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May 19th Visit to Haven House – London Centre for Cerebal Palsy

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

 

AMY WINEHOUSE’S MUSICAL LEGACY ENABLES CHILDREN TO FIND A ‘NEW VOICE’ Children at The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy are all set to make sweet music this year thanks to a £7,450 grant from the Amy Winehouse Foundation for music therapy sessions. Amy’s parents, Mitch Winehouse and Janis Winehouse-Collins, came with other Trustees from the Foundation to the Centre on Wednesday 20 April to present their grant cheque. Mitch and Janis also brought a new keyboard and stand as a personal gift to the children.

Hi All,

Wanted to spend a moment talking about Haven House after our most recent visit on the 19th May and to highlight the incredible work the staff at Haven house do for children with life-limiting conditions and bringing in music therapy can help to address important developmental needs. Not least because it provides an excellent means to increase a child’s communication, interaction and social skills as well as enhancing physical skills and promoting their overall wellbeing.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Music Room at Haven House, a children’s hospice in Woodford, Essex, has been funded by the Foundation since 2014. It is a nurturing environment in which young children, their siblings and their parents can enjoy music together, but also engage with qualified therapists. A number of the children at Haven House are receiving end-of-life care and so creating a good quality of life for them is of the utmost importance.

As well as funding the building of the room itself,we also provide funding for both a Senior and Junior Therapist. Their work – using simple techniques such as encouraging the singing of a favourite song – has a huge impact on a child’s wellbeing, motivation and development.

Since 2013, we have also funded the Amy Winehouse Music Therapy Programme at the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Children from across London, Essex and Hertfordshire come to the centre to help them address a number of issues – from communication difficulties to motor problems – and to become as independent as possible.

Our therapy programme forms an important part of this work. It allows both toddlers and young children to express themselves via structured music sessions which build self-esteem and confidence among participants. Perhaps most importantly, it allows the children to develop a ‘new voice’ with which they can communicate with others.

Words don’t cover how incredible the work done at Haven House is. Learn more here on their website

Mitch

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Support the LTDA Campaign #StayFareMayor –

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Afternoon all,

Please take a moment to watch this brilliant short film from The LTDA, London Taxi Authority and support the #StayFareMayor campaign and Black Cab Drivers all over the capital. Where would our fair city be without it’s iconic Black Cab fleet!

#StayFareMayor

Mitch

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BBC Coverage: “How Amy Winehouse’s studio helps troubled young people…”

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

 

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Morning All,

Wanted to share this brilliant interview with BBC Entertainment team filmed at Amy’s Yard and talking about the work undertaken at the Amy Winehouse Foundation with young people.

Amy was again nominated in the best solo female category at BRITs2016 last night, a prize she won back in 2007 As we and the music industry remember her many talents and warmth – this BBC film celebrates the ongoing programme set up in her name and honour.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation and ‘Amy’s Yard’ programme provides cohorts of musicians and students through a 12 week course run within the foundations facilities in North London and involving Amy’s own studio space. The Amy’s Yard programme is run in combination with Island Records, our family and industry recognised professionals alike and is a brilliant initiative going from strength to strength.

Watch the short film now over on the BBC Site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35558327?SThisFB

Learn more about our work here: http://www.amywinehousefoundation.org/amys-yard

Mitch

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