Children caught in violence and war are traumatised. Their education is interrupted or non-existent, and they don't have the resources to participate in creative activities that are vital to healthy emotional and intellectual growth. Play for Progress (PFP) is a non-profit organisation that delivers therapeutic and educational music programmes for children who are victims of conflict and war. We build community projects that encourage the development of keen interests, confidence, and life skills. IN THE UK
We are big believers in making a difference at home as or before you extend your services to make a difference abroad. As such, we are dedicated to providing our services to vulnerable young people in the UK. Since 2014 we have delivered a range of programmes and services throughout the UK including:
- Running the 'Make Some Noise' programme for the unaccompanied minor asylum seekers who are involved with the Refugee Council UK's Children's Section in Croydon
- Musicianship classes for those with severe educational and developmental needs
- Providing instrument rentals free of charge to vulnerable young people
- Providing one-on-one instrumental tuition free of charge to vulnerable young people
- Organising performance opportunities for participants
- Fun and educational workshops on a variety of music and arts-related topics
- Organising outings to concerts and cultural events
As politics and bureaucracy delay, NGOs and humanitarian organisations must work together across national border to create the safety net of global cooperation and aid that the millions of refugees and displaced people so desperately need. We must always be searching for collaborative and creative solutions to big scale problems.
That is why, over the past two years, we have travelled to refugee camps in Greece, France, and further afield in Thailand, providing aid in partnership with other NGOs, as well as delivering our services. Since 2014 we have:
- Organised volunteering trips to areas of recent conflict
- Dispersed information about how to volunteer in Greece and France
- Connecte volunteers with projects in need of assistance
- Raised funds and delivered supplies in partnership with other NGOs
- Delivered music programmes, children's entertainment, and musical 'relief' events and activities within refugee camps
ABOUT OUR 'MAKE SOME NOISE' PROGRAMME
Hundreds of unaccompanied minor refugees have made it to the UK against all odds, and are in the long and arduous process of trying to gain asylum status here in England. During this time, many of these young people are placed in foster care and some face delays in enrolling in education, or have limited access to recreational activities.
We want to be there for them, to offer ways to connect with the diverse and often overwhelming city that is London, and to explore and develop their own creative potential. We have partnered with Orchestras for All, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Refugee Council and will provide instruments for every student, one-on-one instrumental tuition, weekly workshops on creative topics, ensemble classes, enrollment in the National Orchestra for All programme, monthly outings to concerts and cultural events, and an end of year showcase at which they can display their acquired skills for friends and family.
WHERE DO YOUR DONATIONS GO?
Your donations are carefully allocated to support our current campaigns and calls for resources, and to ensuring that our Make Some Noise programme has the learning materials, tutors, and resources it needs to provide a life-improving experience for participants.
We are a registered charity, so your funds are safe with us!
For more information, visit our website.