Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we’re improving wellbeing in Brighton through dance

South East Dance is celebrating a funding award of more than £19,000 to help get more people dancing, from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The award will support the second year of The Welcome Project, a community dance programme that gives people of all ages and backgrounds from Brighton’s Tarner neighbourhood the chance to experience the exhilaration and joy of dance in the run up to the 2020 launch of The Dance Space, Brighton & Hove’s new home for dance.

Working with partners including Brighton Youth Centre, Brooke Mead Extra Care Housing Scheme, Puffin Nursery and Brighton Unemployed Families Centre, South East Dance’s The Welcome Project is offering pop-up street dance and capoeira sessions, intergenerational tea dances, and regular dance and creative movement sessions throughout the community.  

Cath James, Artistic Director of South East Dance, says: “We are passionate about challenging perceptions of what dance is, who it’s for and what it can achieve. That’s why we’re so grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting us on our mission!

“Recent research into the impact of dance on young people showed that it can help them manage stress, develop their confidence and improve their overall quality of life. And we know from our own experience of delivering a Falls Prevention Programme for older people that dance and movement are invaluable in helping maintain physical confidence and ability as we age. This funding will help us deliver more of these health and wellbeing benefits as well as sharing the sheer joy of dance with more people – thank you.”

About People’s Postcode Lottery

People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities and good causes. People play with their chosen postcodes for a chance to win cash prizes. A minimum of 32% from each subscription goes directly to charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally -- players have raised £382 million so far. For details of the charities and good causes which are promoting and benefitting from the lottery draws, please visit https://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/good-causes/draw-calendar

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Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we’re improving wellbeing in Brighton through dance