Specialists in disability & creativity

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What is Musical Keys?

Musical Keys is a charity which provides music and arts activities for people with disabilities and additional needs in Norfolk and the surrounding area. Our passion is making music accessible to everyone.

We run groups and activities which enable participants to take part in, and benefit from, music and creativity, using both traditional and modern methods.

We reach people of all ages and abilities. Our service users include babies undergoing diagnosis and their families, children with complex disabilities, young adults with Autism, adults with addiction problems, and older people living with dementia.

Those taking part in our sessions are supported to express themselves, learn new skills and build confidence and social skills. Additionally, our sessions provide a vital support network for families and carers who can otherwise find themselves socially isolated.

Last year saw:

 

630

individuals supported

…and in many cases, their families and carers too.

950

hours of music made

…from nursery rhymes to hip hop.

5556

Places offered

…to babies, children, young and older adults.

For nearly 30 years Musical Keys has specialised using music and creativity to engage and develop the skills of people with disabilities and additional needs. We believe passionately in inclusion and participation, and we have the skills and experience to provide inclusive activities which engage people with a wide range of needs.

We work with children, young people and adults all over Norfolk and the surrounding area. We strive to reach isolated individuals and families whether that is due to location, social exclusion or as a result of disability.

In addition to welcoming participants to our regular, ongoing groups we provide bespoke services to individuals and organisations including OPEN Youth Trust, Short Breaks, SureStart Centres, Norfolk Autistic Society, Norfolk and Norwich Blind Association and NANSA. Find out more about who we work with and how we could work with you.

Our work falls into four areas:

 

Unite

Regular sessions for 0-5 year olds with additional needs and disabilities, and peer support for their families.
 

Express

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One-off and regular ongoing projects for children and adults of various ages and abilities.

Evolve

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Activities in schools and colleges to support and engage young people who have SEND and additional needs.
 

CONNECT

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Music activities for older people living with age-related illness or disability in a social, group setting.

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In the words of a parent

“This is a wonderful charity, offering opportunities for children and young people with additional needs to engage with music.

Since my son and I have been going to Musical Keys’ Saturday group, he has developed so much. He has begun to do pretend play, turn-taking, saying and gesturing hello and bye, and joining in a group. All the things he struggled with.

Not only has Santi benefited. This group has been very important to me too. During Santi's ASD diagnosis I was stressed, overthinking his future. A bit of music and silliness, a bunch of fab children, along with other understanding parents was just the remedy I needed.”

-Gabriela, Norwich

Get Involved

Musical Keys needs your support to be able to continue making a difference to people’s lives. There are a number of ways that you can help us from hosting your own coffee morning to corporate sponsorship. Every penny counts.