Drum therapy city sessions

Young wheelchair users in Sheffield learn how to play drums'
Young wheelchair users in Sheffield learn how to play drums'

Young wheelchair users from across South Yorkshire had a banging time learning to play dreams recently.

The drum therapy session took place in a youth club in Sheffield last month, run by the young disabled people’s charity Whizz-Kidz.

The club – made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery – allows disabled children and young people to get together to have fun, learn new skills, and further their development through a range of activities.

Members of the Whizz-Kidz club learnt how to play a variety of acoustic and electronic drums at the recent session with Peter Oak, drummer and percussionist from Time Out Drum Therapy.

One of the attendees, Penny, aged 15, said: “I had such a great time learning how to play the drums. I really liked all the different sounds they made and learning a skill I wouldn’t usually.

“Afterwards, my hands were so tired from all the drumming!”

Katie Bradshaw, service delivery manager at Whizz-Kidz, said: “The drum therapy session was absolutely brilliant.

“The young people who come to the club all love music so this was a fantastic way for them to engage with music creatively.

“It was great to see them playing along with pop songs and learning new skills.”

Whizz-Kidz has been supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery since 2013 and, to date, they have generously awarded over £1 million to support the charity’s work.

A minimum of 32 per cent of the PPL ticket price goes to charities across the UK, and players have so far raised over £350 million for for these good causes all over the country.