives from the Music Therapy Trust addressed Comber Rotarians at a recent meeting, and their first message was to acknowledge the Clubs financial support over many years. The organisation was set up 29 years ago by neurologist Dr. Michael Swallow with a view to change lives for the better through music. With minimal government support, the Trust constantly has to raise funds (ca. £250,000 per annum). Their 12 therapists are all professionally qualified with a Masterís degree in the subject, and they seek to help all ages whether they have physical or mental disabilities. It has been well evidenced that music crosses all barriers. The organisation covers Northern Irelandís six health trusts in 50 venues including hospitals, schools and homes, serving over 5,000 individuals and over 2,000 groups. Every person is individually assessed, and the therapy is tailored to each personís needs. The organisations vision is To see every child, young person and adult in Northern Ireland receive the level of music therapy service that meets their need The Rotary Club of Comber, supported by the Rotary Foundation, has been regularly committing funds to the Music Therapy Trust amounting to thousands of pounds from their long-term project The Northern Ireland Young Musician Competition, details of which are on the club website: www.

Story by: JD