The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) is based in the London Borough of Richmond and was set up in 1991 by Dr Margaret Lobo, and her husband Walter, to provide music therapy for people of all ages who have physical, psychological, learning, behavioural or emotional difficulties.
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.
- 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.
We operate from a variety of accessible venues in Richmond and Hounslow and work in partnership with a number of organisations at outreach projects in the area. OKMT provides nearly 3000 individual and group music therapy sessions each year for over 290 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.
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, OK Music School and the OK Youth Choirs. We also respond to need in the community, working with Skylarks, to help children with additional needs, and Together As One to help adults with mental health problems. We are running a group for elderly people with memory problems in partnership with Homelink Respite Day Centre in Whitton.