As we approach Mental Health Awareness Week this May – with the theme of Movement – we are delighted to have received grant funding from The Dorset Community Foundation to support two new weekly movement & wellbeing classes at Pavilion Dance in central Bournemouth for people who are living with or at risk of developing a mental health condition.

Our aim is to establish a hub for community-based wellbeing services with an early intervention approach.  These new classes will have a focus on the health and wellbeing of carers, who often put the person they care for ahead of their own needs, with the result that they can be at increased risk of experiencing poor physical and mental health. Throughout 12 years of running weekly classes for people with Parkinson’s and their carers, we see first-hand the community, support, and sense of belonging attending a regular dance class creates.

“Our Friday exercise dance class is very good for body, soul, happiness and friendships” Parkinson’s Dance Carer who attends with her husband.

The classes will also be open beyond carers, to those identified and signposted by other Adult Social Care teams, GPs and those who ‘self-book.’ You can book classes here: Exercise & Movement and Mindful Breath, Mindful Movement.

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