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Circles



Sisanda skill circles


What is a Skill Circle


This programme sees a volunteer, who has a skill or passion or an idea to run a programme, providing ongoing and progressive skills training sessions to our beneficiaries.  The volunteers empower the children by running topical and relevant programmes from which the children can take away life skills or a new talent, passion or hobby.


How long does it run for?


The duration of each Circle is individually tailored to suit the needs and time availability of both volunteer and beneficiary within a realistic and achievable time frame. Our Skill circles in the past have varied from a 6 week duration to as long as 9 months.


Benefits


At the end of the programme the children not only take away an actual skill; these programmes have resulted in an increased confidence, self-esteem and awareness that benefits the children in their day to day lives. The rewards are not only felt by the children, the volunteer also takes something away. 


Past Circles


Current and past programmes have included Pilates , dancing, boot camps, improvisation /drama classes, anti-bullying sessions, teaching soft skills, art classes, singing, drumming to name a few.
If you have an idea for a Sisanda Skills Circle and would like to volunteer your time, please contact us.

Feedback


"Working with Sisanda FunDaytion was incredibly rewarding and a great deal of fun. Everyone was approachable and helpful for any concerns or queries I had. Having not worked with teenagers for a while, especially those that are less fortunate, I was nervous. Bearing that in mind Anja and the team suggested I work with the amazing kids from Lawrence House. I love improvisation and the joy it brings to people. The children quickly got on board with what I wanted from them and they grew in confidence with every session. They were respectful, inquisitive and were an absolute joy to work with. In the showcase the kids really shone and put on a great show. It was a proud moment to see them put into practice what they had learnt and more improtantly they had fun! It would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication from the team at Sisanda. During the 6 week course the representatives from Sisanda and Lawrence House were always on hand for advice and support. This made my job so much easier and I could just focus on the kids. I thank Sisanda for the experience and very much look forward to the next project." Jason Delplanque - Improv Circle
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Upcoming Circles



1 ON 1 with the Edubox!
Lourier Primary School

Lourier Primary

25 Apr 2016 to 20 Jun 2016

JUN
20
2016
to
APR
25
2016

It's easy to fall behind at school - especially if your life-circumstances are challenging. Frances Cronje and Amanda Loudon, two lovely, warm-hearted and truly inspiring teachers (now retired - well ... almost :-) have made it their mission to support 10 children of Lourier Primary School in their quest to catch-up with the others again.
Once a week each of the ten children will receive a 20-30 minute "1 on 1 session" during which the focus is


Butterfly Art Circle
Lourier Primary School

Lourier Primary

12 Apr 2016 to 21 Jun 2016

JUN
21
2016
to
APR
12
2016

Sisanda FunDaytion is teaming up with a volunteer from the "Butterfly Art Project" (see also: http://www.butterflyartproject.org/). In a nutshell: Butterfly Art is encouraging creativity and healing through Art. As part of their programme, they are [Quote] "training preschool teachers from the community on how to implement art into their preschool program. The participants [...] develop lesson plans for teaching art to [...] children. [...] Every


Public Speaking Circle
Lawrence House

Lawrence House

09 Apr 2016 to 11 Jun 2016

JUN
11
2016
to
APR
09
2016

Nathan Phillander, a 3rd Year Medicine (and 1st year Psychology) student at UCT has an interesting skill to share: Public Speaking! Nathan says that being able to communicate well with peers / family / colleagues and/or future employers is a very valuable tool to success and happiness.
Did you know that Public Speaking is the #1 fear amongst adults worldwide? It's time to tackle this issue - at least for a group of 9-10 teenagers from Lawrence


Circles Archive



Laduma Circle
Al Noor Orphanage Centre

Al Noor Orphanage Centre

19 Mar 2016 to 23 Apr 2016

APR
23
2016
to
MAR
19
2016

LADUMA is !Xhosa and translates into - GAMES.

Edward Tekwa is a Computer-Scientist with a passion for outdoor-games ... AND he likes volunteering f...


The Activity Leader Circle
Claremont Congregational Church and O'Brien's Recruitment

Community

09 Jan 2016 to 23 Jan 2016

JAN
23
2016
to
JAN
09
2016

Sisanda FunDaytion is all about recreational events at which inspiration, education, skills and above all 'love' is being shared! In order for these ...


Play it forward #4
Lourier Primary

Lourier Primary

20 Oct 2015 to 24 Nov 2015

NOV
24
2015
to
OCT
20
2015

For the first time in the Sisanda FunDaytion CIRCLE-History a volunteer has given her time for a full year! Julie "kicked off" her 4th round of "Play ...


