Supporting a range of arts activities which contribute positively to mental & physical health
Transported is working with health partners to pilot arts and health projects as a stepping stone to developing a new area of activity for the county, and are particularly keen to find new routes to funding to make this happen. We want to build on the success of previous projects such as Taking pART. Taking pART was funded by the Mental Health Promotion Fund through the Managed Care Network and Transported and was a series of arts workshops held in local libraries. The workshops were accessible to all members of the community with a special emphasis to integrate those experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. Several groups which formed as a result of Taking pART are still meeting.
We know that the arts can contribute to wellbeing and there is an increasing body of evidence to support this. We also know the sector is shrinking, and some health clients have been regular visitors to Transported events and workshops. In order to sustain the arts in Boston Borough and South Holland we will focus on ensuring service providers are aware of the value the arts can deliver and take steps to establish the partnership and expertise to be able to deliver. This is especially important as well as challenging in rural areas.
Aerial Dance Classes (delivered in partnership with the artsNK Dance Team)
Aerial Dance sessions teach ‘dance in the air’, using silks and hoops. There are currently classes in Boston at the Peter Paine Performance Centre (supported by Boston Borough Council) and at the South Holland Centre in Spalding. All classes are very popular and there is a waiting list for some of them. Participants learn new techniques on silks and hoop equipment which improves physical fitness, strength and flexibility (the ‘silks’ are two long pieces of fabric which you wrap around yourself whilst you create striking poses in the air).
The classes work out the entire body, improving strength, core and flexibility. They are great for building confidence too, as well as being fun and a very different challenge from your average workout or fitness class.
Dance + Disability Classes (delivered in partnership with the artsNK Dance Team)
This programme provides young people (aged 8 – 18) with disabilities with an opportunity to enjoy moving to music in a fun and safe environment, allowing them to feel more empowered within their communities and enjoy an increased level of wellbeing. Classes currently take place at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding. The sessions are open to all with learning and physical disabilities. The class covers a variety of styles, genres and movement explorations to encourage and develop co-ordination, mobility and fun!