Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

Year 1 Awardee

Dance for Parkinson's

Type of initiative funded: Sport or physical activity


Funding awarded: £9845


Project description:

If you have advanced Parkinson's or have lived with the condition for a long time, you are more likely to have breathing and respiratory difficulties. Therefore, people with Parkinson's are described as being at greater risk of severe illness if they get coronavirus as it affects lungs and airways. A reduced level of activity for those living with Parkinson's can have a significant effect on strength and mobility as well as posture. Having suffered an extended time of isolation, now is the time to increase activities within a structured environment for people living with Parkinson's to enable them to socially reconnect as well as improve physical capacity as much as possible. Citymoves would like to expand and create a second weekly dance class for those with Parkinson's by offering an activity that can remain socially distanced and as safe as possible within guidelines to help enrich lives socially, mentally, and physically. Much of the budget is to contribute to the set up and running costs of a second weekly class within Aberdeen. This would involve a lead artist, a support artist, and the musician. I would also like to source an easily accessibly venue with car parking and disabled access.