Dance for Dementia

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Dance for Dementia

Green Candle Dance Company By Green Candle Dance Company

We want to continue and expand our Remember to Dance project in Tower Hamlets. Remember to Dance is a dance and live music session for people living with dementia and their carers or companions

Tower Hamlets Fundraising stage

pledged of £14,776
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £14,776 by 24 Dec 2019

Remember to Dance in Tower Hamlets is a dance and live music session for people living with dementia and their carers and companions. Due to lack of funding, we are no longer able to run these sessions which has left a huge void for some of our participants. Our sessions are mentally stimulating and participants develop skills in dance and movement, including co-ordination, balance, motor skills, body and spatial awareness while working towards greater flexibility in tendons and joints, better cardiac functioning, and muscle strength. The sessions take place in a friendly and non-threatening atmosphere and contribute to the psychological and physical well-being of older people living with dementia and their carers, combating isolation. We have had no choice but to stop these sessions due to lack of funding and we know that our participants are desperate to return. For some, these session were the highlight of their week.

What we'll deliver:

  • 30 x Remember to Dance sessions at Oxford House in Bethnal Green
  • 10 x Intergenerational sessions bringing participants together with local primary school children
  • Foster intergenerational relationships and understanding between different age groups and abilities
  • Promote community cohesion through intergenerational working
  • Increase wellbeing and physical health of our participants and improve their quality of life
  • Increase understanding and awareness of dementia in the local community

Why it's a great idea:

Here at Green Candle we are passionate about providing opportunities to dance to those with least access and we have seen first hand the impact that Remember to Dance has on our participants. Due to lack of funding and huge cuts to local authority budgets, support for the Remember to Dance is needed now more than ever. It’s a difficult time but we won’t give up, because we know what we do is really important. "It was so good to see mum joining in and laughing so much, she loved all the praise you all gave her and it stayed with her the rest of the day. We are so pleased there are places such as yours mum can go to thank you so much" Carer, Remember to Dance

Steps to get it done:

  • Confirm partnership with local primary school for intergenerational sessions
  • Recruit volunteers for the sessions
  • Recruit musicians to perform live music
  • Contact participants and promote the sessions to a wider audience (care homes, day centres etc)
  • Risk assessment and safeguarding checks

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Oxford House is a community and arts centre in Bethnal Green, East London


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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How will the money be spent?Total £14,776

Dance Leader and Musician - £6,000 (41%)
Older people's travel - £3,360 (23%)
Space hire - £1,200 (8%)
Children only sessions - £800 (5%)
Travel Expenses for 2 Volunteers - £720 (5%)
Marketing & Publicity - £600 (4%)
Management and Admin - £400 (3%)
Props - £250 (2%)
Other - £1,446 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Dance Leader and Musician
Older people's travel
Space hire
Children only sessions
Travel Expenses for 2 Volunteers
Marketing & Publicity
Management and Admin
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: - Hosting sharing events for friends and families of the participants and school children - Filming and photography to allow dissemination of our work to a wider audience and help future fundraising and promotion - Put on a public performance performance of an intergenerational piece in a local open space to showcase what we've done to the community.

Total £14,776

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