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Project information

Active Langdon Ladies (Acronym ALL)

Langdon empowers people with learning disabilities to live independently by providing members with opportunities to thrive. We recognise that women with learning disabilities are at increased risk of being overweight. We want to encourage female members to get active to improve health & wellbeing.

March 2019 - March 2021

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  • Need


    It’s recognised that people with learning disabilities are at increased risk of being overweight compared to the general population, with poor diets & low levels of physical activity. This increases the likelihood of a range of health & social problems. People with learning disabilities may not always be able to enrol on activity programmes as they are not accessible. Langdon run active sessions, but have found that women would feel more likely to participate in ‘girls only’ settings.


    Provide dance sessions that are therapeutic & fun, enabling female members to benefit from:
    • Better health - getting fit whilst having fun
    • Moving together improves a sense of belonging & social skills
    • Moving together with carers strengthens positive relationships
    • Energetic music & colourful sensory props stimulate senses
    • Enhanced body and self-awareness
    • Develop social & cognitive skills
    • Ignite confidence through new positive experiences
    • Relax & be mindful

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable the 30 London female members at Langdon to improve their fitness and well-being.


    » 40 weekly dance sessions for Langdon women run by a Dance and Movement Therapist who specialises in working with people with learning disabilities.

    What success will look like

    - Numbers attending
    - Commitment to attending
    - Improvement in fitness
    - Learned techniques
    - Enjoyment

    Aim 2

    Encourage self-awareness and educate about the benefits of fitness.


    » Through accessible & fun sessions, the women will feel motivated together to adapt their lifestyle choices and for this to become a long term change.

    What success will look like

    - More confident
    - Understanding of benefits
    - Mobility and co-ordination improvement
    - Weight loss
    - General better health & well-being

    Aim 3

    For members and carers to develop their fitness together and extend this thinking outside sessions.


    » Create sessions that cater for both carers & members and add value to all. Will encourage new approaches to all areas of healthier living.

    What success will look like

    - Carers to understand benefits
    - Closer relationships
    - Do activities together outside the sessions
    - Carers fitness to improve

  • Impact


    The dance sessions will be the start of members living a healthy & fit lifestyle. Success will be measured through qualitative, quantitative & observational monitoring:
    • Female members involved & their commitment
    • Increased self-esteem, more confidence and better social interactions of participants
    • Changes in attitudes & behaviour, learnings & skill development
    • Positive feedback from families
    • Feedback from carers about their personal progression
    • Involvement in other physical activity


    The project has been suggested by our female members as a way they would be inclined to join a fitness programme, and we are responding by creating this project. We find that involving members from inception of a new scheme ensures that we are creating a programme that will be of most value to them.
    A greater risk is the involvement of carers. From initial research, we believe there is the desire to be involved. As with all long term projects we will need to ensure the momentum is maintained.


    Donors will receive a written update report three times a year.
    If possible, donors will be invited to attend a class, but this will be dependent on the members, especially considering their disability and the female dimension of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,600 Teaching staff Hour lesson and prep (80 lessons across 2 years)
      £2,800 Management Report writing, donor relationships, etc.
      £2,200 Admin Attendance support, marketing assistance, communication with carers, etc.
      £400 Props Simple, tactile equipment
      £2,000 Operational Hall administration e.g. opening building OOH (room usage free)
  • Background


    Part of Langdon's ethos is to create community hubs for our members. Two of the locations, Edgware and Borehamwood will benefit from ALL which will be held at our community building, Maccabi House in Edgware. If in the future we are able to progress the programme, we will introduce it to our Manchester hub.


    The key beneficiaries of ALL will be female members of Langdon. Langdon engages with people who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate learning disabilities. The most significant indirect beneficiaries are parents and families of members, who’ll be alleviated of some of the pressures connected to the well-being and positive development of their children. Their carers will also benefit from being a part of ALL by building closer relations with members whilst improving their overall fitness.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Langdon aims to empower people with learning disabilities to live independently in the community by providing members with opportunities they need to flourish. We recognise that each member is unique & offer support, care & guidance to equip them with skills to reach their ambitions. For over twenty-five years we have provided specialist education, employment opportunities, social activities, youth clubs, and supported living services, guided by a Jewish ethos, with outreach open to all.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Talya Ganz

    Qualified dance therapy teacher

    Project Manager

    Manager the delivery of the project across its life-span; donor care; reporting.


    Administrative and marketing support

    Head Of Social Care

    Co-ordinate with Care workers