This Year’s Charity

Chiltern is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy services to people of all ages and many different needs.


Who we are

Formed in July 2011 as a direct need for Music Therapy provision within the local area, our main services have grown to cover the southern counties of Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Gloucestershire and Bedfordshire. For our specialist services in Brain Injury and Neonatal care, we now provide assessments and services across the UK and are dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based Music Therapy services in every setting.

Whereas some providers only offer one type of approach, the Chiltern Music Therapy team has a thorough understanding of psychodynamic, medical, behavioural and person centred approaches.

The team contains a wealth of knowledge and experience in highly specialist areas covering the complete lifecycle from Acute Neonatal through to end of life care. Our children’s and adult services extend from one-to-one care in homes or in-patient settings , through to community groups and schools ensuring that we can provide the best possible provision in the right setting for each individual client.

Our highly specialised team have trained extensively all over the world gaining qualifications and experience at the highest levels. Within our Brain Injury service, we have 10, of only 27, Neurologic Music Therapists in the UK and have 4, of only 50 Music Therapists in the world trained in MATADOC (Music Therapy Assessment Tool in Awareness for Disorders of Consciousness).

We are also the only Music Therapy service in the UK to offer an Acute Neonatal and Paediatric service, with staff who are NICU-MT qualified.


Our values

Working with such a diverse range of people and ages means that we have to be flexible in our approach. As with all therapy or medical interventions, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ and that’s why it’s so important to us to be able to offer a range of Music Therapy approaches to suit each individual or organization that we work with.

We understand the importance of being able to show progress and benefits to the people we work with and that is why we are dedicated to providing clear and tangible outcomes for all our clients, ensuring all our work is evaluated and measured to the highest standards.

We are proud to be a Social Enterprise, a business model which allows us to trade in order to help people from all walks of life and tackle problems that are close to our heart. We see in many different areas of health and social care the strains, and stresses on accessing therapies – whether thats limited physiotherapy sessions or no access to counselling services. Services like ours, and the money raised through our business income and fundraising events mean that our door is open to everyone.

Our fundraising events are a core part of being able to offer our sessions to absolutely anyone. Whether you need to access our specialist Neurologic Music Therapy services following a brain injury, or you are looking for some additional input and support for a child with additional needs, we are here to help.

Having worked across the public, private and 3rd health and care sectors, our experiences have shown us the challenges and benefits in each area. As an independent organization we are able to remain dedicated to putting the needs of our clients first. We have seen the damage done by clients being discharged from services into no continuing input so we place great importance on our community Music Therapy services. We ensure that any client being discharged from our in-patient or one to one services has access to our community services, where people of all ages enjoy music-making and the positive benefits it brings.

The adults and children who access our services remain the most important people in the organization. We listen to them, we learn from them, we help them to make the changes that are important to them.