Hand Of is an arts education charity dedicated to enriching the education of disadvantaged children and young people. We work together with schools, heritage organisations, archival institutions and artists to create immersive projects that connect children with their local history.
Our projects embed learning in real places and spaces, bringing children to buildings or locations of historical significance, close to where they live. Through learning about the past we encourage children to think about their present and future too, and working alongside professional musicians, artists and theatre-makers, they create artistic responses to their experiences from the project. Sometimes this comes in the form of live performance and sometimes their work forms sound walks in their local area.
We believe every child should be given the chance to develop and grow into the smart young person that they can be – full of ideas, able and keen to rise to challenges. In doing so, we work together with schools to identify children who can benefit most from our work, which focusses on boosting confidence and self esteem, nurturing curiosity and inquisitiveness, and growing cultural and social capital.
Often we work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), children from disadvantaged backgrounds (Pupil Premium Grant, PPG), and children with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH).
We believe that learning is a chance to explore, discover and shape the world around us, and we are committed to empowering children who need support on their educational journeys.
Hand Of was founded in 2011 by Louise Snape and Rob Hughes, and is based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The charity runs projects throughout the country, with a focus on the North East.