DanceSyndrome is pleased to announce that we have been given funding from Natwest’s Skills and Opportunities Fund to enable us to deliver our flagship dance leadership training course in Preston.


NatWest has provided DanceSyndrome with a grant of £5,780 to cover the core costs of running our Dance By Example training course, which will take place at Plungington Community Centre in Preston on Tuesday afternoons, starting in October.


Dance by Example is DanceSyndrome’s unique training course which enables people with and without learning disabilities to gain the skills and confidence needed to co-deliver dance workshops and take the role of Dance Leader. Over 20 weeks learners will explore the skills needed to co-deliver community dance workshops including leadership, communication, delivering dance activities, health and safety and working with participants with varying needs.  At the end of the course, participants will receive a Level 1 qualification.


DanceSyndrome Managing Director Dawn Vickers said “Dance By Example is a totally unique training course that DanceSyndrome have been running since 2014. It has been really successful and we have trained some really talented dancers who could not find suitable training anywhere else. It has been truly life changing for the participants, especially when they were chosen as winners of the Sporting Chance Award at The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards in July.


“We are thrilled that NatWest have chosen to support us through this grant because it means that we can continue to enable people to follow their dreams and pursue a career in dance, providing opportunities that would not be available otherwise.”


NatWest is committed to supporting communities in a variety ways beyond traditional banking. The bank’s Skills and Opportunities Fund will distribute grants totalling £2.5 million this year. Grants of up to £35,000 will be awarded to local charities, not-for-profit organisations and state-funded education bodies across the UK and Ireland that support people in disadvantaged communities to learn new skills, get into the world of work or set up their own business.


Heather Waters, Regional Enterprise Manager at NatWest, said: “Dance Syndrome is a delivering a unique and inspiring programme of dance and fitness activities. It’s great to see how the charity is positively impacting the East Lancashire community and empowering users to be their best. We are delighted to support Dance Syndrome with this grant (through the Skills and Opportunities Fund) and look forward to working with the charity in the future.”


Please click here if you would like more information about Dance By Example, which starts on Tuesday 4th October 2016.

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