Students say:

“Coastal Explorations was a life changing experience, as I have met multiple great musicians that have taught me lots not just about music and its complications, but about life in general.”

“I’m proud of getting out of my comfort zone”

“I never thought I would do sound editing and now I want to do Media Studies for GCSE.”

“The last two weeks have taught me resilience. I can do things I thought I couldn’t.”

“I’m proud of working with a real band to make amazing music”

“I learnt a lot from many different people and musicians throughout the 8 months of working together, such as reading sheet music, how to play together as a group/ensemble, and the project has also introduced me to a completely different genre of music.”

“I’ve learnt to be patient, to be prepared, and more about teamwork.”

“I’ve learnt that making new friends is good and is a new chapter in your life.”

“I went from a 3 to a 5 or 6 in English like magic.”

“I think about the whole experience on a regular basis, especially in English. I think about how easy I found analysing the questions in Digression Sessions and how English is essentially the same, just a different setting.”

“Before, I would only analyse on a surface level, but I managed to get deeper analysis because I enjoyed it and was interested in it.”

Teachers say:

“There is no doubt that we would do this again – it was socially and culturally enriching for both students and teachers.”

“The fact that students, teachers, and facilitators were described as colleagues gave students more confidence in their own ideas and ability.”

“The planning was meticulous, each day was different and exciting, the team ensured every child was included at all times.”

“Hand Of’s work is having a massive impact on our disadvantaged pupils – some of whom have worked with them across different projects in different years now. We’re seeing engagement in all areas of their school life improving hugely, their attendance is better, they’re achieving higher results in GCSE examinations. Hand Of is a key part of our school community.”

“Our children took part in something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Artists say:

“Hand Of feels very unique in the way it encourages creativity. The participants are encouraged to take ownership of their project and to follow their own creative ideas rather than following a set format. Its always a privilege to be involved!”
– Danielle Price, Musician and Composer

“I feel like Hand Of’s approach to teaching and learning is the most effective I’ve ever been part of. It feels like a meaningful and intensive residency for both artists and children.”
– Martin Thomson, Musician and Composer

“I love working with Hand Of. I value their ethos and approach. They care about every person involved and every detail. The professional intent and quality of the work has a direct impact on how participants engage.”
– Rachel Warr, Theatre Director

Conservators at Liverpool Record Office teach children about preserving historic artefacts

Partners say:

“Collaborating with Hand Of enables me to participate in far more sophisticated and diverse work with children, in which my contribution can focus on my scientific expertise. It fosters innovative methods of transferring knowledge and inspiration from the University to the community.”

– Chris Hales, former Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in Astrophysics, Newcastle University

”Every single idea is heard and nothing is ever thrown away. There are no boxes or limitations and I feel very fortunate to work with this charity regularly.”
– Hannah James-Louwerse, Oral Histories Researcher, National Trust

“Working with Hand Of continues to be an opportunity to reach a new audiences and is an exciting way to show children the roles that Parliament has played in shaping people’s lives.”
– David Prior, Head of Public Services and Outreach, Parliamentary Archives

“Hand Of’s approach to education, heritage and culture is everything we hope to achieve. It is immersive, engaging and comprehensive”
– Ross Forbes, Programme Director, Durham Miners Association