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Project information

Carers Can Dance The World

Respite & Recovery UK have chosen the many benefits of Dance as our focus for 2011 and 2012. The emphasis will be on World Heritage Dances and all they have to offer our beneficiaries in terms of their physical, mental and cultural well being.

September 2011 - August 2012

Charity information: Respite & Recovery UK

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  • Need


    The project aims to address the needs of carers and survivors who want to concentrate on developing their emotional, physical & cultural well being so that they can progress along the path to recovery. There is strong evidence to show that In addition to problems associated with the isolation that our beneficiaries experience many find that physical activity has taken second place to the demands of caring for a loved one or having to endure periods of intensive treatment


    Respite & Recovery UK Dance The World Courses will provide our beneficiaries with enjoyable activities that address their isolation by working and communicating in a group. We know that many people readily engage in dance as a way of improving their fitness and health & a further benefit is the opportunity to widen experience and challenge preconceived ideas

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Stage a series of World Dance Courses for carers and people in recovery from long term illness


    » Run 12 innovative & enjoyable World Heritage dance workshops over the year for our beneficiaries and members of the wider community

    What success will look like

    Success will be involving 200 to 300 participants over the course of the year including carers and people in recovery from long term illness & the wider community

    Aim 2

    To improve the fitness of our beneficiaries


    » By showing that Dance is an enjoyable activity that can be done as part of a group or practised alone and can happen in a variety of places
    » Provide dances that appeal to groups that may not readily engage with traditional sports – young men & women, older people & culturally diverse groups
    » workshops will focus on the physical & mental benefits of dance particulalry when developing group choreography that is exciting, fun and challenging.

    What success will look like

    Success will be That course participants enjoy working on their physical well being and are inspired & encouraged to further develop their personal fitness regime

    Aim 3

    Widen the cultural experience of our beneficiaries and challenge preconceived ideas


    » The Workshops will feature North Indian Kathak dance , Tahitian dance , African “Mouwa” dance, Algerian Raks Sharqi Group Dance & English folk dance
    » We will employ only highly qualified tutors who are well respected & experienced exponents of their special dance heritage

    What success will look like

    Success will be that participants understand & appreciate the traditions of a range of cultures recognising & responding to the similarities of world experiences with their own

  • Impact


    The project will encourage beneficiaries to focus on the physical, social, cultural & mental benefits of dance & continue to improve the quality of their wellbeing through similar exercise activities.

    We will monitor the success of the project through feedback from & continued support for beneficiaries regarding their progress over the ensuing year. We will also continue to work with carer organisations to gain further information on the effects of the project.


    There is a risk that tutor availability may be compromised e.g. through illness. We have a data base of suitable replacement tutors to call on in this eventuality.
    There are the usual health & safety risks associated with physical activities – we have extensive health & safety measures in place to address these.


    Donors will be able to track the progress of the project through the Respite & Recovery UK web site, Facebook and a quarterly news letter that includes updates on the workshops availability and successes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,150 Dance course Dance Tutor fees
      £2,800 Dance course Venue fees
      £1,500 Dance Course refrshments
      £1,000 Dance Course Advertisng, PR & Publicity
      £1,600 Dance Course Project Administration
      £950 Dance Course Insurance & legal fees
      £3,000 Dance Course Accommodation for Respite car delegates

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Majma Dance Festival £1,500 Conditional
    Mr I Johnson £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The World Heritage Dance courses will be held in a range of suitable venues across the South West of England in small communities where access to a wide range of multi cultural activities is limited but where we have found that there is wealth of enthusiasm for widening horizons


    Respite & Recovery UK Dance The World Courses will benefit:
    Adults who are carers and people in recovery from long term illness as well as members of the wider public across the UK.
    Tutors and dancers from a breadth of cultural backgrounds who will gain the opportunity to share and promote their dance heritage
    The local communities will benefit financially and socially from an influx of diverse people from across the UK

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have: Experience of running a similar project in 2010 that was successful in supporting Arts & Crafts skills development for 200 UK beneficiaries. Personal experience of the problems facing carers & people in recovery from long term illness. Access to experienced & highly skilled tutors Access to beautiful venues along the Jurassic coast . The support of the world famous Majma Dance Festival
    There appears to be no other charity providing these activities specifically for our beneficiaries

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Raheesha Ra

    Is a tutor & internationally acclaimed dancer who has developed the Raqs Sharki Dance for Health programme which she teaches in the UK, Europe & USA

    Amel Gols

    Project tutor with extensive experience of teaching classical Indian dance to people of all ages and abilities

    Annette Hamilton

    Project Leader & Chair of Trustees for Respite & Recovery UK with 40 years experince of designing, organising & evaluating educational courses

    Lisa Johnson

    Project & Charity Administrator Respite & Recovery UK