Together achieving better decisions and brighter futures for Manchester families of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that, due to the Covid-19 situation, this event has been cancelled.

Per the government’s advice with regards to keeping safe during the current coronavirus crisis, schools have been asked to take steps to reduce the number of visitors they have in their premises. Thus, events and gatherings such as this are being postponed for the time being.

We will let everyone know once we’ve found a suitable replacement date for the concert, when it’s safe again to do so.

This is a relaxed concert aimed at parents and carers of children & young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) in Manchester.

We know that, as carers, parents may have little or no access to live music. With the help of Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC), we aim to create moments and memories of joy, relaxation and engagement together with the wonderful, friendly musicians and fellow parent-carers.

The session will be provided free of charge and will include nibbles & refreshments. It will also coincide with Ashgate Specialist Support School‘s parent/carer coffee morning and there will be an opportunity to chat with fellow parents-carers before the performance.

How to book

Booking is essential.

Please contact us ASAP to reserve your place.

Mat Walklate playing the harmonica

Mat Walklate | image source:

Our Musicians

Our guest performer for the day will be the Matt Walklate Duo.

Mat Walklate is a professional musician and music teacher who plays harmonica and has a rich tenor voice. He specialises in blues and irish traditional music. He will be playing with a guitarist accompanist.

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Our Host

Ashgate Specialist Support School is a primary school for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) based in Wythenshawe. They cater for children with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), General/Global Learning Difficulties (GLD), Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), and other associated difficulties including behaviour.

The Ashgate Parents and Carers Group meets once a week in school on a Thursday morning, normally at 9:00-10:30am. The group meets for refreshments and welcomes all parents and carers. They sometimes run workshops or have a guest speaker but always makes time for to speak to each other about challenges and achievements.