“One of the best team building events we have experienced in our many years of professional experience – both for team management and team members.”
Gaby Wenneker, SAP
“Our whole team has been deeply moved to really have made a difference with The Hand Project!”
Frau Geißler, Paul Geißler GmbH
What Is The Hand Project?
The Hand Project involves YOU in assembling REAL functional prosthetic hands for people in developing countries.
The Hand Project is a truly unique CSR team building opportunity for organisations and individuals to make a real difference in the world and, at the same time, build team morale, cohesion and purpose.
You can get involved in The Hand Project in 4 different ways;
The Hand Project provides mechanical prosthetic hands to people in developing countries completely free of charge. In various forms, The Hand Project has been going for over 10 years.
The hand that is provided, and that your teams will assemble, is 100% made in Germany. The carry bags that the hands are delivered in, and your teams will personalise, are made by disabled workshops in Germany.
The hands are made from over 50 pieces of high-grade plastic and metal. Working together as a team, anyone can assemble a hand.
The hands are 100% mechanical and are operated by the user using their remaining hand or, in the case of bi-lateral amputees, the residual limb or any other suitable object.
With it, the recipient can write, eat, ride a motorbike, and many many things that we take for granted. It makes the quality of their lives much better.
In the countries we distribute our hands (at the moment the focus is on Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and India) a hand amputee can simply not get a prosthetic hand.
The hand prostheses provided through this project only come into existence via team events or home build kits. The events are our ‘assembly line’ and also the project’s funding model.
The price we charge for each hand covers the actual parts of the hand, quality checking , distribution and follow-up (which also can provide employment in the countries they are being distributed in). There’s also a percentage for development of new prosthesis solutions and further product development.
What’s in it for Me / Us?
The knowledge that you have made a real positive difference in someone’s life. Functional prosthetic hands enable recipients to better do the everyday things that we take for granted.
Your team will feel good about themselves, their colleagues, their company and what they have all accomplished together. This is not just a short-term feeling – this event will be remembered for months and years to come.
A raised awareness of what it is like to live with a disability and, thus, empathy with people less fortunate than us. When linked to ‘purpose’ the event may also raise awareness of each person’s purpose within your company and the company’s purpose overall.
What’s in it for your Organisation
This team building event helps emphasise that, by really collaborating behind a common goal, a team can achieve better results. The event is run NOT as a competition between smaller teams, but as a collaborative exercise for the entire team.
The recipients (‘customers’) of the hands your team will be building have very specific needs and quality concerns. Your team needs to keep these at the forefront when building and testing the Hands. Parallels could be made from the activity directly to your own business and your own customers’ needs.
MOTIVATION & CSR
Improved team morale – by being fully involved in such an amazingly positive CSR cause, people feel good about themselves, their team and the company they work for.
We experience that 99.99% of participants finish the event feeling like they’ve made a real difference in the world.
The Hand Project – Facilitated Team Event
In three hours, your team will assemble real prosthetic hands for donation to people in need in developing countries.
Designed for all sizes of teams – from 4 to 500 people. We travel to your team – all over Germany, Europe and the world.
Covid 19 Precautions – until we return to some degree of normality, The Hand Project can be run using precautions against the spread of the virus;
– face masks will be worn / provided for all participants
– hand sanitiser and gloves will be available
– each team size will be limited to 3 people – each having separate roles to reduce contact
– we will only run the event in larger, well ventilated venues
This event is absolutely ‘real’ and connects your team in a powerful way through a common purpose. Your team will be proud of their achievements and that their company chose to make a difference this way.
How Does a Facilitated Event Work?
The event normally happens indoors at tables and takes around three hours.
Our experienced facilitator will introduce the event through the use of a powerful PowerPoint / video presentation.
In groups of 3 to 4 people, your teams then go about building the prosthetic hands. There are detailed instructions provided, as well as a ‘Help Desk’, so all groups are set-up for success.
As an added challenge, normally, each person has one hand ‘covered’ during the build process. This helps to build empathy and connection with the recipient of ‘their’ Hand, and also promotes teamwork.
Each assembled Hand is then put into a carry case which has been uniquely decorated by each team. Each team will then have a photo taken with this carry case. This photo is then packed together with the hand so that the recipients can see a picture of the people that made their hand for them.
At the end of the event we share REAL stories and videos from actual recipients that really brings home how much of a difference the hands will make. It is a fantastic way to complete the activity as it ensures that all participants are left energised and with a renewed sense of purpose.
For teams of up to 20 people we offer a ‘Self-Facilitated Event’ option where we send you everything you need to run the event yourself. As well as the hand kit sets, tools and manuals, you’ll receive a PowerPoint Video Presentation together with notes on how to run the event. At the end, you simply send the finished hands back to us. (NB. With this option there is also an organisational fee added to the cost of the Hands).
The Hand Project – Online Live
We are now offering The Hand Project as an online event.
The event can be run with most online video conferencing software platforms.
Each member of your team will receive a ‘Hand Project’ kit a few days before your online event. The team members login to the online meeting.
Chris Gulley, CEO of Team Benefit / The Hand Project, will provide a live online briefing with powerful videos and images to help the team understand the importance of what they will do.
Following the online instructions, each team member will assemble their “own” prosthetic hand together. Team members can ask colleagues or, if necessary, the moderator for help. Once the hands are put together, Chris will finish with some true stories from recipients and what a difference the hands make to people in need.
After the online event, team members can decorate the carry bag in which the hand is delivered. They can involve their family and friends in this part of the process so they can share the impact they have.
The team members then use the return slip to return their finished hand.
Home Hand Assembly Kit – €185,00 plus VAT
Now you have the chance to assemble a functional prosthetic hand at home with your friends or family. A chance for you to make a visible lasting difference in the world. What an amazing idea for a unique and lasting gift.
You will be sent everything you need to assemble a hand PLUS links to a video presentation about The Hand Project to give you background and extra motivation.
Once completed, just send the finished hand back using the return slip.
The assembled hands are shipped to partners in developing countries where the hands are fitted to their new owners – TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE.
Where possible, there will be a photo taken of the recipient together with the carry case that your team decorated. We do what we can to make this happen but, sometimes, it is not possible.
Simply get in touch with us for an obligation free quote or to discuss your event. Either use the Contact Form button below, or call Chris on 0152 534 545 90.