All fundraising figures are approximate and include an element of matching funding raised by the charities involved as a result of the concerts we have put on.
ROMANIA - £2,000 to date
IMPART: Relief Fund for Romania's Art and Music Therapy Project - LINK
Many thousands of children and adults in Romania have suffered severe physical and emotional damage because of years of being shut away in an orphanage or "hospital" - ie. an institution. They may have no access to freedom of expression, education, play or the right to participate in cultural life. The good news is that the deprivation of their lost early years can be addressed. Creative arts programmes offer a working model for addressing these problems.
They can act as a catalyst for changing attitudes to the human rights of the patients. They also provide a transitional tool while specialist training and a national strategy are being set up - as this will take years to implement.
Carers at present have little training in special needs issues or therapeutic programmes This lack of training, precedent, role models or support often makes difficult work seem a brutalizing and thankless task. There is an urgent need to introduce methods that value the individual, set out to explore their best potential and respect their rights as human beings with something to contribute to their community. The crucial thing it does is to bring essential stimulation to children and adults who are barely exist in lifeless institutions. The reason you see these poor people rocking backwards and forwards is because their brains are seeking stimulation. Rocking is the default way the brain does this. If people don't get any stimulation /activity , particularly children, they will literally waste away and die.
Many of these institutions are in rural backwaters where the staff are poorly educated and badly paid. Sadly, in these places, there is often an underlying cultural belief that a child born with a disability somehow deserves it. Let's call it the "sacked England football Manager's school of deep thinking". They were born bad because they were bad in another life. It's God's way of punishing them. Stands to reason. Tadaaa. (You may recall that Glenn Hoddle resigned as the manager of the England football team for expressing similar views).
OK, people are entitled to their opinion. But the bad thing about this dubious idea is that it has a very direct effect for the worse on the poor children and adults who end up in the institutions - particularly in the countries we know of in the Balkans andformer Soviet Union.

The carers will give them the basics eg food and water, but there is very little love exchanged, very little care and very little concern. Our Impart team helps to change things, not just in theory, but in a practical day-to-day way that has a direct positive effect on the lives of the suffering. The patients take part in happy dances, music and art and sensory training sessions. The carers are trained to help give these. Seeing the changes they make to the patients often has a positive effect on the carers who start to see them as human beings.

Adhoc Hums funds were directed straight to vital training for carers on the Art and Therapy music project.