Impact Report: Dance in Mental Health

Summer 2013.

 

Effervescent worked  with Mean Feet Dance, Somerset, supporting them to monitor and evaluate the impact of their dance and mental health project, One Step Forward.

 

After writing an action plan to capture soft and hard outcomes created by the weekly work, we interviewed participants, artists, and health professionals to capture the value of dancing for people who are isolated, vulnerable, or experiencing distress.

 

We discovered that the programme:

 

* Supported 149 adults to engage with dance workshops

* Helped people experiencing mental ill health across a spectrum of mild depression to acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to recover, develop self-maintenace strategies, and create positive new links with their communities

* Gave beneficiaries pathways into engaging with a wider mainstream arts offer

* Gave young dance practitioners excellent opportunities to develop new skills, confidence and career pathways

 

Contact us for a copy of the report.

 

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