Project information

Lishi Infrastructure Development

To develop the infrastructure of Lishi which is a form of Chinese movement and dance for health and wellbeing taught in many charities and not for profit organisations in England and other countries.

January 2011 - July 2011

Charity information

Manchester Lishi Arts

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  • Need


    Lishi is facing cuts in its income due to reduced public sector funding on education, volunteering and local authorities. In order to continue to provide the volume of classes and teachers currently in place Lishi needs to grow the number of members who pay a fee each year. A SWOT analysis contributing to a new strategy for Lishi has identified that there is much capacity for new participants in the current timetable of classes but that weaknesses in infrastructure are limiting growth.


    Lishi has been working with Leeds Trinity University College to analyse it's needs and to develop a strategy for future sustainability. 3 areas for development have been identified: a) to develop the resources for participants to learn Lishi in a blended way via traditional classes and via the internet b) to further develop the teaching skills of teachers and assistants c) to provide business and sustainability skills training to those teachers, assistants, volunteers & trustees who run groups

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    That participants find it easier to learn Lishi and are retained for longer


    » Develop learning resources for use in traditional classes and online through Moogle

    Success will be...High score on learner satisfaction surveys and increased retention demonstrated through class registers

    Aim 2

    That the ability of teachers & assistants to meet the needs of Lishi participants improves


    » Provide structured teacher training workshops, courses, tutorials and other support

    Success will be...A high score for the question relating to teaching and learning in our Self Assessment Report

    Aim 3

    That everyone responsible for running a Lishi group is competent across the range of skills required


    » Offer skills training based on individuals training needs analysis and self led assessment

    Success will be...That individuals have completed their individualised training plans and feel they have improved their skills in the areas they identified as lacking competence

    Aim 4

    To increase the number of new participants attending Lishi classes


    » Implement the new marketing strategy for Lishi based on social media networking and viral marketing (word of mouth online)

    Success will be...That the average class attendance across all Lishi classes increases by at least 20% by July 2011

    Aim 5

    To increase the sustainable income for Lishi to offset cuts in public funding


    » By increasing the number of fee paying members based on implementing the 4 aims above.

    Success will be...That income from Lishi membership internationally increases by 50% by July 2011

  • Impact


    By developing the infrastructure of Lishi it will ensure that its heritage of being taught, and the momentum of this is continued and developed. This project will make Lishi accessible to more people and as a result increase their health and wellbeing. The financial health of Lishi will also improve making it less dependent on grants and funding. The main demonstration of this will be class registers showing that more people are attending and being retained in classes for longer than currently


    There are 2 main risks to this project: 1/ whether there is the capacity and experience to implement the analysis and training required and 2/ that the people involved in running and teaching Lishi are willing to accept the need for improvement and training. To deal with 1 we have recruited the help of Leeds Trinity University College to develop a structured, unitised programme that individuals can step in and out of. For 2 a Survey Monkey analysis has found people's committment to change high.


    Each quarter donors will receive, if they wish, a report from the project monitoring meeting that summarises progress against each of the projects aims described using Key Performance Indicators and a coloured scale for each one (traffic light system).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,040 Learning Resource Development 440 hours Development Worker time at £16 per hour
      £10,560 Teacher Training Workshops 240 train-the-trainer hours at £44 per hour
      £3,600 Business Skills Training 20 half day workshops at £180 each
      £6,000 Project Coordination & Admin 120 Management hours at £40 per hour plus 120 Admin Worker hours at £10 per hour
      £3,000 Office & Project Expense Costs Apportioned office costs plus travel expenses

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The College of Chinese Physical Culture £5,000 Conditional
    Lishi Arts £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Manchester Lishi Arts will manage and run this project to benefit over 50 weekly run Lishi classes taking place in 5 regions of England (London, East Midlands, Yorkshire, North West, North East). Workshops and other training will take place in Manchester, London and Leeds as appropriate.


    Current participation in regular Lishi weekly run community classes involves some 500 people of which perhaps 30% pay an annual membership fee of £50. Classes are located in urban areas of deprivation where venue hire is low or often free of charge with people mainly from lower socio/economic groups attending. The Lishi Equal Opportunities Policy states that classes should be open to all and that they should be as accessible as possible.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Manchester Lishi Arts has been a registered charity teaching Lishi since 2007. It has been successful in previous projects including Awards for All and Big Give (2009) which have all helped it to grow. Manchester Lishi Arts is a member of EMDP which is the Sport England NGB for the movement and dance sector and also has direct links to all the other Lishi groups running in England. Participants recently performed at the Albert Hall as part of On Show hosted by the CCPR dance division.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Clive Nunnington

    Is the voluntary Coordinator for Manchester Lishi Arts with many years experience of developing Lishi and other Chinese approaches to self improvement

    Ben Green

    Ben is a consultant in marketing and uses NLP to help people to develop strategies for improvement through business coaching.

    Dr Ian Kenvyn

    Director of Health and Wellbeing at Leeds Trinity University College. Is helping Lishi to analyse and develop its strategy for sustainability.

    Desmond Murray

    Is the National Coach for Lishi and will provide his experience and contacts with Lishi teachers and groups.

Manchester Lishi Arts

Manchester Lishi Arts

'As a result of participation, 73% of participants had made lifestyle changes.'

External Evaluation - Eagle.UK