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Dance to Health sessions start in Oxfordshire from 4th December

Nov, 2017
In partnership with South East Dance and NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Aesop is delighted to announce that Dance to Health sessions will start in Oxfordshire next month. 
Dance to Health sessions start in Oxfordshire from 4th December…

In partnership with South East Dance and NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Aesop is delighted to announce that Dance to Health sessions will start in Oxfordshire next month.

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 from November 2017 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 thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, Rank Foundation, and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Aesop’s regional Health Partner, is also financially supporting the roll out of the programme. Diane Hedges, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group says –
‘OCCG are excited to pilot this evidence based opportunity for our residents which we hope will lead to successful recovery and health improvement, whilst also giving our older people the chance to have great fun and grow in confidence’.
 
Karen Hamilton, Dance to Health’s Head of Programme at Aesop says –
‘We are particularly excited to be developing our work in Oxfordshire, following our successful pilot programmes here in 2016.  Older people then told us they wanted more Dance to Health sessions and we are delighted to be bringing additional programmes to the county. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our relationship with South East Dance, reaching a larger number of people through our collaboration with Oxfordshire CCG. 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 Oxfordshire is delivered by professional Dance Artists from South East Dance; Rose Kigwana, Producer – Community and Participation at South East Dance says –
‘In 2015 and 2016 South East Dance delivered a pilot programme in Oxfordshire, which created 989 opportunities for older people to experience the health and well-being benefits of dance and achieved 73% participant completion rate. We are delighted to be working with Aesop again and with new health partners including Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal British Legion. We have a great team of experienced and professional dance artists and assistants on board who have been trained to deliver the falls prevention programme. We look forward to welcoming volunteers and participants to the classes’.

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 the taster sessions on:
Bullingdon Community Centre, Oxford City Monday 4th December, 11am
Wood Green Leisure Centre, Banbury Friday 15th December, 10am
Whitelands Farm Leisure Centre, Bicester Tuesday 19th December, 1pm


Sessions last 60 – 90 minutes, with 30 minutes for refreshments at the end.

Weekly sessions start from January 2018.

To find out more about the programme and how to sign up for the taster session or the sessions generally call Hannah Gray, Dance to Health Coordinator Oxfordshire on 01993 870 158, email HannahGray@ae-sop.org or visit www.dancetohealth.org/Oxfordshire