Our Reach out and Play project will give local children with special needs (SEND), autism and those from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to play a musical instrument and perform in front of an audience! We'll provide 20 local families on low income up to 6 months of free lessons, and additionally will assist 100 current students with the cost of lessons, books, instrument hire and grade fees.
People maybe surprised to learn that many children and young people in SW London do not have access to high quality music education, including those from disadvantaged and low income families, minority groups, children with SENDS (Special Educational needs and disabilities) and autism. Additionally, gifted children do not have the opportunity to develop their talent. The current cost-of-living crisis and funding issues in schools means that many are denied opportunities.
Your donation will help us give 20 local families on low income up to 6 months of free lessons, on a 1:1 basis or in mixed groups and assist 100 current students with the cost of lessons, books, instruments, and grade fees. We'll help and encourage children to take part in performances and local community projects like choirs and instrumental groups. We will promote musical culture in the community by continuing to build partnerships and communication with local organisations and charities.
Playing an instrument enhances emotional and social development, health and cognition for children with ADHD and autism. Learning builds self-esteem and encourages teamwork especially when children perform at events and sing in choirs and therefore leads to them building relationships in the local community. They will have a greater opportunity to express themselves, explore and discover their creativity and possibility to pursue a future career in creative sectors and teaching.