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Oxford Options Resource & Well-being Centre and Oxford City Council have been successful in securing a grant of £7,550 from Awards for All (lottery funding) for dance activities for older people in Oxford.

The grant will fund a year-long programme of activities for the over 50's, including opportunities to learn new skills, have fun, improve general health and wellbeing, as well as challenge stereotypes and perceptions of older generations.

The main part of the project will take place at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre and Oxford Options Resource & Well-being Centre on Horspath Driftway, Headington.

The sessions will be open to anyone 50 years of age and over, and will include developing a series of dance workshops that link movement and reminiscence, an opportunity to ‘go-and-see’ performances with outings to local theatres, as well as a celebration event at the end of the project.

The project is designed to help older people keep active, reduce isolation and to celebrate ageing in a creative and innovative way.

Councillor Gill Sanders, who supports the Oxford 50 + Network, says: "It is great news that we have been successful in securing this funding.

"These sessions will help older people learn new skills, mix with new people and improve their general health.

"I hope that many people take this opportunity and get involved in these sessions."

The project will include regular dance classes at Oxford Options (a resource centre for older people) and an open samba dance class for over 50's in Blackbird Leys.

The class will start at the Clockhouse in Blackbird Leys on Monday mornings from 10am to 11am from Monday 16 April. The sessions will cost £2.50 and are open to all abilities (no experience necessary).

The money will also fund training for dance artists and exercise instructors in developing dance activities for older people, as well as an Ambassador’s scheme to engage older people in the running of the project.

The Oxford 50+ Network is an established group providing an opportunity for older people, and those interested in provision for older people, to get involved in their local community. They meet regularly, organising a programme of talks on a quarterly basis, offering a forum for older people to exchange information, raise concerns, discuss issues and find out more about services available to them.  

If you would like further information about the sessions, contact Angela Conlan, Project Co-ordinator by email: angela.conlan@yahoo.com

Released on Thursday 1 March 2012

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