Our Stories - Skye House, Glasgow

To kids locked into a world of mental health difficulties, the ability to play a musical instrument must come as a joyful release.

At Skye House in Glasgow, young people from across the west of Scotland now have the benefit of two Roland digital pianos donated by the Teddy Bear Foundation.

One girl who is playing at Grade Seven has already taken advantage of this new musical facility.  Despite her obvious talent, she does not like playing ‘out loud’ so the ability to plug in a pair of earphones means that it is her, and her alone, who can hear her ‘tinkling the ivories.’

Colin MacDonald, a teacher and pastoral care worker, explained the role of Skye House, a newly-built adolescent unit which is housed within the grounds of Glasgow’s Stobhill Hospital.

He said:”We have up to 24 young people with mental health difficulties from as far afield as Stranraer, Inverness and the Outer Hebrides.  They are aged between 12 and 18 years old.

“They can be with us for as long as a few years so it is important they continue their education until they rejoin their local communities.

“There are three units, here.  There is a separate living area, a therapies block and the school.

“Their conditions include eating disorders, post traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorders and psychosis.

“We have two or three young people who are very keen on playing the piano.  We had an old wooden one, which wasn’t any use.

“The Teddy Bear Foundation came up with not one, but two Roland digital pianos which are now being put to great use.

“Our residents get a lot of their emotions out playing the piano so it’s very therapeutic!”

Skye House

The Roland pianos are proving a big hit at newly-built Skye House.

Skye House

Colin MacDonald shows how it's done.

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