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Spoiled for choice

First suggested by A Million Hands partners
Get your mind whirring as you decide your A Million Hands theme. What will you take action on?

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
  • Sticky tape
  • 6 buckets or containers
  • A ping pong ball, bean bag or similar (1 per person)
  • 6 sheets of paper with one theme title written on each
Theme introductions
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Before you begin

  • Set up your buckets (or containers). Write the name of each theme on a piece of paper, and sticky tape them to the buckets so there’s a bucket for each theme.
  • Make sure you have enough ping pong balls (or beanbags, or scrunched up pieces of scrap paper) for everyone to have one each.
  • Head to and look at the six A Million Hands themes (and the fantastic partners supporting them).

Get to know the themes

  1. The person leading the activity should introduce the six A Million Hands themes and the partners supporting them. If they can, they should play the A Million Hands video from
  1. The person leading the activity should choose six people who want to read the information about a theme. They should read from the ‘A Million Hands themes information’ sheet. After each theme, everyone should pause to leave time for questions and comments.

Debate and choose

  1. Everyone should chat about which themes they’d most like to take action on. The person leading the activity could help by asking questions like ‘what’s important to us locally?’, or ‘have we done this before?’. This is a great chance to try something new.
  2. Everyone should take a ping pong ball and put it in the bucket labelled with the theme they’d most like to take action on.
  3. Once everyone’s had their say, the person leading the game should count how many balls are in each bucket. The bucket with the most balls is the winner – everyone will take action on this theme.
  1. Everyone should look forward to exploring the theme further and get ready to identify the need.


This activity was all about communicating. How did people find the information they needed to make an informed decision? They had information sheets – but could ask questions too. Did everyone agree which theme to go for straight away? How did people manage disagreements?

This activity was also about problem solving. Well done to everyone for choosing a theme! What did people think about when choosing a theme? They may have considered needs in their local area, what they felt passionate about, and what they’ve done before. Now they’ve made a decision, what’s the group most excited for? Are they nervous about anything? How did everyone work together to make everyone comfortable?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.