(This article appeared in Stallcombe House News in Summer 2016)
All Inclusive Music is a partnership comprising of Claire Steer and Paul Johnstone providing music sessions for adults with learning disabilities. The majority of our work involves group sessions in residential homes or one to one sessions with people in their own homes. We have hosted a weekly group music session at Stallcombe house since January 2016, as well as providing a number of one to one sessions, both of which have proved extremely popular.
The group sessions are riotous and joyous affairs, each participant in the session has the opportunity to pick a song and sing with us on a microphone, and dancing is positively encouraged! We have increased the number of one to one sessions from two to five people. In these sessions we have seen real improvements to the engagement and confidence of participants. Two of our one to one clients performed several songs each with us at the recent Stallcombe Fayre.
We thoroughly enjoy our work with the people of Stallcombe House, the residents and staff are a pleasure to work with and we have received real support and encouragement from management.
The enjoyment, commitment, focus and confidence we see in our sessions makes this the best job in the world!