12th Mar '18

Bathurst music group set their sights on end of year eisteddfod

Expressing and verbalising emotion, helping with concentration and encouraging communication - music has a way of helping with all these things.

LiveBetter’s Transition to Work (SLES) music group not only focuses on self-expression but also encourages participants to build up their self-esteem, confidence and self-belief.

A few months ago, there was interest in creating a music group for SLES and as it happens one of our LiveBetter staff members, Carmen, sings and plays guitar in a band in Bathurst!

Not long after that, the program was off and running and in a short space of time participants have gone from being simply onlookers, to giving it a red hot go and singing along with the music, while other participants play percussion instruments to go along with the music.

Disability Services Coordinator, Clare Plunkett, is so proud of the group for participating with the program and has seen great growth in each participant.

“Isaac one of the participants, for example is classed as nonverbal. However, since participating in the music program, his speech has improved so much” said Clare.

“This fabulous group of people are practicing very hard, so much so they are thinking of entering the Bathurst Eisteddfod at the end of the year. Fingers crossed!”

“I am so proud of them all for putting themselves out there and having a go - it is truly making a difference in their lives,” she said

The music program runs from LiveBetter’s APP (day program) building in Howick St Bathurst. If this sounds like a program you would be interested in and you are an adult with an NDIS plan that includes core support, you are more than welcome to come and join in on all the musical fun on Wednesday 12:30pm-2:00pm! For further information contact Clare Plunkett on 1800 580 580.