Disability & Mental Health

Why we exist..

A recent ONS report highlighted that there are nearly 9.6 million disabled people in the UK and 23% of working age adults are disabled. People with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be unemployed as people without disabilities, and 3 times as likely to be economically inactive.

For those who find learning difficulties using music as a medium can enable people to find their vocation and place in life.

Engagement in creative activities improves cognitive co-ordination and also the valuable and important interpersonal and communication skills.

Our experience

We have worked with people of all ages who have been disadvantaged by all manner of circumstances for many years. Our previous work has included small and large group workshops, one to one tuition, creative writing, making recordings and creating performances.

Much of this work was done through Musica, a charity of which Tim Ainslie was a co-founder, and we’ve worked extensively with Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s) and special educational needs units and establishments.

Our work now is focussed on the recovery and disability communities as well as people suffering with poor mental health.

Children In Need – 2018

More testimonials…


Would like to thank you for the Workshops and your continued support. The achievement we have seen in the young people that have been involved so far in the workshops has been incredible! Talents that we never knew were there!

Seeing our young people really excited at the prospect of the next session is great. The workshops are delivered ensuring the inclusion of everyone that attends. All levels of ability supported at Topcats are catered for to a high standard and we are so pleased that we are able to work in partnership with a fabulous team.

Anne-Marie  Children Service Manager


”…a specialist school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties …weekly tuition gave this student not only a valuable experience, qualification and sense of achievement but has also contributed to him being accepted at a prestigious music college”

Mr T Kerr, Head of Education

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