News and events

Trustees wanted!

As we move towards our 30th Anniversary in 2025, we’re looking to expand our Board of Trustees, to bring in different people with skills and experience to complement our present team. It doesn’t mater if you’ve not been a charity trustee before; what’s more important is the skills and experience...

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Royal Northern College of Music collaboration

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In the summer term, we visited Piper Hill School, Brentwood School, Springwood School and Springside School, working with pupils aged 4-19 with a range of special educational needs. The students were paired up and then allocated to a project with two of our experienced musicians. They were asked to reflect...

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Eurovision Sharing Performance in Merseyside

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We had an amazing day with the students, staff and parents from Presfield High School, Rowan Park School and Bluebell Park School, with the SKY music hub, for our Eurovision sharing event. We look forward to sharing some of their songs about summer, teamwork and what happens when you eat...

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Movement For Good winners!

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Thank you to everyone who supported us by nominating us and sharing the link for the Movement for Good prize draw, from the Benefact group. We are pleased to share that we are one of 150 lucky charities who have won £1000! This donation allows us to fund music therapy...

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Making music with The Dales School

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We recently ran a five-day creative music at The Dales School, Northallerton, who cater for children aged 2-19 with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, which the school said was a ‘magical experience for all involved’. Our musicians Joe and Helen worked across a range of classes to bring...

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Songs for families to sing together

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You will have read in our latest newsletter about our brilliant family learning project in Calderdale, and the impact it is having on the children and families accessing the sessions with our musician, Jess. We want as many families as possible to be able to learn different songs and ideas...

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Happy World Music Therapy Week!

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Here at Jessie’s Fund every week is music therapy week, but we are pleased to celebrate the first #worldmusictherapyweek. It’s been great to see all the posts shared by organisations across social media celebrating the power of music therapy. Here are some thoughts from parents, carers and staff whose children...

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Family Learning in Calderdale

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Jessie’s Fund has been working with Calderdale Portage, a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with special educational needs and their families in West Yorkshire. Our musician Jess Baker tells us more about the project, which she says is the highlight of her week. This project started with a pilot...

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Meet the Executive Director

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Rebecca Ellis is our new Executive Director, having taken over the day to day operations at Jessie’s Fund in the new year. Here we learn a bit more about what brought her here and what drives her. What drew you to Jessie’s Fund? This may sound like a cliché but...

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