Southend Mencap

The Music Man Project in Africa

We want to deliver music workshops and donate musical instruments to disabled children in care in African countries. We want to inspire schools and communities that do not have access to the musical activities, opportunities and resources currently enjoyed by their British counterparts.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 January 2016 to 12:00 PM, 1 October 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078686)

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  • Truly Inspirational

    — Derek Lewis, Chair of Royal Mencap

  • I wish you every success in your efforts

    — David Cameron

  • Exceptional Opportunities for Pupils

    — OFSTED

  • I wish you every success in your efforts

    — David Cameron

  • Truly Inspirational

    — Derek Lewis, Chair of Royal Mencap

  • Exceptional Opportunities for Pupils

    — OFSTED

Situation

Children with learning disabilities in residential care in African countries don't have access to adequate wheelchairs, let alone any musical resources or opportunities to enjoy the tremendous benefits of music. Comparatively, their British counterparts enjoy far more opportunity and equal access because of our relative affluence. Our chosen residential school in South Africa doesn't even have a pair of drum sticks, yet our own UK students recently performed to 1000s at the London Palladium!

Solution

The Music Man Project will deliver workshops to schools and care homes during our 10 day visit. We will donate instruments, teaching materials and resources, with the long-term aim of establishing an ongoing international relationship. We want to understand the additional challenges faced by people with disabilities in Africa and to support a growth in the musical resources and opportunities available to them. What impact could our kind of musical enrichment have on children in care there?