Why Support DanceSyndrome?

Have you ever felt excluded, unable to make decisions that affect your own life, been unable to take part in activities that everyone else seems to engage in effortlessly? Have you been frustrated that no one is listening to you? Have you given up, lost confidence in yourself and in society to be able to live your life the way you want to, indeed are entitled to? If you’ve ever felt like this, imagine the life of a person with learning disabilities, who faces barriers in doing everyday things we all take for granted.

Jen Blackwell started DanceSyndrome in 2009 to address these inequalities, empowering people with learning disabilities to follow their dreams and to provide access to better opportunities in the world of dance.

DanceSyndrome is unique in the way everything we do is co-produced and co-led by people with learning disabilities; we empower everyone we work with to be more visible, active citizens who make their voices heard. No other organisation is working in this inclusive way and we have won many awards and accolades to recognise this.

DanceSyndrome is a small developing charity. Major funding has helped us to achieve so much in such a short time, but it has now ended and we are reliant on donations to meet demand for our services.

Without your support we will be unable to continue to offer these vital opportunities for inclusion.

You can read our Case for Support to find out more details about why our work is so vital.

This video also offers some great insight!


Can You Help Us?

Can you bake, run, walk, dance, swim or shave your head?

Then you can help DanceSyndrome raise money in our annual fundraising appeal!

All our dance activity is led and informed by people with learning disabilities. DanceSyndrome activities give people confidence, respect, value and self-belief through our philosophy of ‘anything is possible even though you have a learning disability’.

If you would like to help us to reach our fundraising target but aren’t sure where to start, then our fundraising pack can help! It has lots of ideas of ways to raise money and includes information on how to promote your fundraising event, including poster templates and a printable sponsorship form.

Download a fundraising pack

Download a sponsorship form

If your business would like to support us, please contact us to find out how we can work together to benefit your organisation.


How to fundraise

You can donate or fundraise using the following methods:

In Person – hand your donations to a member of the DanceSyndrome team at any event.

By Post – You can send a cheque made payable to DanceSyndrome to:
DanceSyndrome, C/O Pathways Associates,
Suite 2, Waterside, St James Court West, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1NA

Just Giving – you can make a donation or fundraise for DanceSyndrome at:

Facebook – you can make a donation or set up a fundraiser via Facebook –

Text message donation – to donate text DANCE to one of the following numbers:

£1 – text DANCE to 70201
£3 – text DANCE to 70331
£5 – text DANCE to 70970
£10 – text DANCE to 70191
£20 – text DANCE20 to 70191

Paypal – you can make a donation via Paypal.

Online – donate directly using the form below:


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