“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 Helping Hands!”
Frau Geißler, Paul Geißler GmbH
What Is Helping Hands?
Helping Hands is a truly unique team building opportunity for organisations to make a real difference in the world and, at the same time, build team morale, cohesion and purpose.
Designed for all sizes of teams – from 4 to 500 people. We travel to your team – all over Germany and Europe.
In three hours, your team will assemble real prosthetic hands for donation to people in need in developing countries.
This event is ‘real’ and connects your team and your company in many ways not possible by other team building activities. Your team will be proud of their achievements and that their company chose to make a difference this way.
Helping Hands is a hugely successful worldwide team building program – over 55.000 hands have been built by corporate teams from around the world. In Germany, Helping Hands is relatively new (September 2016) and we have already built over 1.500 Hands.
It is people like you – those that can see the HUGE benefits of this event for their teams and the recipients of the hands – that can make the difference.
What’s in it for Me / Us?
The knowledge that you, personally, have made a real positive difference in someone’s life. Prosthetic hands enable recipients to better function in everyday things that we take for granted.
Your team will feel good about themselves, their colleagues, your company and what they have 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.
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 than individuals working in isolation. The event is run NOT as a competition between smaller teams, but as a collaborative exercise.
The end-users (‘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.
Improved team morale – by being fully involved in such a good cause – results in people feeling good about themselves, their team and the company they work for.
We experience that 99.99% of participants are happy and willing to participate in this great cause.
How Does The Event Work?
The event normally happens indoors at tables and takes around three hours.
Our facilitator introduces this activity 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 stories and videos from real recipients that really brings home how much of a difference the hands will make to their lives. 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.
Where possible, there will be a photo taken of the recipient together with the carry case that your team decorated. When we see this posted online we will do our best to inform you.
The assembled hands are sent to ‘fitting days’ as organised by, for the most part, Rotary International and the LN-4 Foundation (www.ln-4.org ) where the hands are fitted to their new owners – TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE.