Project information

Increasing Participation and Access to Lishi

Lishi International provides over 60 Chinese traditional movement classes plus workshops in many areas of the world. There is capacity for more participants, more classes and more teachers to benefit from the activity. This project will help target Lishi to young adults and help improve their lives

This is an ongoing annual project.

Charity information: Lishi International

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  • Need


    Many young adults are dissatisfied with life and find it lacks meaning. Role models portrayed by the media to young people are often unattainable and statutory education fails a lot of young people leaving them unprepared for the challenges of real life and all too often are left not employment, education or training (NEET).


    Lishi International uses traditional Chinese movement arts to educate people and thereby provide an alternate way of experiencing the world through embodiment or 'mindfulness'. Lishi utilises the science, philosophy and culture of Chinese dance to develop skills, awareness and a renewed curiosity for life and its meaning. It is proven to enhance soft skills such as self-esteem and confidence and also employability skills such as leadership, team-work, innovation and communication.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the participation of young adults in Lishi.


    » To better promote the benefits of Lishi.
    » To increase the number of Lishi classes available.
    » To implement a teacher training programme aimed at improving teaching and learning standards.

    What success will look like

    Increased membership and progression of young adults in Lishi.

    Aim 2

    To improve the accessibility to Lishi.


    » Develop an online platform for learning Lishi using 'Moodle', a Virtual Learning Environment - this will allow distance learning and increase access.

    What success will look like

    Development of a Moodle VLE for Lishi and access by young adults.

  • Impact


    Lishi International undertakes an annual impact assessment and reports on this in its Trustee's Annual Report (TAR). This is a self assessment process that is inclusive of participant feedback and data from enrolment, progression and other performance indicators. Previous projects have indicated participant 'destination' into work and further education for example.


    Health and Safety and Child Protection - Lishi International implements H&S and CP Policies as well as protocols for Financial Controls that calculates risks in many areas and provides control to ensure any risks are minimised. For example, teaching guidelines, minimum teacher qualification levels, enhanced police checks, insurance.


    Each year the charity publishes its Trustee Annual Report on the Charity Commission website. Donors will be directed to this as well as receiving regular project updates that will be provided on the lishi-unlimited partnership website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 marketing research, branding, copy writing, online promotion, performance workshops
      £20,000 class costs travel, venue hire, fees, resources, insurance
      £10,000 moodle development planning, resource development,administration
      £6,000 project management monitoring, management, administration, reporting

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Third Sector Services £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will support classes and workshops mainly in the UK (80%) and also will support development in France, Germany, The Netherlands, the USA, Mexico and China. It is hoped that through the project Lishi will take root in other countries as well.


    The project is being targeted at young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) but will be inclusive of many other people from different ages, backgrounds and abilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lishi International was formed in 2012 by a consortium of local charities that teach traditional Chinese dance arts in different countries. Funding from the EU Lifelong Learning 'Grundtvig' Programme enabled these groups to form a partnership which resulted in Lishi International being constituted and registered in the UK. The accumulated experience and resource is considerable with some 60 volunteers each with 5 to 30 years of experience in the field this project relates to.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Therese Maini

    Therese started her Lishi training in France and undertook professional training in the UK. She has managed many projects and is an acupuncturist.

Check Out the Lishi Technique

I used to be a computer game nerd; now I get out more and am working part-time

Tim- a young adult