Verna Hawes

Music Workshop Leader & House-keeper

Qualifications and experience

Music theory and practical Grade 8 with the Royal London College of Music and Qualified Teacher of Music for adults. Verna has over 40 years’ experience as a musician as well as teaching for 5 years, she has performed both solo and in groups at various establishments and settings.

Working with addiction

Music is a passion for Verna and has helped her to get through some difficult times in her own life. For the last 18 months she has used this experience to help those that come into the Lighthouse, to ‘feel and see’ the direct effect that Music can have when in recovery from addiction. Music therapy touches all aspects of the mind, body, brain, and behaviour. Music provides a distraction for the mind, it can slow the rhythms of the body, and it can alter the mood, which in turn influences behaviour.

Working at the lighthouse

Verna has also been the Housekeeper of the Lighthouse for the last 3 years and has 35 years’ experience in various homes and businesses. She prides herself in maintaining a clean and comfortable environment for those in recovery. As part of the team at the Lighthouse it is always amazing and inspiring to watch the transformation of our clients during their stay.

Hobbies and interests

In her spare time Verna enjoys playing the guitar, drawing and doing jigsaw puzzles. She also gets pleasure from walking in nature especially by the sea and the local nature reserves.