Help give children from deprived areas the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health in a safe space whilst learning to dance!
by African Relief Support in Glasgow, Glasgow City, United Kingdom
About African Relief Support
At African Relief Support our mission is to prevent and relieve poverty and improve the lives of people in the local community. We were established at the start of 2020 and have been providing support for those in the community who have been most impacted by the pandemic. Our services help various deprived and vulnerable groups within our society such as asylum seekers, refugees, single parents, children, those at risk of poverty, and unemployed people. We have a varied range of projects that we offer; however, the central focus for all is providing a service our beneficiaries would otherwise not have access to.
We also promote equality and diversity by focusing on the integration of Black and Minority Ethnic people into the wider society within Scotland whilst advocating against discrimination, marginalisation, stereotypes, and social exclusion. Our founder and most of our board are BAME and the majority of our beneficiaries are too.
About Our Dance Class Project
One of our projects is providing free weekly dance classes for children and young people in deprived areas of the community. These classes give the children an opportunity to improve their physical and mental health in a safe space whilst learning how to dance. The classes teach a variety of dance styles from hip hop to African style dancing.
The Impact of Covid-19 & How You Can Help
The classes were started in February 2021 and were held online over Zoom throughout the pandemic restrictions. This was challenging as it put a barrier in attending the class as attendees would need suitable devices and a reliable Wi-Fi connection.
As pandemic restrictions have eased we have started the return to face-to-face classes. Having classes in person has really improved the benefit for the children that attend. During the lockdowns and subsequent school closures, the children who attend the classes have been isolated from their community. It is our hope that having these classes in person will help to combat the isolation many of these children have experienced during the lockdowns.
In addition to the dancing, we would like to add a musical aspect to the classes. In order to do this, we would like to purchase some musical instruments for the children to learn and use in class. This would give the children the opportunity to learn new skills and try a variety of different instruments. This will provide the children with an opportunity they would not otherwise have access to.
In addition to the musical instruments, the funds raised will go toward the cost of running the class. This includes renting the hall, providing transport for those who need it, as well as providing refreshments in the way of a drink and snack for the children.
Any contribution you can make to our work would be greatly appreciated. The money you give will make a real difference in the lives of the children in the community and will help combat the negative impact of the pandemic.
Thank you so much for your help!