Project information

Otley Health and Wellbeing through Chinese Dance

To increase participation of people from Otley and nearby communities, so as many as possible benefit from low cost, high quality Chinese movement and dance classes, for health, well being, learning and skills development. Please donate, so we can reduce the cost of our classes to participants.

This is an ongoing annual project.

Charity information: Otley Lishi Arts

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  • Need


    The Active People Survey shows that many local people do not achieve recommended levels of physical activity. Combined with not eating correctly, this results in increased obesity and associated health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, which is increasing in the UK (Diabetes UK). There are many young adults in Otley, but not many health/well being related activities on offer, so Lishi fills a distinct gap in provision.


    This project aims to develop, promote and deliver more accessible classes for local people in the community. Otley Lishi Arts engages with local authorities, community groups and local health agencies to ensure the group's activities are compatible with other local strategies and joined-up community thinking. Lishi movement and dance from China provides an alternate approach to the usual mainstream services.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To get more people from Otley and surrounding neighbourhoods engaged in and participating in Lishi.


    » New classes, better promotion, qualified teachers and an excellent, professional experience for new beginners and experienced Lishi students.

    What success will look like

    Full local classes with regular weekly participation

  • Impact


    External evaluation demonstrates that participation in our classes leads to a range of learning and personal outcomes. We often use questionnaires (Survey Monkey) and feedback on social media sites (Facebook) to evaluate the long-term impact. Improved creativity, ability to self assess circumstances, improved relationships, enjoyment of learning all have a positive impact on the participants’ friends and family, too. Lishi also has a direct impact on 'behaviour' and well being.


    The most important risks relate to the health and safety of people accessing our services. Our Child Protection Policy and Procedures follow those from our National Governing Body (EMDP) with Enhanced CRB checks, risk assessments etc in place.


    Donors who wish to be contacted will receive a copy of our Trustees Annual Report. We will gladly provide updates on any specific project they have donated to through newsletters, our website and social media sites and by personal correspondence if required. We will demonstrate value for money.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,000 Class Delivery Costs Professional teacher costs, venue hire and travel expensess
      £4,000 Marketing Design, printing and delivery of promotional materials
      £4,000 Promotional developments Social media/website, videos and photos

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Health of Bradford £7,500 Conditional
  • Background


    Otley, West Yorkshire


    Young people and adults, many from disadvantaged backgrounds living in Otley and surrounding neighbourhoods and communities. Our focus is on young adults 16 - 24 and adults up to age 55. We would expect many of these to be not currently in employment, education or training and to include ex-offenders.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Otley Lishi Arts has been running health and education related Lishi projects for young people and adults since the 2007 with funding from Awards for All and other bodies. Lishi teachers are very experienced and professionally qualified.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Tim Wybrow

    Tim is a trustee for the charity and is very experienced in Lishi and well able to coordinate this project.

'Changes in interpersonal relationships through improved communication and ability to deal with difficult situations.'

External Evaluator: EagleUK