As a charity we are dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children, young people and vulnerable adults to engage with and experience dance and movement based learning. Our work focuses on creating inclusion and equality for those with illhealth, physical disability, SEN, financial hardship, or other disadvantages who are often disregarded or less well served by mainstream dance programmes.
To illustrate the difference we can make and the benefits of our sessions, please watch the clip below:
We are hugely grateful for any financial support and recognition we have received. This helps raise the profile of the work we do and enables us to go out and make a difference.
The Co-op Community Fund
Selected by the Co-op Community Fund and with the money raised by local Co-op shoppers, MovementWorks was able to provide a series of community workshops and dance programmes delivered in local nurseries and primary schools.
The William Brake Foundation
Supported by the William Brake Foundation, MovementWorks are able to provide children from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to participate in a specialist movement based learning programme within their community to support their development.
The London Mayor and The Sports Inclusion Fund
Supported by the London Mayor and the Sports Inclusion Fund MovementWorks were able to provide two groups of children with autism an opportunity to enjoy a weekly dance class along with their neurotypical siblings and peers in a local leisure facility.
BBC Children in Need
Supported by BBC Children in Need, MovementWorks are providing a specialist dance programme for four groups of children with complex needs who experience communication difficulties.
Arts Council England and The National Lottery
With a grant from Arts Council England and The National Lottery, MovementWorks is able to offer ‘MovementWorks Online’, an innovative inclusive weekly programme of dance and movement classes that support children with and without Special Educational Needs. The offer also includes classes that support vulnerable adults and the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of parents and carers of children and adults across the country.
The London Sports Awards 2020
We were immensely proud for our work to be represented at the London Sports Awards 2020 in the category of ‘Children and Young People’. The Awards were held at London’s Guildhall and recognize the “best of the best” of grassroots sport and physical activity.
One Dance Awards 2020
We are thrilled to be among the shortlisted of the One Dance UK Awards. The awards are an annual celebration for people from across the dance sector to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and reward the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape. Championing the excellent work of dance artists, teachers, practitioners, educators, schools, choreographers, companies, venues, scientists, writers and producers, this event spotlights those who contribute outstanding work to the dance sector throughout the UK. MovementWorks was selected by an expert panel of judges from over a thousand public nominations in the category of “Inspirational Work in Education”
We need your help
We have been based in South East London since 2012. We work closely with the local community, outreach to other boroughs and present our work at National level.
Our approach is unique in a number of ways:
– our work is evidence based
– we provide inclusive dance programmes that focus on child development and individuals with special needs (including autism and related differences)
– our programmes increase whole-body learning experiences in a structured, socially interactive and enjoyable way
– we provide training courses and share best practice through community workshops aimed at educators, parents and carers.
Our objects are for the public benefit, the advancement of education and the arts and the relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. For more information about the classes and sessions we provide please visit our School Projects and Community Classes pages.
To help us raise the vital funds that we need in order to keep providing our classes to the community and schools, we have teamed up with Give as you Live, and there are a number of ways you can help us by making a donation, enrolling with the online shopping scheme or by contacting us with your fundraising ideas; the links are to the right.