Ellie Sherwood, who went out to Romania with Libra in the Summer as Music Therapist , working on all five projects, has been honoured for her work with a prestigious award.
She has been named as Postgraduate Student of the Year in the Faculty of Humanities at Manchester University for her extra -curriculum work with the Roma community in Manchester, and her project work for Libra in Romania.
Ellie received £100 for being awarded a 'Distinguished Achievement Award'. after being nominated by her tutor Caroline Bithell.
She said: "Elinor has devoted herself to an impressive range of community-based projects across Greater Manchester and overseas, while producing academic work of the highest quality. She acted as Principal Music Leader for a project working with children of Roma heritage, gamelan assistant for music therapy sessions at the Seashell Trust, piano teacher with the charity Moodswings Network, and music leader on summer projects for children in Romania. As a klezmer musician, she has made a major contribution to the local Jewish community, playing for religious celebrations, weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, organising concerts at Heathlands care home, and performing at the Jewish Museum. She was invited to present a paper based on her Roma work at a specialist conference in New York."
Ellie is now working for the Participation Team at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Libraās Therapy Trustee, Ros Urwin, at the 1st International Scientific Conference on Occupational Therapy in Bacau. https://t.co/OB6mNKWTni
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Britain still does ceremony well! To see our bearskin hatted guardsmen standing ramrod straight in 35+degrees heat was most impressive. His Excellency Paul Brummell had invited numerous NGOs to raise the profile of the work done by British Charities in Romania. Libra was amongst 36 organisations to present their work. Our emphasis was the successful development of the Occupational Therapy Profession. One of the challenges was "how long can you spin a fidget spinner for"? We were delighted to have Andrei Stupu with us as an example of a beneficiary, who has come through as a volunteer and now regularly helps us promote Libra's message at these high level events with considerable aplomb.Jun 17th
Congratulations to Ros Urwin, Libra's Therapy Trustee, who has been attending the 1st International Scientific Conference on Occupational Therapy at the University of Bacau, Romania. Marinela RAČÄ, (Assoc. Prof., PhD, āVasile Alecsandriā University of BacÄu, President APTOR, RO) and her colleagues have done a fantastic job to get this exciting programme underway. International speakers have come together to share their knowledge and experiences. Samantha SHANN, MSc Vice President of WFOT (World Federation of Occupational Therapists), UK: Marie-Antoinette MINIS PhD President ENOTHE (European Network of Occupational Therapy Higher Education): Mary-Margaret (Missy) WINDSOR, ScD, OTR/L, Boston University, USA: Ulla-Maija SEPPANEN, Assoc. Prof., Family Therapist, University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, FIN and many other international OT colleagues joined local service and academic leaders to celebrate occupational therapy profession in Romania. One of Rosā presentation was specifically about the Libra Foundation and the work of the British and Romanian volunteers. Libraās CEO, Virginia Darley, was delighted to be able to attend the Saturday morning session. Virginia spoke with many of the inspirational speakers and looks forwards to facilitating volunteering opportunities in the future.
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