Making the right moves to beat Parkinson’s Disease in Calderdale
Local people will be marking Parkinson’s Awareness Week (PAW) with a unique celebration of dance, movement and live music.
The Halifax and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK is inviting anyone affected by Parkinson’s, along with family, friends and carers, to a Dance Taster this Saturday (13 April). A pilot project to explore the physical and emotional benefits of moving to music begins the following Thursday (18 April), right in the middle of PAW.
Community dance worker Natalie Speake says there’s never been anything like it in the region before for people affected by Parkinson’s Disease.
“This is something of a first for Calderdale and the fact it is happening is wonderful news for anyone affected by Parkinson’s in the region. A growing body of research is showing that dance can help people with Parkinson’s in lots of ways. Greater ease in moving, increases confidence and – just as important – can be a lot of fun.”
Natalie says no previous experience is necessary. All you need to bring with you to any of the sessions is a willingness to move.
The project is part of a wider initiative with Local Arts Company Verd de Gris called Changing landscapes which aims to develop and deliver uplifting and creative sessions for older people across Calderdale. The project has received active support from the Halifax and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK and is funded partly by NHS Calderdale and South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
“It is hoped that we will be able to make this something very special so that it will carry on into the future and continue to bring a better quality of life to those affected by Parkinson’s.”
The Dance Taster will start at 2pm on Saturday 13 April at Elim Church Hall, Hall Street, Halifax.
The 10 week pilot project sessions will run weekly from Thursday 18 April at the New Town Hall in Hebden Bridge, 11am-12.30pm.
For further information or comment Natalie Speake can be contacted on 077 2345 2673.