DanceSyndrome Dance Leader Becky Rich is thrilled to have been shortlisted for an award at Lancashire County Council’s Pride Awards 2016.


Becky was nominated for Volunteer of the Year Award by Garry Dawson, a Manager at Gerrard Street Day Centre, Preston where she runs her own dance class every Friday. The award celebrates volunteers who have made a marked difference to the life of an individual or community and consistently deliver outstanding service.


Speaking about Becky, Garry said “She is an exuberant and vibrant volunteer delivering sessions that continuously grow and develop…. She has provided people with disabilities the opportunity to learn and develop skills, confidence and enjoy meaningful activity and has been a role model to the group…. Ultimately, each person involved is always excited to see Becky and fully participate and engage in something of great worth and positivity.”


Becky, who is 25, became involved with DanceSyndrome in 2014. When Becky first started attending DanceSyndrome sessions she was a bit nervous, which is quite normal when starting something new, but since taking part in our workshops and the ‘Dance by Example’ leadership training course her confidence has grown enormously. This increase in confidence, combined with her improved dancing and leadership skills, enabled her to independently take on the role of Dance Leader at Gerrard Street Day Centre, separate from DanceSyndrome. This in itself is a huge achievement for one of our dancers, so we are thrilled that it has earned Becky an award nomination!


There were an estimated 100 nominations for just 6 awards and Becky is thrilled to be shortlisted as one of the finalists in her category. She said “I still can’t believe it! I am really emotional with pride right now! I am proud of myself!


The ceremony will take place on Lancashire Day, Thursday 24th November at The Harris Museum in Preston.


We wish Becky lots of luck, but as far as we are concerned she is already a winner in our eyes! Well done Becky!


You can read more about Becky in her case study on our website.

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