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.
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.
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.
"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
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
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