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CoActive Arts are awarded £1,000 to improve their services

Published 7 December 2017

CoActive Arts has been awarded a WDH Community Grant for £1,000. 

The charity provides drama and dance classes for people with learning difficulties.

The group plans to relaunch Dance for Health sessions and incorporate cookery classes to promote healthy eating.

These activities aim to improve the lives of participants by promoting inclusion and focussing on the needs of people with learning difficulties.

CoActive Arts will use the Grant to buy kitchen equipment and food and pay for session leaders and room hire.

Jody Gabriel, Project Manager said: "CoActive uses the arts as central to all our work in helping people with learning difficulties to reveal hidden talents and to enrich life. Some of our work engages in serious art development but one of our groups uses music and dance just to have fun with others and to get our bodies moving. WDH awarded us this grant just at the right time to keep this loved and important group going, at a time when we were struggling to keep going between other funding. We use karaoke, line dancing, Zumba, and music to stretch and connect. Participants are encouraged to learn routines and practise teaching and leading others. There is a lot of laughter, a wide variety of ability and a consistently high number of participants of around 20 people. We are very grateful to WDH."

Chris Croxall, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer said: "We are proud to support an organisation like CoActive Arts which is dedicated to working with people that have learning difficulties. The group provides the opportunity for people in the Wakefield district to engage with the arts for fun, health or to develop as a dancer, performer, creator, leader and role model."

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