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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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Christmas Card Competition 2023

Are you a budding, amateur or even professional photographer? Then Jessie’s Fund needs you! This year we are launching a competition for our next Christmas card design. We would like you to send us your favourite winter scene or festive photograph of our stunning York landmarks. These cards are always...

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James Rennie: A Musical Journey

We are very pleased to share with you our latest video: ‘James Rennie: A Musical Journey‘. We have previously talked about our work at James Rennie School in Cumbria in our newsletter and on the website, and this video really reflects the impact of the whole school music culture that...

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A message from Martin House

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We recently heard from Martin House Children’s Hospice about the impact of our latest support for their Music Therapy service: “We would like to say a big thank you for the extremely generous grant made from Jessie’s Fund towards our Music Therapy provision. Your support means the world to us...

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Ellis to lead Jessie’s Fund, taking over from founding director Lesley Schatzberger. Rebecca, a music graduate, comes to Jessie’s Fund from a role as assistant headteacher and special educational needs and disabilities coordinator in a Leeds primary school. She is also...

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More support from Academy of St Olave’s

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The Academy of St Olave’s has supported Jessie’s Fund on several occasions over the past few years, raising nearly £7,000 for us in total. They have just performed once again for Jessie’s Fund at the exciting new venue of the Creative Centre Theatre at York St John University. The orchestra’s...

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