As part of my job at Lakeside, I was recently given the opportunity to spend a couple of days at a local school working as a volunteer on an arts project. Coordinated by a charity called Create, the project brought two schools together to create some music.
I’m not particularly musical so I had to draw on my communication skills to support and encourage the children, many of whom have disabilities. The music was a fantastic way of getting diverse groups to work together and the more typical methods of communication (speaking, writing…) were almost redundant once the groups got going.
Projects like this which encourage able kids to work alongside disabled kids and learn from each other are really inspiring. The final performance is taking place in the shopping centre on Thursday (during which I’ll actually be playing a couple of instruments) and I can’t wait!
If you ever have the chance to take part in a project like this one, do it! You’ll learn a lot more than you’d expect and may even develop some valuable new communication skills along the way.