Piano the key to music therapy

Leicester Rainey gives the newest addition a whirl. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

A secondhand piano has been given a new lease of life after it found a home with some talented would-be players.

Staff at Care Marlborough and the Mental Health Advocacy Service have been on the look-out for a piano to use as part of a new music therapy programme.

While the initiative is still in the planning stages, the upright piano has taken pride of place at the support group’s drop-in centre on Percy Street in Blenheim.

Visitors have been quick to try out the latest addition which staff hope will benefit both beginners and more experienced players.

The centre’s activities co-ordinator says that some of their regular visitors had played in the past.

“The piano had only been here for 30 seconds when someone started playing it.

“It’s a way for people to change their focus and enjoy something different, she says.

Marlborough Moving & Storage staff collected and delivered the piano for free, much to the relief of grateful staff.

Care Marlborough and the Mental Health Advocacy Service is a community based mental health agency providing both a free advocacy service and a day activity programme for those living with mental illness.

For more information contact Care Marlborough on 578 0302 and MHAS on 579 5304

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