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Heideveld Primary School is situated within the community of Heideveld on the Cape Flats which is characterised by the strong presence of gang activity, high levels of violence, sexual and physical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, disintegration of families, large numbers of school drop outs, teenage pregnancy and single mothers and unemployment. MusicWorks has a permanent facility at Heideveld Primary School where we run after-school marimba groups for children from all the Heideveld Primary schools in the community as well as in-school African Dance Workshops with Grade 4 and 5 learners
The community of Heideveld struggles with the effects of poverty, gangsterism, alcoholism and drug abuse.
The Cape Flats (Afrikaans: Die Kaapse Vlakte) is an expansive, low-lying, flat area situated to the southeast of Cape Town’s CBD. To many Capetonians, the area is known simply as ‘The Flats’.
ZONNEBLOEM PRIMARY SCHOOL, WALMER ESTATE
Zonnebloem Primary School in Walmer Estate above Cape Town’s City Bowl dates back to 1858 when the school was established on the mountain slopes above Cape Town. Zonnebloem is situated in what was originally District Six, a vibrant community that was decimated by the apartheid government during the dark period of forced removals in which families were separated and communities fragmented.
The culture of the schools (girls and boys) however has remained and is driven to create a nurturing environment where life-long learning is encouraged. The schools share an ethos of excellence and prides itself on delivering high standards of academic excellence with sport and extra-curricular activities such as music and art. MusicWorks offers in-school African Dance Workshops at both the girls and boys schools which forms part of the school curriculum as well as after-school marimba sessions as part of the Music for Life programme
Lavender Hill MusicWorks partners with Prince George Primary school in Lavender Hill. We run African Dance Workshops and marimba groups with Grade 4 and 6 learners and during and after school hours (Music for Life Programme). Music therapists also run music therapy groups with grade 5 learners referred by teachers and guardians. Within this specific project MusicWorks’ programmes (Music for Life and Music Therapy) collaborate in a longer-term process of three years where children continue from the Music Therapy programme to the Music for Life programme. This provides the opportunity of creating longer-term support for the children in the programme which could contribute to the impact and effectiveness of the work that we do.
Friends Day Centre is a Non-Profit-Organisation based in Maitland, a short distance from Cape Town’s city centre. From small beginnings, Friends Day Centre has grown into a school and care facility for up to 120 learners with severe and profound disabilities. Those receiving treatment range between the ages of two and 41. The facilities have expanded over the years to 12 classrooms, a physiotherapy room, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a sensory room. More than 40 staff members attend to the needs of the learners and 3 buses provide transport for learners. MusicWorks provides weekly music therapy sessions for individuals and groups of young people referred by the centre.
WOODSTOCK, CAPE TOWN
St Anne’s Home is a non-government organisation situated in Woodstock close to Cape Town’s city centre. St Anne’s Shelter is a short-term shelter for pregnant mums-to-be or mothers with young children escaping domestic violence and homelessness. MusicWorks provides music therapy to children accommodated with their mothers at the centre.
Sites where we have previously conducted programmes:
- Fikelela Children’s Centre, Khayelitsha
- Home from Home, Khayelitsha
- Sibongile House Day & Night Care Centres, Khayelitsha
- Woodlands Primary School, Heideveld
- Nomzamo Place of Safety, Langa
- Brooklyn Chest Tuberculoses Hospital, Milnerton
- Badisa, Wynberg
- Western Cape Rehab Centre, for persons with physical disabilities, Mitchell’s Plain
- Tenterden Place of Safety, Wynberg
- Etafeni Day Centre, Nyanga
- Thembacare, Athlone
- Leliebloem Youth Care Centre, Crawford
- Linawo House, Pinelands
- Nazareth House, Vredehoek
- City Mission Educational Services, Athlone
- South African Children’s Home, Cape Town
- Sarah Fox Children’s Convalescent Hospital (closed down)