Our Story

ABOUT US

The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) is based in Twickenham, Middlesex and was set up in 1991 by Dr Margaret Lobo MT FRSA, and her husband Walter, to provide music therapy for people of all ages who have physical, psychological, learning, behavioural or emotional difficulties.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to ensure that every child and adult has access to affordable music therapy in the community, helping to improve their well-being and quality of life through creative and participatory music making.

OUR AIMS

  • to build partnerships to increase the provision of music therapy in the community
  • to improve awareness of disability and the benefits which music therapy can bring
  • to provide lasting benefits to hundreds of children and adults who are marginalised due to communication difficulties, disability or poverty, irrespective of their gender, economic status, race or religion.

ACTIVITIES

We operate from our accessible, purpose built and newly refurbished Music Studio in Twickenham, and at a number of outreach projects in the London Boroughs of Richmond, Hounslow, Ealing and in the Home Counties. OKMT is now providing nearly 3000 individual and over 600 group music therapy sessions each year for over 230 people. We also promote awareness and understanding of music therapy and its healing role by providing information, lectures and workshops to music and health professionals, the media and the general public.

Our ethos

We Listen, Learn and Act!

We listen to the wants and needs of our clients, families, parents and carers, learn from their suggestions and then act upon them. From their feedback and our own observation, we have introduced programmes such as Music Club, Music School and the Parents’ Choir to benefit all the family. We also respond to need in the community, working with Me too & Co, to help children with additional needs, and the West London Mental Health Trust, to help young people with mental health problems. We are currently seeking funding to start a Neurological programme in 2016, partnering with local charity RUILS, and a group for elderly people with memory problems, in partnership with Homelink.

OUR TEAM

TRUSTEES AND STAFF

OKMT is governed by a Board of Trustees, and is run by our inspirational Director and Founder, Dr Margaret Lobo and our General Manager, Clare Lawrence. We have 7 part-time qualified Music Therapists who have completed a Masters in Music Therapy. They are registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HPCP) and uphold its Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics supported by the Guide to Professional Practice which is produced by the British Association of Music Therapists (BAMT). We have 3 part-time administrative and fundraising staff members.   All of our staff have DBS checks and receive regular Safeguarding Training. Our Safeguarding Policy can be read here. We are also assisted by around 15 volunteers who help at our various concerts and events.

PATRONS

  • Matthew Best
  • Gwynne Howell CBE
  • Charles Kraus
  • Jonathan Summers OAM
  • Sir John Tomlinson CBE
  • Sir Vincent Cable