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Headway gets cash head start' with brain injury music therapy

PUBLISHED: 22:10 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010

Alex, Ben and David get their lives back with music therapy

Alex, Ben and David get their lives back with music therapy

A BRAIN injury treatment programme in East London which uses music in its groundbreaking therapy has landed a £10,000 windfall for its unique work. The Headway East London centre has been given the cash for a year's music therapy from the National Lottery's Awards for All programme

A BRAIN injury treatment programme in East London which uses music in its groundbreaking therapy has landed a £10,000 windfall for its unique work.

The Headway East London centre has been given the cash for a year's music therapy from the National Lottery's Awards for All programme.

The cash means Headway's music therapist Alex Street can now invest in new instruments such as an electronic keyboard that can be connected to computers. He aims to use music's disciplines to speed up brain recovery and even get his 'after care' patients to produce their own records.

Headway's new centre in Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, runs social rehabilitation for people living with brain injury.

Music has now been recognised as complementary alongside treatments such as craniosacral therapy and yoga.

It helps in social activity to rekindle skills that are lost through a brain injury such as listening and sharing, which have to be re-learned and developed with the other members of the group.

Headway East London is the only centre in inner London handling brain injury specifically, working with local authorities and primary care trusts in 14 London boroughs.

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