Thank you for wanting to help our fabulous Hands & Voices and IMPs reach their Buskathon target!
Every year, our fabulous Hands & Voices and IMPs choirs hit the streets of York to perform a medley of their favourite singing and signing Christmas hits. And they never fail to bring a big bunch of smiles to the streets of York!
All our members are so proud to be fundraising for the projects they love being part of. If you could help them reach their target this year it would make for an incredible Christmas present.
In case you haven't come across our choirs before, we thought you'd like to know a bit more about them.
Hands & Voices is our inclusive singing and signing choir, set up in 1997 to help adults with communication and learning difficulties communicate through music and performance. The Hands & Voices programme includes weekly rehearsals during term-time and a training programme where choir members learn how to lead music workshops.
Our IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) programme provides year-round fun, inclusive music activities for disabled and non-disabled children and young people. It includes after school clubs in local primary schools, a weekly music group for 11 - 25 year-olds, holiday activities, and a training programme where IMPs members learn leadership and communication skills.
Both our choirs put on regular performances across the city and deliver outreach workshops in schools, youth groups and other community settings, co-led by trainees from the choirs.
In recent feedback from Hands & Voices and IMPs members:
- 100% told us that taking part makes them more happy
- 91% said that taking part has made them feel more confident
- 100% said taking part has helped them get better at making their own choices
- 87% said taking part has helped them express their opinions more
- 91% said they've made new friends and Hands & Voices and IMPs over the past year.
"It has helped me make more friends and be more confident." Claire, Hands & Voices member.
"When I am at school in my form I am not confident to work with people but when I come to IMPs I feel really confident. I don't get stressed or embarrassed to working with different people." Matilda, IMPs member