Dance Well is Akademi’s participatory and performance programme to improve the health and wellbeing of the general population through the medium of South Asian Dance. The first three years of Dance Well were funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund – since 2016 we have delivering workshops in community centres, care homes, dementia day centres and hospital wards.
This next round of funding will support workshops in partnership with four community organisations and two NHS hospitals – in each case Dance Well will run for 24 weeks per year, a significant increase on previous years. This will allow us to integrate dance activity into existing services.
The Linbury Trust, part of The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, supports the arts, education and social welfare. City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates, it was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements.
One of the aims of City Bridge’s grants is to ensure that Londoners experiencing inequality or disadvantage have improved access to the arts and therefore have greater wellbeing and independence as a result. Dance Well achieves this by taking dance activities to groups of older adults who might not otherwise connect with or have access to the arts. Participating in these dance workshops then increase their confidence, helping to build their independence, mental and physical wellbeing.