Artists under construction
Al Noor Orphanage Centre

Al Noor Orphanage Centre

17 Oct 2015 to 12 Dec 2015

DEC
12
2015
to
OCT
17
2015

Thruworths is one of our most loyal funders. Not only do we receive generous monetary support from them, but their involved employees volunteer with u...


Corefit Pilates @ Ikhaya Lethemba #2
Ikhaya Lethemba, Imizamo Yethu

Ikaya Lethemba

16 Oct 2015 to 20 Nov 2015

NOV
20
2015
to
OCT
16
2015

Round two for Robyn Borowski's amazing Circle in Imizamo Yethu!

Our experienced volunteer Robyn and her crew of lovely friends and clients are cont...


Exercising Sistahood
202 Main Road, Seapoint

Sistahood, Imizamo Yethu

28 Aug 2015 to 27 Nov 2015

NOV
27
2015
to
AUG
28
2015

Sometimes the DOMINO-effect of random information is just delightful to witness!

At our very first Circle-meeting for Robyn Borowski's "Corefit Pil...


Play it forward #3
Lourier Primary School


18 Aug 2015 to 28 Sep 2015

SEP
28
2015
to
AUG
18
2015

Round 3 for Julie Frankenfeld's loved "Play it forward" Circle

A new group of 10 Grade 4 learners of Lourier Primary School will have the opportun...


Corefit Pilates @ Ikhaya le Themba
Imizamo Yethu

Imizamo Yethu

03 Jul 2015 to 25 Sep 2015

SEP
25
2015
to
JUL
03
2015

Our lovely volunteer Robyn Borowski is back - and with her comes the opportunity for up to 100 children from Ikhaya le Themba to get fit inside and ou...


Another One Song Circle - Ingoma Enye Esangqeni
Khayisa Church, Thambo Village

Izandla Zethemba & Khanyisa Youth

18 Jun 2015 to 13 Aug 2015

AUG
13
2015
to
JUN
18
2015

Last year our "One Song Circle" prepared a fundraising song which was showcased at the Kidd House Variety Concert at Bishops Diocesan College. We love...


I am cre8ive
Koeberg Primary

Koeberg Primary

28 Apr 2015 to 02 Jun 2015

JUN
02
2015
to
APR
28
2015

A little while ago we were told that non-privileged schools (have to) drop the subject "Art" before any other. Again on another occasion we heard that...


Play it forward # 2
Lourier Primary School

Lourier Primary School

21 Apr 2015 to 09 Jun 2015

JUN
09
2015
to
APR
21
2015

What a happy and incredible ROUND 2 of Julie's successful "Play it forward Circle!

The ten new and excited Grade 4 children from Lourier Primary h...


Play it forward!
Lourier Primary School, Cafda Village

Lourier Primary School

24 Feb 2015 to 24 Mar 2015

MAR
24
2015
to
FEB
24
2015

We are delighted to announce the beginning of a new Sisanda Circle and welcome Julie Frankenfeld to the Sisanda Family!

For the next 6 weeks, Julie...


InstaTrain Beach Bootcamp Circle
Camps Bay Beach

Salesian Institute

07 Aug 2014 to 02 Oct 2014

OCT
02
2014
to
AUG
07
2014

Cape Town is beautiful - and our new Circle volunteer Lee Thompson has chosen one of the most breath-taking sites as the venue for this new Sisanda Ci...


Corefit Pilates Circle #4
Corefit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Seapoint

Salesian Institute

04 Aug 2014 to 29 Sep 2014

SEP
29
2014
to
AUG
04
2014

Round 4 for Robyn and a new group of fitness-loving Salesian Girls!

From 4th August until 29th September, Robyn will meet this eager group once a w...


The One Song Circle
Khanyisa Church

Izandla Zethemba

14 Jul 2014 to 28 Aug 2014

AUG
28
2014
to
JUL
14
2014

Nonkululeko “Nkulee” Gwele's connection to Sisanda FunDaytion has gone the full circle!
From being a 17-year-old teenager taking part in and benefit...


Improv! Circle
Lawrence House, 25 Regent Street, Woodstock

Lawrence House (Scalabrini Group)

16 May 2014 to 20 Jun 2014

JUN
20
2014
to
MAY
16
2014

"What a hoot the Improv! Circle is promising to be" is how we described our expectations before this Circle started. Now we would like to add 3 more ...


