The funding will enable DanceSyndrome to respond to the current situation by offering dance workshops in the Preston area. The aim is to ensure that participants of all ages and abilities can still access creative, physical activity in one form or another. There will be a combination of indoor, outdoor and online dance sessions on offer so that people can choose the session that they are most comfortable with. The sessions will be co-led by Dance Leaders with a learning disability to demonstrate the importance of providing inclusive opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be visible leaders, to have their voices heard on important issues, to follow their dreams and succeed in their ambitions.
The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) invests in grassroots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and legacy through projects that support Comic Relief’s themes: Children Survive & Thrive; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be; and Mental Health Matters.
Grants of up to £4,000 are available to strengthen local organisations to give with skills and advice to drive community projects forward, as well as providing the necessary funding and support that groups need to kick-start new initiatives.
DanceSyndrome MD Dawn Vickers said, “As a small local charity, DanceSyndrome has had to adapt quickly and creatively at every stage of the pandemic and funding like this has enabled us to do that. Many of our participants face barriers in all aspects of their life and at DanceSyndrome we pride ourselves on removing as many of those barriers as we can. We know many people have found it difficult to use the technology needed to dance online and may still not feel comfortable going back to indoor sessions because they are vulnerable. We need to make sure that nobody is excluded and everyone who wants to can still access physical dance activities in a format that works for them, to help them maintain good physical and mental health. We are thrilled that we are able to expand this vital work thanks to this funding!”
The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is administered by the national community charity, Groundwork.
Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, said “Comic Relief Community Fund (England) contributes funds to community projects being delivered by grassroots organisations and we’re delighted to support this project. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area.”
To find out more about the sessions that are available, please visit the Events page on our website.