NAME: Charles Scott
BUSINESS NAME: Charles M. Scott
CONTACT: Charles Scott
1 - HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? - 3 years
2 - WHAT WAS GREAT ABOUT LAST YEAR FOR YOUR BUSINESS? - Virtually every day has been filled with music. It has been a privilege to spread a little joy and get such wonderful reactions and feedback, particularly from those living with dementia and their carers.
3 - WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE COMING YEAR? – To continue to make a difference and to raise funds and awareness for the charity ‘Mindsong’ by writing songs to be recorded free of charge by local artists. The aim is to create an album for sale with proceeds going to the charity. Check out my Facebook Group Page ‘Dion Charles Mindsong Project’ (Dion Charles is my stage and songwriting name).
4 - WHAT IS THE BEST THING YOU HAVE DONE IN YOUR BUSINESS THAT YOU CONTINUE TO DO? - I have continued to develop a better understanding for and empathy with those living with dementia and learning difficulties.
5 - WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTE FOR A BUSINESS TO HAVE? – A genuine connection with clients. It’s not just about the money, it’s about providing something of value to those clients and putting them first.
6 - WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE? - Personally, I am very proud of some of the songs that I have written and recorded but the biggest achievements are not always immediately apparent. Sometimes you hear months or even years later that some small thing you have done has had a positive impact on someone’s life. It’s all part of continuing to try and be a better person.
7 - WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN THAT WOULD HELP YOUR BUSINESS? - Anything and everything. I never want to stop learning but if you want me to be specific, more about the theory and practice of music therapy. Also, more of what CAP member Bob Pointer knows about communication and human behaviour.
8 - WHAT MISTAKES HAVE YOU MADE, OTHERS COULD LEARN FROM? -
Sometimes failing to balance decisiveness with being too hasty! Also, having a good idea and forgetting about it because you have failed to write it down.
9 - WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS CONTACT WOULD HELP YOUR BUSINESS? -
Music publishers, record companies, radio presenters, venues seeking relaxing music, support groups, dementia groups, care homes.
10 - CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS THAT HAVE HELPED YOU? - The Buddah Book by Lillian Too.
11 - WHAT WOULD BE YOUR NO1 WISH IF YOU HAD A GENIE? – World Peace, Protection of our beautiful planet and to know what secrets governments don’t tell us.
12 - WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST CAP BUSINESS CLUBS EXPERIENCE TO DATE? – There are too many to be specific but, in general, the willingness of members to help and share their experience and knowledge with others. It’s about collaboration not just self.
Charles and I have been part of a group of ukulele players accompanying singers from Mindsong, a Gloucestershire based charity providing music therapy in care homes. Charles works hard arranging the accompaniment for the songs, is a core member of the team and, through his performances, is popular with the residents of the homes with whom he relates well. Richard Wooler, Bream
I have known Charles for 40 years and have had the pleasure of making music with him all over the UK. In addition to the pleasure that he has brought to countless people in venues across the land, I know that he has helped the development of children and those with special needs by the use of music and rhythm. As a well qualified complementary therapist and counsellor, he is adept at relating to and communicating with people of all classes and abilities in an empathetic and caring way. I have no hesitation in recommending his services. Roger Ellis, musician.
I have known Charles foe several years in various capacities, but mainly as a colleague in the field of Complementary Therapies. Charles is an experienced and well-qualified practitioner who also has a relaxing and calming demeanour. He is an intelligent and articulate man with many skills in addition to his therapy credentials. He is a pleasure to work with, always punctual, reliable and completely trustworthy. Over the time I have known Charles he has developed and maintained a successful therapeutic practice and also worked as an in-house reflexologist in a local podiatry practice. He will always give of his best in whichever area he chooses to work. I wish Charles every success for the future and hope that he continues to work in his signatory kind manner. – Belinda Kennedy, Peterhead
Music scene reporter ‘Smudger’ once wrote of Charles in ‘Southern Country Magazine’, “This guy has the finest voice on the country music circuit today”. He wasn’t far wrong. Alas, Charles no longer appears on the circuit but it was great to catch up with him again recently when I was collecting my wife from a music therapy session where he had been officiating. “He’s very good” my wife told me. ‘Nuff said! R. Kershaw, Cheltenham.
What can I say about you and my bodily and mental experiences as a subject of your tender hands? When I needed someone to talk to, usually because I was stressing over something going wrong at work, you always came up with a parable, phrase, experience or story which rationalised and put into perspective my worries, concerns or problems, guiding me on my way with your management experiences and knowledge. Why did I never get you onto the Charity board of Directors? I will miss you being close and within easy reach, but that I wish you every success in Gloucestershire. I feel sure you will soon be overflowing with other peoples problems and stresses and I know that you will deal with them all compassionately and with the sensitivity and confidentiality that you did for me. Best wishes to you, I envy your new clients. - Denise Belshaw, Aberdeenshire
I am the mother of an autistic son. I first contacted Charles when my son was 7 years old to enquire about helping him.
On my son’s first appointment, Charles presented his self very well. He was a calm, quietly spoken person with a warm, caring and sincere attitude and showed respect for my sons situation and difficulties. It was evident to me that Charles was willing to try and help my son benefit from his therapies. After a few appointments and following into years, both my son and I became trusting of Charles and grew to be on friendly terms with him. We thought highly of Charles and always trusted his professional judgement and his therapy. I have no doubt in recommending him to others looking for this type of service. It has been great knowing Charles and it was a delight to have him as a therapist. May I take this opportunity to wish him well in pastures new and hope many others now and in the near future benefit of his presence and service, - Donna Morrison, Fraserburgh