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Dance to Health has arrived in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea this month

Jan, 2018
Dance to Health sessions start in South Wales this month...
 
In partnership with National Dance Company Wales and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, Aesop is pleased to announce that Dance to Health sessions have started in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea in January.

Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop, an arts charity and social enterprise. It combines evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. Thanks to a £2.3 million expansion, the programme will run for two years involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional Health and Dance Partners. 

The expansion programme is being delivered in Wales thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, The Rank Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

ABMU Health Board, Aesop’s regional Health Partner in Wales, is supporting the roll out of the programme. Prue Thimbleby, Arts in Health Coordinator at ABMU Health Board says –
‘We are very excited to be working in partnership with National Dance Company Wales and Aesop to deliver this innovative programme for over 100 people in our communities. We will be monitoring the project closely to assess its effectiveness in reducing falls which create so much ill health for our older people.’

Karen Hamilton, Dance to Health’s Head of Programme at Aesop says –
‘We are delighted to be working with ABMU Health Board, who have embraced our aim for Dance to Health to be offered to as wide a range of communities as possible. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with National Dance Company Wales, who share our commitment to improving health and wellbeing through dance and who have a long history of inspiring experience working with older people. Together we look forward to how the dance sessions will be shaped by older people in the community to give the sessions a genuine local identity’.

Dance to Health in Wales is delivered by professional Dance Artists from National Dance Company Wales; Paul Kaynes, Chief Executive at National Dance Company Wales says -
‘As the national dance company we are passionate about the health and wellbeing benefits dance can bring to our communities. We are aware of some of the challenges older people face in isolated areas and we are excited to be collaborating with ABMU Health Board, Arts Care and Aesop to deliver the Dance to Health Falls Prevention programme in the heart of the communities of Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea and to improve mobility and social interaction for older people’.

If you are an older person who has had a fall or is worried about falling, Dance to Health is a FREE and fun falls prevention session.
No Dance experience necessary!

Why not pop along to one of the sessions at:

1/ Brighton Road Club, Gorseinon  
Sessions every Tuesday, 10.30am - 12.30pm from 9th January 2018
Sessions every Monday, 1pm - 3pm  from 5th February 2018
 
2/ Ystalyfera Development Trust
Sessions every Friday, 9.45am - 11.45am from 2nd February 2018
 
3/ The Institute, Pontarddulais Swansea
Sessions every Tuesday, 1.30pm - 3.30pm from 9th January 2018
 
4/ St Marys Centre, Neath Port Talbot
Sessions every Friday, 1.30pm - 3.30pm from 2nd February 2018

Sessions last 60 – 90 minutes, with 30 minutes for refreshments at the end.
To find out more about the programme or the sessions generally call Alyson Pugh, Dance to Health Coordinator South Wales on 01993 870155, email AlysonPugh@ae-sop.org or visit www.dancetohealth.org/South_Wales