The band performs regularly for various government departments as well as for organizations in the private sector. The band is particularly active in events that raise public awareness to subjects like abuse of women and children and violence.
We have achieved tremendous success with mentally and physically challenged children at the Elizabeth Conradie School in Kimberley. Their sense of accomplishment instilled by the drumming lessons enabled them to attempt more difficult tasks outside the normal parameters of their limitations.
Hands On! completed a pilot project initiated and funded by the South African Department of Justice at the Thusong Children’s Centre. Music lessons in drumming, steel drums and brass wind was presented as well as valuable life skills through The Journey Process. Hands On! was nominated for Community Builder of the Year by the Department of Social Services ad Population Development for 2008.
A quarterly financial report is prepared by an external accountant. Quarterly news letters are written and accompanied by photographs and/or video footage. These reports are available to donors and potential donors for their perusal or advice. Reports are also sent to grant makers on a bi-annual basis.
A development programme is in place by positioning volunteers into formal arts schools where they can be further educated. This opportunity serves as a job creation strategy. The volunteers can then seek and/or design their own future with the skills they have acquired, thereby improving the socio-economic circumstances of theircommunity.
- Emotional and creative expression
- Emotional release of tension
- Develops memory, increases concentration and communication skills
- Facilitates Self discovery and increases self- esteem.
- Develops right brain hemisphere functioning and improves hand /eye co-ordination and motor skills.
- Balancing the right & left brain hemispheres results in theta brainwave states which calms the nerves.
- Group/community awareness: we learn to co-operate with others to make music.
- Increased Energy: drumming releases endorphins, which energize body & mind, lifting our spirits.
- Time keeping: mental discipline is required to monitor the physical action in accordance with the
time & pace of the rhythm, promoting mind & muscle control.