Help us raise funds with our Aviva Community Fund to create a superb library of specialist dance & movement classes to help children, young people and adults with and without learning disabilities stay active and healthy both physically and mentally and have opportunities to learn through a movement based approach.
As we’re all too well aware Covid-19 has brought many challenges, which have required all of us to be resilient, adaptive and frankly, brave. This is certainly the case for us; we want to respond directly to the growing need for our services, whilst at the same time, recognise finances will be slow to recover all round and it looks likely that most of our face to face activities will not resume until the Autumn.
So for the first time ever we’re appealing directly to you to help with a Crowdfunding Campaign to create a new project that will resolve this current dilemma.
UPDATE – NEW STRETCH TARGET
While our initial target will cover the up front production costs associated with creating a MovementWorks Library, everything we can now raise over and above will be used to enhance the project by developing and adding content – making this a meaningful lasting resource.
With your help any additional funds raised beyond our stretch target will add even more value by helping us to directly support our beneficiaries with brand new projects when face to face delivery is allowed to recommence.
Extended restrictions have impacted physical health and emotional well being. Never before has there been such a need for this work. Thank you for your continued support.
About this project and why we must take ‘action’ now
With the help of emergency grant funding, during the Covid-19 crisis we’ve been able to adapt our service and offer ‘MovementWorks Online’, a live delivery programme of specialist classes that support learning through movement while addressing physical and mental well-being. As well as supporting our existing beneficiaries, we have grown a new audience of over 1000 with these remote sessions.
Our grant funding will soon be coming to an end but demand has sky-rocketed. We’re aware of the call for an ‘on-demand’ service for those who find it difficult to commit to a set time and need a more flexible approach. A MovementWorks library would be a new initiative, an expansion of our existing offer and allow high-quality filmed pre-recorded sessions to support even more people. With your help we’ll create up to 28 professionally-recorded sessions with our specialist trainers that support vulnerable children and adults, their parents and carers and continue to grow the numbers of those we’re able support both during and beyond this pandemic.
Even before Covid-19 an inactive population was a big issue, with the British Heart Foundation reporting that less than 20% of children and young people were achieving the recommended daily amount of physical activity. The World Health Organisation has highlighted concerns that the restrictions and lockdowns have heavily impacted children’s physical development to the extent that many have regressed in fundamental skills. This reveals the importance of movement-based education more than ever.
As so many of our beneficiaries are from communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic our work focuses on the specific challenges these communities face through our flagship programmes Developmental Dance Movement® and Autism Movement Therapy®, together with complementary sessions such as stress busting Laughter Yoga, Sensory Movement for children with complex needs and Storytelling Yoga combining early literacy with physical development which have featured culturally diverse and inclusive stories, some of them read by the original authors.
To give you a better idea of the age range and levels of ability we’re able to provide for and the uniqueness of our services visit our MovementWorks Online page.
What people are saying
Our beneficiaries and their parents/carers have told us that our online sessions are just as effective and engaging and a great addition to our in-person delivery. These sessions have:
- Improved mental health and wellbeing.
- Supported home schooling and special education.
- Improved self-confidence.
- Improved physical health and dexterity.
- Reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation.
“He tries very hard to copy the actions and to sing and sign as well. Your sessions are helping him greatly with his learning and confidence and are good exercise.”
Parent of an autistic child.
“Thank you for all the virtual sessions you have enabled our children and families to access during lockdown. They have really enjoyed and valued these”
Community Nursery School, South East London.
“Nothing like a boogie in the afternoon to get us all moving and have a giggle! Thanks @MovementWorksEd for great session”
Share Community, a charity supporting those with physical and learning disabilities and mental health needs.
We have set up a series of Rewards to say ‘Thank You’ to those of you who support us, full details of these can be found on our Aviva Community Fund page. In addition to these, we will also be announcing across our Social Media platforms, ‘Spot Rewards’ that we have been pledged by various supporters, so please ensure that you connect with us, links are below:
Let’s Make the Magic Happen Together!
Your full donation will go towards content development and producing this project. #MovementWorks – thank you!
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