A new group for people aged 18 and over!

We are hiring!

We are looking for a Music Therapist to join our friendly, supportive team and provide music therapy sessions at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Website: https://www.hospiceofthegoodshepherd.com

The Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care for the people, relatives and carers of the local community. A music therapist is required to work closely with the multidisciplinary team and provide individual sessions for people receiving Inpatient care.  and individual and/or group sessions for people attending the Hospice on an outpatient basis in the Living Well Centre.

Number of hours per week: 5 hours

Length of contract: 18 months. Following this period, there will be the potential for the music therapy service to continue, funding permitting.

MusicPlace North-West is a well-established, music therapy charity based in Liverpool. We provide music therapy services in a range of health and educational settings across Merseyside and Cheshire. We also provide sessions for privately referred clients at our base in Liverpool..

Our charity is dedicated to providing quality services, to enabling people in the North-West to have access to music therapy when they need it and to raising awareness of the potential benefits and effectiveness of music therapy.

We are a friendly, supportive team of music therapists and hold regular online team meetings.

We are looking for a creative, sensitive, enthusiastic and empathic therapist with excellent communication skills.  Applications from newly qualified therapists are welcomed. Experience of working in palliative care would be an advantage.

The post will be on a self-employed basis. Sessional rate: £40 per hour

Management and administrative support will be provided as well as opportunities for CPD

MusicPlace North-West is committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to keeping them safe.  Applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS check and to be registered with the HCPC. Professional Indemnity Insurance is also a requirement of the post.

Closing date for applications is Friday January 27th @ 5pm

Interview date tba

If you would like a job specification and an application form or if you would simply be interested in finding out more, please contact Mary Clayton at musicplacenw@gmail.com or telephone 07999 714625

Thanking the National Lottery Community Fund!

We would like to say a huge thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund for awarding us the funding to carry out our Music Together Project at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester where we will provide music therapy for patients receiving end of life care, respite care, outpatients attending the Living Well Centre at the hospice and their carers.

The difficult time of the Covid pandemic has meant less time with loved ones over the past year, and we are delighted to be able to offer this project to support some of the people most affected at this crucial time.  




We are recruiting volunteers to join our board of Trustees

We are looking for people with the following skills and experience:


Health and Social Care.

We need people with specific skills who are able to give some of their time to help us. You will have the opportunity to work closely with a small and friendly team and the chance to make a real difference to our charity.

Applications are particularly welcomed from people from the BAME community

The MPNW board of trustees meets five times a year, usually virtually and occasionally in our Centre in Liverpool. This opportunity is for an initial three-year term.

How to apply:

Contact Gill Miller (Chair of Trustees  gill.miller@aol.com ) or Mary Clayton (Coordinator musicplace@liverpool.ac.uk   ) if you would like to arrange an initial informal discussion, or alternatively, forward your letter of application and CV to musicplace@liverpool.ac.uk

Application deadline: Applications for this volunteer position can be submitted at any time.


We have been providing online music therapy sessions throughout the Covid Pandemic in order to continue to give support to our clients during these difficult times.

We are very grateful to everyone for their support this year.

Our Aviva Crowdfunder campaign raised a fantastic £1,439 (including Gift Aid). Many thanks to all our supporters who gave so generously and helped us set up our digital music therapy service.

In the summer we received the brilliant news of a Covid 19 Emergency Fund grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation. This grant helped us expand our digital service, including buying much needed equipment.

We were delighted to receive a grant from the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund, part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities. This grant has helped us continue to develop the digital service and plan a new outreach programme. More news of this exciting project to follow!

It has also been wonderful to have had support from ‘LCR Cares’, the Liverpool City Region Covid 19 Community Support Fund (managed by Merseyside Community Foundation). This grant has helped us with the essential core costs of running our service and enabled us to provide music therapy sessions to a wide range of people, including face to face sessions where this has been possible. Music is a wonderful tool for bringing people together even whilst maintaining social distancing. There has been a big increase in the need for emotional and mental health support over the last year.


Our project ‘Music therapy online’

Hi everyone, one week left to reach our target!!

We are SO grateful to you all for supporting our Aviva Community Fund project ‘Music therapy online’ and for your generosity. One of our clients said recently ”Our lives would all be so much the poorer without this vital joining together through the wonderful language of music“.

Could you help us by sharing the link with your friends?



Thank you!

Many thanks indeed to all our kind supporters who’ve donated to our fundraising campaign .You are helping us provide on line music therapy sessions for vulnerable and isolated people. Thank you!

Fundraising Campaign

We’re fundraising through LocalGiving to help us sustain and adapt our music therapy services throughout Covid-19 social distancing measures for people needing support across the North West.

We are providing on line music therapy sessions for some of our service users.

The aim now is to expand the therapy sessions and make them available to anyone who feel they could benefit from such support.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Decibellas Charity Concert for MusicPlace North-West

MusicPlace North-West were delighted to be the nominated charity for “Music in the Air”, a Spring concert, by the award-winning Decibellas Women’s Choir, which took place on Saturday, 28th April 2018 at St Boniface Church in Bunbury, Cheshire.

A fabulous night was had by all who attended, and with ticket sales and generous donations, the ladies raised an incredible £1,500 for MusicPlace North-West.  The money will go a long way to helping others enjoy music therapy and communicating through the universal language of music.

Decibellas, who prior to the concert had just returned from a tour of Budapest, were founded in 2010 by a group of women who love to sing, and has grown into an award-winning choir of over 70 voices.   Based in Tarporley, Cheshire, the choir attracts members of varying ages and experience from the surrounding area.  We thank them again for their time and effort in organising the concert and for their wonderful donation.

Mary Clayton (pictured centre), Music Therapist from MusicPlace North-West attending Decibellas concert on Saturday, 28th April 2018

Decibellas Charity Concert – Music in the Air!

MusicPlace North-West are delighted to be the nominated charity for a spring concert entitled “Music in the Air” by the award-winning Decibellas Women’s Choir, taking place on Saturday, 28th April 2018 7.00pm for 7.30pm at St Boniface Church in Bunbury, Cheshire.

Decibellas, who have just returned from a concert tour of Budapest, were founded in 2010 by a group of women who love to sing, and has grown into an award-winning choir of over seventy voices.   Based in Tarporley, Cheshire, the choir attracts members of varying ages and experience from the surrounding area.

Tickets for this upbeat and fun evening are £10 for adults and £5 for children.  They’re available from http://www.decibellas.co.uk, email decibellas@gmail.com or from Swaffield’s in Tarporley and Tilly’s Coffee Shop in Bunbury.

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