Jessie’s Fund helps children with additional and complex needs or serious illness to communicate by using music. Music can provide a powerful and profound way in which children can express themselves and connect with the world around them. Jessie’s Fund is a registered charity working all over the UK.
What we do
We help children in children’s hospices to express themselves by using music as a language. We establish posts for music therapists, provide appropriate instruments, and offer training in simple musical techniques to staff. In schools for children and young people with special needs we give pupils the opportunity to participate actively in making music. They create their own music, and then perform or record it, in a programme called Soundtracks. We place just as much emphasis on training staff in special schools to use music as a tool for communication and learning: in this way we leave a legacy after one of our projects. We also offer support to other organisations aiming to help children with disabilities through music, as well as to individuals who struggle to access music therapy.
Maxine Peake Patron
We are delighted to announce that our new Patron is Maxine Peake, one of the nation’s favourite actors. She enjoys a prolific career as a theatre, television and film actor, portraying a huge range of characters. As a writer she has focused on social issues and the stories of women who have achieved greatness in the face of adversity. Maxine first came to national attention as Twinkle, in our late Patron Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies. Like Victoria Wood, her roots are in the North: she grew up in Bolton and still lives in the North West. She says: ‘I am very honoured to have been approached by Jessie’s Fund to become their new Patron. No-one could ever replace the extraordinary Victoria Wood: to be able to continue her work with an organisation she held so dear to her heart is an absolute privilege. Music has always played a very special part in my life, as a healer and an inspiration. To be able to reach out to young people with complex needs and allow them to communicate through the power of music is a must. What a wonderful and essential charity.’
News and events
Working with Mabel Pritchard School
Mabel Prichard School is a community special school for children and young people with complex needs from the ages of 2 to 19. The…
Following a very successful festival last year, the second Stokeseley Songfest takes place over the weekend of 21 – 23 February, at Stokesely Methodist…
‘Easy Street’ Swing in Scarborough
On Friday 21st February people in Scarborough will be able to enjoy an evening of music including covers of songs by Michael Buble, Tony…
A Cello Safari!
A Cello Safari? You can find out what that is on Sunday 15th March at 3pm, at Amersham Free Church, Woodside Road, HP6 6AJ….
Meet Oliver, who has been benefitting from music therapy, with the help of Jessie’s Fund, for the past couple of years. His mum says…
Music filling the classrooms
Laleham Gap School is a Special School for children with autistic spectrum and speech and language disorders. Jessie’s Fund completed a Soundtracks project at…