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Friday 6 December 2019

'Music lessons like therapy for kids in direct provision'

Paddy O’Flynn of SVP charity
Paddy O’Flynn of SVP charity

Music lessons for children in direct provision can be a form of therapy to combat trauma they have experienced, according to St Vincent de Paul (SVP).

The charity provides music and choir lessons for children in direct provision centres in Kerry and Cork as it finds they can have therapeutic benefits.

"We help kids in primary school with trips, as parents can't pay," said Paddy O'Flynn, vice-president for the charity in the south-west region.

"We also subsidise support for music and choir practice, as a few children find that music works as a form of therapy."

Liaise

As well as music lessons and school tours, a volunteer from the local conference, or branch, will meet the direct provision centre manager every few weeks to liaise with them over what is needed within the centre.

The charity works closely with 10 direct provision centres in the south-west of the country and provides help to 1,100 people, including about 200 families.

"We help with one-off expenses, for example - one centre needed musical instruments, lamps and blankets," Mr O'Flynn said.

Language

The charity will also be setting up English lessons with volunteer teachers next year, to help with legal language and appeals.

The Herald is pleased to support the St Vincent de Paul annual Christmas Appeal.

To donate visit www.svp.ie/donate or call 01 8848200 or donate locally.

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