About the Project
Our Turn is a two-year arts intervention using dance and movement to help the health and happiness of vulnerable adults living with dementia or memory loss.
Using daytime activities to deliver vital emotional and physical support to people living with memory loss and dementia, the project will support the building of relationships in the home and the community, enabling greater social interaction and an improved quality of life.
These weekly dance sessions - led by specialist dance artists - will help:
- Support falls prevention
- Improve physical and mental health and wellbeing
- Reduce loneliness and isolation
- Provide carers with respite
The sessions will take place at St Peter's Community Centre, Yeovil on Monday afternoons 1pm - 4pm and will include a falls prevention dance session, meet and greet and social time with refreshments. We have been working in partnership with Somerset Partnership and SPARK Somerset and have also received input and guidance from the Community Mental Health Team at Magnolia House to help shape the project.
The overall aim of the project is to provide creative daytime activities that deliver vital emotional and physical support to people living with memory loss and dementia. It will support the building of relationships in the home and the community, enabling greater social interaction and an improved quality of life.
“Here at Take Art we have years of experience in using dance to support individuals in managing physical and mental health issues. These projects have proved time and time again that arts intervention of this type can have miraculous effects on individuals and lead to less pressure on the health and care services.” Mark Helyar, Co-Director of Theatre at Take Art
Who Can Apply?
Our Turn is classed as an alternative day time service and will feature on Somerset Community Connect for participants to use their direct payments towards, should they wish. Anyone can attend the dance sessions providing they have received or are in the process of receiving a diagnosis of memory loss or dementia. Participants are also welcome to attend if they have self-diagnosed as living with memory loss or dementia.
Weekly dance sessions will start on Monday 20 September at St Peter's Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, BA21 3DY. 1pm - 4pm
£10 per session | £55 for 6 sessions (£1 booking fee applies)
To book your place at one of the dance sessions please click here. Spaces are limited.
Cash can be accepted as payment on the day of the session, please contact us to book your space beforehand.
If you have not attended a session before please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01460 249450 for a participant pack.
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