The Middlesex based Charity, The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT), is to receive a grant of £15,000 over three years to assist them in the essential work they do with disadvantaged children and young people in creating the best start in life.
The Trust provides music therapy sessions to people with disabilities, of whom over 60% are children and young people.
The disability range which the Trust is able to support includes those with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down’s Syndrome – (www.okmtrust.org.uk)
In addition to weekly one to one music therapy sessions, the Charity teaches children to play an instrument or to sing and enables them to join in concerts and choirs. This way they are getting essential peer support – (https://youtu.be/9JEFVuXtX78)
The charity also works with other organisations such as Mind, Richmond, Homelink and the Integrated Neurological Services (both with bases in Middlesex) to provide music therapy programmes.
The grant will enable the charity to expand their service to include more beneficiaries currently on their waiting list.
Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by music therapists to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. Children with autism can develop emotional, social and communication skills.
Clare Lawrence, Director of OKMT, said, “We are very grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for funding 5 children with disabilities to attend the Otakar Kraus Music School for 3 years, enabling them to learn to play an instrument and perform, bringing confidence and self-esteem and allowing them to reach their potential.”
In our everyday lives we are often unaware of the critical work that goes on with those younger members of our society who are disadvantaged by these conditions.
It is gratifying that as Freemasons we are able to succour them and help them establish this self-esteem so they in turn may make their own contribution to society. No doubt the grant will go a long way in supporting the work the Charity is engaged in.
During the current Covid 19 situation much of the charity’s work continues on line.
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