Hertfordshire Music Service, as the Lead Partner for Hertfordshire Music Education Hub, works with a range of organisations who share the same core values for supporting and inspiring vulnerable children and young people through music and creative experiences. Please find details here of some of our partners and their work. http://www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/


Organisations supporting Young People with SEND


Silver Birch Dance Company are an inclusive dance company that exists because dance improves life experiences. They make exciting performances and build a community around their dancers. silverbirchdance.com




Drake Music are leaders in music, disability and technology. We are innovators, educators, curators and advocates. We believe everyone has the right to express themselves creatively through music. We use new technologies and ideas to open up access to music for all. Our vision is a world where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals. drakemusic.org



Paul Whittaker is an inspirational speaker, musician, performer and workshop leader who is profoundly deaf.

For 30 years he has been entertaining and educating people about music and deafness across the UK and beyond, at schools and colleges, conferences and theatres, courses and training events.

Paul will give you a taste of music, signed song, laughter and deaf awareness in his own inimitable style. paulwhittaker.org.uk


The Virtual School brings together information about children and young people who are looked after by Hertfordshire as if they
attended a single school. We support all children and young people aged between 0 and 19, and up to 25 if they attend further or higher

The Virtual School employs a range of advisers and support workers who work with children and young people, schools and
other education settings, social care teams, carers and adopters. We are located across Hertfordshire in County Hall, Hertford, Farnham House, Stevenage, Apsley 2, Hemel Hempstead and The Foyer, Hatfield. http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/virtualschool


Intensive family support teams (previously known as Thriving Families teams) work with families with multiple and complex needs who would benefit from intensive support. Click here for more information.





Community Partners


Creative Hertfordshire is a free online resource that allows anyone within the creative business and arts community in Hertfordshire to showcase work, share latest news, events and projects, and network with others. creativehertfordshire.com




The Arsenal Foundation uses the power of football and the Arsenal name to inspire and support young people in north London and across the globe.
Just knowing Arsenal cares can be a huge source of motivation for individuals facing difficulties in their lives. arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation



Youth Music are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. We believe everyone should have the chance to make music. Our projects help young people develop musically, of course, but they have personal and social outcomes too. We know that those facing difficulties – economic problems, lifelong conditions, tough circumstances or behavioural issues – are often the ones who get the most out of music-making. Youth Music offers meaningful chances to young people in complicated situations. youthmusic.org.uk


Electric Umbrella is a Hertfordshire based collaboration of professional musicians and adults with learning disabilities; writing, experiencing and performing music at small pubs, big festivals, live radio and everything in between.

We believe in a world where there is no ‘us and them’, and are on a mission to challenge people to think differently about learning disabilities. https://www.electricumbrella.co.uk/


 Information for families


Hertfordshire’s SEND Local Offer is your one-stop shop for information, support, services and activities available for children and young people with special educational needs, and their families. The Local Offer has been created by parents and professionals.
If you need help finding out more about special educational needs and disabilities we can help. Click here to find out more



HAND – The Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database is a voluntary database for children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs or a disability. Click here to sign up to monthly newsletters and to become a member.