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Dance group for young people gets backing for another year

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:37 15 July 2016

Amelia Moore from Care UK’s Foxbridge House care home presenting the cheque to members of Magpie Dance on behalf of the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation.

Amelia Moore from Care UK's Foxbridge House care home presenting the cheque to members of Magpie Dance on behalf of the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation.

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Magpie Dance received a grant rfom the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation

A dance group that boosts confidence and communication for young people with learning disabilities in Bromley has received a £2,000 grant.

Around 40 people aged 16-25 attend Magpie Dance group, which runs sessions at Bromley United Reformed Church.

Head of development and partnerships Sarah Cobley said: “Many young people with learning disabilities have communications issues, with some having little or no verbal communication.

“Dance, in a safe and supportive environment, gives them a means of non-verbal communication and creativity - it gives them a unique and expressive voice.”

Money from the grant will go toward musicians who support the dancer’s movements.

Ms Cobley explained the dancer can feel concerned if they miss a beat when dancing to recorded music.

But with live music following their movements, their confidence grows.

The development head continued: “One parent reported their daughter no longer needs to take anti-depressants and their doctor has been able to halve other medication.

“Nine out of 10 participants say their health and confidence have improved as a result of attending - three-quarters of attendees say they feel better about themselves and say they have felt better able to communicate with other people.”

“We have also had parents tell us that their child has become not only more communicative but also more empathetic.”

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