Corefit Pilates Circle #3
Corefit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Seapoint

Salesian Institute

14 Apr 2014 to 23 Jun 2014

JUN
23
2014
to
APR
14
2014

Robyn Borowski's COREFIT PILATES CIRCLE continued into a successful round #3 - and what an amazing experience this has been!

The 10 girls from the ...


Drumming Circle
Salesian Institute

Salesian Institute

04 Mar 2014 to 26 May 2014

MAY
26
2014
to
MAR
04
2014

Mix 7 motivated pupils of the "School of Skills" from the Salesian Institute with a dedicated drummer from New York and you will get a stunning recipe...


Corefit Pilates Circle #2
Corefit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road Seapoint

Salesian Institute

10 Feb 2014 to 24 Mar 2014

MAR
24
2014
to
FEB
10
2014

Sisanda's Year of Circles has - indisputably - started on a strong leg! Robyn Borowski has entered her second round of the popular "Corefit Pilates C...


Corefit Pilates Circle - Session 4
Core Fit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Sea Point

Salesian Institute

20 Nov 2013 to 21 Nov 2013

NOV
21
2013
to
NOV
20
2013

We wish Robyn and her lovely group of Salesian Girls a fantastic and successful 4th and last session of the Corefit Pilates Circle this Wednesday, 20....


Corefit Pilates Circle
Core Fit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Sea Point

Salesian Institute

10:00 - 11:00

OCT
30
2013

The 2013 taster of Robyn Borowsky's "Corefit Pilates Circle" started on Wednesday, 30th October 2013.

Over the next four weeks Robyn will give 6 te...


Are you ready? Circle #3
Practical School of Philosophy

Amy Biehl Foundation

11:00 - 13:00

AUG
03
2013

Suzanne is back for an extended version of "Are you ready"? More learning, more laughing, more communication ..
For more information on this valuabl...


Dance with Human Rights
Khanyisa Church and Claremont Congregational Church

Izandla Zethemba

13:50 - 16:50

JUL
04
2013

How better to end the first year of your new program "Sisanda Circles" than with the volunteer who started the program off in 2012!
We welcomed Zaki...


Do the right thing! Circle
Leliebloem House

Leliebloem House

12:45 - 15:45

JUN
05
2013

Wendy and Hannah McGregor are a Canadian mother&daughter Team who spent two weeks of their holiday volunteering in Cape Town. Wendy is an expert on “B...


Are you ready? Circle #2
Practical School of Philosophy

Emasithandane Home AND Leliebloem Home

12:30 - 15:30

MAY
18
2013

Since "Are you ready #1" was a real success and fulfilled an important need amongst the Youth, Suzanne von Klemperer decided to repeat her Circle - th...


Presentation Circle
Practical School of Philosophy

Lawrence House

12:15 - 15:15

MAY
04
2013

Having noticed a need for presentation skills during the "Are you ready" Circle, Suzanne decided to offer a short, but intensive Circle focusing on th...


Are you ready? Circle #1
Practical School of Philosophy

Lawrence House and St Georges Home for Girls

12:00 - 15:00

MAR
09
2013

Suzanne von Klemperer is a very involved volunteer “in her best years” as many would refer to those who left the working world behind them to enjoy li...


Ukufunda Circle
Ncedolwethu Educare Center

Mfuleni Community

11:50 - 14:50

FEB
27
2013

Ukufunda - "reading" in Xhosa - is the entrance into a world of exciting stories and interesting, valuable information. Once a week our lovely volunte...


Hiking with Lauren
Hiking trails all over Cape Town

St Georges Home for Girls

11:35 - 14:35

NOV
25
2012

Lauren Kaminskas has come from America and fell in love with our country. A few years back she successfully opened her own Hiking business “Mother Cit...


Rockstar Artwork Circle
Nazareth House

Nazareth House

11:15 - 14:15

NOV
07
2012

Lisa Othmer is our second Intern from overseas to start her own project through the Sisanda Circles. Inbetween finishing her matric and starting to st...


Zwelitsha Circle
Vrygrond Library

Vrygrond Community

11:35 - 14:35

OCT
03
2012

Zunaid Moola, an internationally educated South African with great experience of teaching others about the tapestry of our colourful country, was the ...


Dance with Zakiya
22 Dorothy Zihlangu St, Tambo Village

Izandla Zethemba

10:45 - 13:45

JUL
04
2012

Kickstarting our new Sisanda Circle programme, Zakiya Atkinson set the perfect precedent. Being a professional Dancer from America, she taught 20 Yout...