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Ray Travasso, Music Therapist at The Treehouse

Ray Travasso has worked at EACH as a qualified Music Therapist for 13 years and offers both one-to-one and group sessions to all families members either at home, in the community or at the hospice. 

“Music Therapy is about using music to connect with the families we work with – as a way of them exploring their emotions. Many of the children and young people I work with are unable to talk but music gives them a way to communicate and a voice.

“Everyone is musical – everyone has an innate response to music. That response could be physical, cognitive or emotional. We use music to address individual’s needs for example a behavioural problem or to express emotions such as anger.”

Music therapy isn’t just for the children directly accessing EACH’s care; it plays a vital role in supporting family members including siblings, parents and grandparents. Ray runs several groups and events including a monthly Music Therapy and Cake workshop and The Treehouse Choir, as well as organising our annual Treefest Festival. 

“These groups have become support sessions in their own right and help with feelings of isolation – allowing families to socialise with others in a similar situation. The Treehouse Choir includes bereaved and current families as well as EACH staff and is a true phenomenon. It shows how music can bring people together.

“I am continually looking for new ways to use music. EACH is a wonderful place to work – the care provided is tremendous. Whilst it’s challenging working with the families it’s also very rewarding to help people who are going through a very difficult time in their lives.”
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH