The Beacon Arts Centre have creatively used the Warm Hand of Friendship fund to not only create a warm space, but also host an activity addressing specific issues related to Parkinson’s such as balance, flexibility and social isolation.
Classes are Tuesdays 13:00 – 15:00 including a social café after class.
Poppy Kohner, Community Programme Coordinator at the Beacon, told us more.
“The dance is accompanied by live piano and the movements are always part of a story. For example, in some of these photos the movements are inspired by decorating a tree and throwing snowballs.
“The social café is a really important part of the experience as people with Parkinson’s and their carers have a chance to get to know each other and this also builds confidence and enhances comfort to take risks in class. Participants often bring delicious home baking!
“The classes have been well attended, and we are lucky to have volunteers who help us provide a supportive atmosphere. For example, last week one of the dancers developed tremors and she didn’t want to continue dancing so one of our volunteers could sit with her and have a cup of tea, while the class continued until the others joined them at the social café.
“We really appreciate the funding that has allowed these classes to continue over Winter – arguably the most important time for people with Parkinson’s to keep their body moving and keep warm!”
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