MSP Margaret Mitchell has pledged her support to charity which is changing people’s lives through music therapy.
The Central Scotland Conservative list MSP praised Nordoff Robbins Scotland for hitting the right note with their work when she visited an exhibition staged by the organisation at the Scottish Parliament.
The charity wants to ensure that music therapy is available to everyone in Scotland.
Mrs Mitchell said: “I am delighted to highlight the vital support they deliver to people in Scotland.
“Through intensive sessions with individuals and small groups, music therapy connects to people who struggle to communicate and as a result are often isolated and have a poor quality of life.
“With music therapy this does not need to be the case. Music therapy has the power to change people’s lives for the better and Nordoff Robbins is a charity I am proud to support.
Nordoff Robbins Scotland fundraising director Carolyne Nurse said: “Music therapy is vital for many people.
“Whatever their condition or illness, music therapy helps people to take their first steps to engaging or re-engaging with the world around them.
“It is important that our MSPs understand that for many of the people we work with, music therapy is not optional – it is essential.
“Our therapists change the lives of people with dementia, autism, learning disabilities and other complex conditions by enabling them to connect and communicate.
“We bring hope to many people and their families and we want to make music therapy accessible to everyone in Scotland who would benefit.”
Nordoff Robbins music therapists help over 400 children, young people and adults every week using the power of music to improve their health and wellbeing.