A WILTSHIRE musician has launched a £10,000 appeal to create a safe learning space for children and adults with special needs.

Stuart Rolfe, who sings and plays guitar with Stuart Rolfe and the Daylight Stealers, has used his time during the Covid-19 pandemic to take courses in music therapy, seizure training and autism.

Mr Rolfe, 49, of Cepen Park North, Chippenham, said: “I’m a passionate musician who three and a half years ago took up the opportunity to teach those with special education needs the joys of playing an instrument.

“Whilst the government have tried to take the necessary actions to ensure provisions are in place for those with special educational needs, unfortunately, even these services have been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, including myself.

“I have been unable to reach my students and, despite efforts to teach via Zoom, had to cease teaching during this period.

“I took this as an opportunity to further develop my knowledge and skills. I have now completed my music therapy course, seizure training and am in the process of completing a dedicated autism course.

“This will enable me to offer additional services and broaden the individuals I am able to support.

“My goal is to create a safe learning space in a timber cabin in my garden for these individuals to explore the incredible world of music.

“I have put £10,000 of my own savings into the project because I truly believe in it and have been in contact with my local council to seek support on what the requirements are needing to be met in order to provide this service," he said.

“With their support and through my own detailed research, I have recognised that that there are risks associated with special educational needs such as; seizures, sensory overload and many more.

“To ensure the classroom is as safe and accommodating as possible, specialist equipment and materials are required and making this a rather expensive project.

“Therefore, I am asking for support to fund this classroom and to help me provide the community with a service that is aimed at being accessible to all.”

To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/space-for-disabled-pupils-with-music-thera