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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 Primary schools in the community as well as in-school gumboot dance sessions 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’.
Sarah Fox Hospital
MusicWorks offers music therapy sessions to children and young people. The hospital is a 60-bed facility in Silvertown, Cape Town. It is the only children’s convalescent hospital in the Western Cape. It aims to provide professional care necessary to allow full recovery once the critical stage of the illness has been treated. The hospital also has one of the few paediatric palliative care sections in the Western Cape. MusicWorks runs music therapy group and individual sessions at the hospital.
Athlone is a Cape Flats suburb located to the east of Cape Town’s city centre, south of the N2 highway. There are many “sub-areas” within Athlone, including Manenberg, Gatesville, Belgravia Estate, Bridgetown, Crawford and Hazendal; and over 100 schools.
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 gumboot dance sessions at both the girls and boys schools which forms part of the school curriculum as well as afterschool marimba sessions as part of the Music for Life programme
Lavender Hill During 2017/2018 MusicWorks will be partnering with Prince George Primary school in Lavender Hill. MusicWorks will be running Gumboot Dance Workshops and marimba groups with Grade 4 and 6 learners and during and after school hours (Music for Life Programme). Music therapists will also be running music therapy groups with grade 5 learners referred by teachers and guardians. Within this specific project MusicWorks programmes (Music for Life and Music Therapy) will 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.
GARDENS, CAPE TOWN
The South African Children’s Home was the first welfare institution established in South Africa. More than 200 years later, the Children’s Home continues its care for children by providing a secure, friendly, homely environment for its family of 44 boys and girls. Their mission is to care for, nurture and develop children in need, in order for them to become balanced, well-adapted and independent adults. They provide a loving, happy and secure home for boys and girls of all ages, race groups and denominations. MusicWorks offers weekly individual and group music therapy sessions.
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.
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