Disco Dadz is a monthly dance session for parents, and their children aged 11 and under. Now, the scheme's future is secure following a grant of almost £10,000 from The Big Lottery Awards for All meaning the project will continue through 2019. Additionally Dancin’ Oxford has contributed £1,000 towards the scheme.
The funding will allow the project will develop over the next year, making it more accessible to children and parents with disabilities. It will also pay for two Community Ambassadors to encourage more people families to take part.
Disco Dadz sessions run on Saturdays through the year at both the Ark-T Centre and Rose Hill Community Centre. The initiative is part of the Dancin’ Oxford Dance Festival programme.
Cllr Mary Clarkson, Board Member for Culture and City Centre, said: "The news that we have received this funding from the The Big Lottery is a welcome boost for this excellent initiative. I'd like to encourage anyone who hasn't tried a Disco Dadz session yet to give it a go. It's becoming increasingly popular and if you come along it's easy to see why."
Sessions are enjoyed by both male and female parents and carers, as well as extended family, but the focus is on encouraging more father and male carer participation. The activity allows those who have limited access to other family activities to enjoy time together in a safe and supportive environment. Participation is on the increase with research conducted by Oxford Brookes University citing the project as an example of good practice.
Anyone can attend a session. Just turn up and pay on the door. For full details on the sessions, including dates and times, visit the Dancin' Oxford webpage.