Free Health and Wellbeing Projects

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Dance for Parkinson's by Scott MurrayThe Hub is delighted to announce that thanks to funding from Active Lincolnshire and Sport England, we will be launching three new health and wellbeing programmes over the coming months that will be free to people living across Lincolnshire.

From mid-June, the Hub Dance team are extending a video programme of Dance for Parkinson’s classes that has already enjoyed huge success since the pandemic forced in-person classes to cease last March.

The new 6-video series will allow people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers the opportunity to take part in sessions that have been demonstrated to help improve posture, strength, coordination and balance.

Despite restrictions now beginning to ease and some in-person classes taking place again, there are still benefits to running remote classes like this.

Although opportunities for real-life sessions are now beginning to re-open, many people don’t yet feel comfortable returning to a class setting and therefore we felt it was important to provide an at-home alternative so that people still had the opportunity to participate in these beneficial exercises.

Rebecca Cram Dance Development Office, The Hub

Image: Unify by Electric EggThe second dance project that has been made possible as part of this funding sees the re-launch of the Hub’s adult dance and disabilities group, Unify. The Unify Dance Company is a creative contemporary dance class that is open to all and specifically tailored for people aged 18yrs+ with a learning disability, autism, or both.

The Unify sessions focus on developing participants to help them become more confident through dance and movement, giving them the opportunity to explore different ways of moving in a safe and welcoming environment. The programme will culminate in a sharing of the work created over the coming months at our new purpose-built studio at the Hub in December.

Alongside these two dance projects, we are also proud to announce the launch of a brand-new initiative for the Hub, two ‘Wonder Walks’. The Wonder Walks will be developed by an arts and nature specialist. The artist run training for early years support staff and volunteers to lead the walks and possibly develop their own.

The Wonder Walks will encourage participants to take part in fun family-friendly activities led by a Wonder Walk leader on routes in Sleaford and Billinghay.

The walks will encourage families to complete the activities together – helping them to exercise in a creative, fun way. Walking activities like this have several physical health benefits and are great for our mental health too. By taking part, participants’ focus shifts outwards, and the stresses of everyday life are momentarily lifted away, leaving space for joy and other positive feelings.

Lucy Lumb Visual Arts Development Coordinator

The funding, totalling just under £9,000 has been awarded as part of the Tackling Inequalities fund and is aimed at getting individuals and communities active again following the challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alongside the Hub, dozens of organisations and groups across the county will benefit from this funding and will run numerous other projects and activities for people across the county to help Lincolnshire get more active. Hub Programme Manager, Marion Sander says:

“We are so pleased to work once again with Active Lincolnshire and Sports England and really excited to deliver more and new projects as part of the Tackling Inequalities fund offering a fantastic range of initiatives which will have a hugely positive impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of people across our county.”

Details of all the projects, how to take part and where to book can be found on the Hub website and across our social media channels.