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Improve Mobility with Tai Chi and Yoga

Funded on Spacehive 17 May 2016

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Improve Mobility with Tai Chi and Yoga

Improve Mobility with Tai Chi and Yoga

Mary McKenna By Mary McKenna

Help improve mobility for those in Lewisham with Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis through regular access to tailored Tai Chi and Yoga sessions. We need your help!

Lewisham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 17 May 2016!

We would like to provide yoga and tai chi sessions for the members of the Lewisham branch MS society and the members of Parkinson's Lewisham branch. Offering these activities for members of both groups will provide a strong foundation of people to benefit from this opportunity. We will hire an accessible community space and qualified, recommended tai chi and yoga tutors. We would like to provide 6 weeks of yoga and 6 weeks of tai chi. We will evaluate after each 6 week sessions, the impact the activity has had on the members. This will guide our decision making for extending the project. If our respective members report physical and mental benefits from either activity, we will fund raise further to offer regular, ongoing sessions. Tai Chi and yoga, can improve balance, body awareness, strengthening: both practices can also improve steadiness of gait, relaxation:

What we'll deliver:

  • Employ experienced Yoga and Tai Chi tutors
  • Organise free weekly Yoga and Tai Chi sessions
  • Increase access to sessions through transport support

Why it's a great idea:

Following on from The MS Society Lewisham trialing taster mindfulness and yoga sessions as well as Lewisham's Parkinson's Branch experience of occasional Tai Chi sessions, the need for regular sessions in both disciplines is apparent. Members from Lewisham's Parkinson's Branch have reported improved balance, co-ordination, swallowing and strengthening following Tai Chi sessions. The MS Society have reported physical benefits as well as relaxation and improved well-being following taster yoga sessions. Based on the two organisation's previous partnership work we would like to co-operate in setting up regular sessions and will conduct this as a pilot project for an initial 12 week period to assess the viability of moving towards a long term project. Members from both organisations will be invited to attend the sessions. We will aim to offer support to access transport for those who find this barrier.

Steps to get it done:

  • Find affordable and accessible space
  • Promote the project positively across both organisation's networks
  • Research the most qualified and relevant tutors to employ

Location Lewisham

About the space

Custom Area


London Borough of Lewisham

How will the money be spent?Total £2,123

hall hire 12 weeks - £600 (28%)
transport costs 12 weeks - £450 (21%)
x 6 yoga instructor - £300 (14%)
x 6 tai chi instructor - £300 (14%)
feedback event - £200 (9%)
promotion - £150 (7%)
Other - £123 (6%)

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.

hall hire 12 weeks
transport costs 12 weeks
x 6 yoga instructor
x 6 tai chi instructor
feedback event
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £2,123

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