Hands and Voices - Outreach Workshops

Each of our trainee-led workshops is co-led by adults who take part in our Hands and Voices choir. They work alongside a professional music leader and an accessible communication specialist to plan, deliver and evaluate the sessions.

Our Hands and Voices trainees co-lead workshops in:

  • Singing and signing
  • Communication

Workshops have been designed to be suitable for a range of settings and participant groups, including:

  • Schools (Primary, Secondary and SEND)
  • Pre-school settings
  • Youth clubs and other youth groups (e.g Scouts, Brownies)
  • Music Leaders and Education Professionals (the Hands and Voices apprentices have led workshops at conferences and seminars and for organisations including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)
  • Businesses and Statutory providers (our trainees have delivered workshops at corporate conferences and team-building days)
  • Day Centres, Resource Centres and other disabled groups
  • Health and Social care professionals

Workshops are tailored to suit the group we’re working with. They can focus on any age and a range of abilities and can be adapted to suit individual needs. We can also link into the curriculum for our workshops in schools.

More information on our trainee-led workshops

For workshop participants, a trainee-led workshop offers the chance to learn new skills whilst seeing positive disabled role models in action. They’re a great way to promote inclusion and can be a fantastic team building exercise – our trainees are very skilled at making everyone feel comfortable and confident. And everyone has great fun too!

For our trainees, planning and delivering workshops give them the chance to:

  • Develop skills in communication, leadership, team working and critical thinking
  • Share their skills and their passion for music with other people
  • Gain understanding and experience of what it means to be professional
  • Grow more confident
  • Feel motivated and positive about engaging in training and learning
  • Make a valued contribution to their local community, leading to improved self-esteem

Thanks to the generous support of our project funders, we're able to offer some free or subsidised trainee-led workshops to schools and other organisations in and around York.

If you're interested in booking one of our workshops, please email us at info@aamedia.org.uk or call us on 01904 626965.