Keep Dancing! Over 55’s #activeHCA

Keep Dancing! Over 55’s #activeHCA

This spring we put on our dancing shoes and ran 8 weeks of Salsa with thanks to funding from Arts Society Westminster. Also at this time, we were lucky to have Mary Ward Centre host 6 weeks of line dancing.  

The classes took place at Millman Street and attendees were encouraged to come every week to get the full physical benefits from the classes. 

After completion Older Peoples Manager Andrew Rodgers and his team checked in with our dancers with a questionnaire to get their opinions on how they felt it went.     

With 19 questionnaires completed, we had some insightful answers!    

We asked… do participating in our Dance Workshops make a difference? 

 94.8% of our participants said a toe-tapping yes! 

 We asked… did attending the Dance Workshops improve their feeling of physical well-being? 

 100% reported yes! 

 Some shared with us how they physical well being has improved: 

  • “After going to the dance classes, I can walk for longer” 
  • “Dancing has made me more flexible” 
  • “After the dancing, all my joints are feeling good, I don’t feel stiff”

 Others told us how the classes has brought our community together: 

  • “I enjoy going to the classes as I get a chance of meeting people”
  • “attending the dancing workshops has made me feel more sociable and confident”  

What’s Next? 

We are excited to learn that an amazing 36% of our over 55’s surveyed wanted to learn Irish Dancing next – so keep your eyes peeled! 

We have lots of #activeHCA activities for the over 55s this Autumn – check out our activity calendar for details.

Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help