Kisharon has won a £30,000 BBC Children in Need grant for its music therapy initiative, enabling the charity to provide additional music therapy to 35 pupils aged between five and 18 with learning disabilities.
The three-year music therapy project teaches self-expression and aids language development.
Kisharon school caters for pupils suffering from a variety of disabilities and each of these pupils requires tailored support and music therapy which gives a voice to pupils with impaired means of communication. Students can also participate in projects where they create a piece of music together and have the opportunity to perform this in front of their peers, family and school.
Sora Kopfstein, headteacher of Kisharon, said: “Kisharon School is exceptionally grateful to BBC Children in Need for awarding us a grant in order to provide our music therapy sessions to pupils who truly benefit from them.
“The music therapy project is, in so many cases, life-changing and to have the guarantee that we can now provide this therapy for three years is wonderful news.
“I would particularly like to thank Vicky Taub, the language therapist manager at Kisharon and Omer Plotniarz, our music therapist, whose contribution to the application was vital to us winning the funding.”
As a fundraiser for the Kisharon charity, the school launched its Kisharon & Co initiative on Sunday. Spearheaded by Fella Salama, Perri Noé and Riki Greenberg, Kisharon & Co is a membership programme for key supporters. The inaugural Kisharon & Co sushi and wine evening raised more than £6,000 for the Golders Green school.