We plan to transform an empty shop on the high street in Bodmin into an attractive and welcoming dance space, where we will offer a 5 week programme of creative dance classes for people with mental health concerns.
“Fun, explorative, creative, inspiring”
“Good to feel I can still move” (Pilot projects participants)
Building on a highly successful pilot held in March 2019, which established strong partnerships and identified a huge demand for the work, the programme will be delivered by Lois Taylor and Sam Lawrence of Dance Centred C.I.C. with support from our partners Restormel MIND and intoBodmin, and an advisory group made up of local people. We will also run dance workshops with local groups and organisations who work with those experiencing mental health problems.
Dance has a really positive impact on our mental health and well-being - connecting the mind and the body to work together - and is a brilliant way to be active, connect with others, express yourself, have fun…and feel good. There is currently no provision of its kind locally.
“It helped with improving my confidence. Never thought I could do anything like that”
“I felt free, liberated and energised”
(Pilot project participants March 2019)
Being located on the high street makes Breathing Space accessible to local people who don’t have transport and gives it a strong presence in the town. Crossing over the threshold into a creative dance class is a big step for many people and we want to remove as many barriers as possible.
We need your help to be able to offer these activities for no set fee, for a donation only, however small, so people with mental health concerns can access opportunities to feel good regardless of their income.
“There is a close link between poverty and mental health: poverty can be a cause or consequence of mental ill health” (Mental Health Foundation)
“Adults in the poorest fifth of households are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than adults in the richest fifth of households” (JRF)
We want to make sure no-one is excluded from taking part Breathing Space because they can’t afford it, and your donations to our Crowdfunder campaign will enable us to do this.