Report on South West Change4Life Dance Projects

A summary report from South West Change4Life Project, funded by a grant from the Department of Health, illustrated how:

• four mass participation dance projects got more than 10,000 people engaged in dance
• a SPAR store embraced Change4Life, getting local children ‘W(Rapping) their Way to a Healthier Future’
• local activity run by PCTs and community groups is helping to promote the Change4Life messages and behaviours
• cross-organisation partnership working is one of the positive outcomes of the project – a key part of its legacy.

The attached report, as well as a more detailed evaluation of the four mass participation dance projects prepared by Dr Kitrina Douglas of Bristol University, can also be accessed by visiting this link, and you will also be able to download other documents relating to the work of the Dance and Health Lead, Louise Portlock, including:

• case studies of nine South West dance and health projects which are being used to tackle health related issues specifically relevant to their localities
• a youth dance and health film
• ‘Dancing to Health’, a report summarising the evidence about how well dance programmes contribute to people’s physical and mental health
• an evaluation of the South West Regional Dance Lead’s role.

If you would like to find out more about the project, please contact either mark.patterson@gosw.gsi.gov.uk or Sue Curtis, the South West Change4Life Project’s Project Manager, on 0796 206 3883 Email: sue@citruscreative.co.uk or Louise Portlock on 0787 677 3775 Email: Louiseb1@gmx.com

You may also be interested to note that:
• an article about the project will be appearing in the Summer Edition of Dance UK News, published in June
• a case study about the whole Change4Life South West project is currently being prepared for Health Service Journal’s electronic Resource Centre.

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Originally posted: March 23rd, 2011


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