Leicestershire Culture, Health and Wellbeing Development

Leicestershire Culture, Health and Wellbeing Development

Dance4 working in partnership locally
Dance4 has been working strategically with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Partnership (CHWP) for Leicestershire since 2011.

The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Partnership is a partnership led by Leicestershire County Council and is supported by NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland,Big Difference Company, Mantle Arts and Dance4.

Through the work the CHWP aim to;

·      Champion Culture

·      Build Partnership Working

·      Encourage Participation

·      Support the Health Community

They do this by using the framework of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ to argue the case for culture as a deliverer for health and wellbeing.

·      The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population. They were developed by nef (the new economics foundation) in 2008 as the result of a commission by Foresight, the UK government’s futures think-tank, as part of the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The partnership formed in 2011 to deliver a celebration of arts, culture and heritage highlighting the ways in which they contribute to individual and collective wellbeing. Wellbeing Wednesdays took place during October in 2012. http://leicestershire-wellbeing.co.uk/

Starting October 2013 Dance4 will be supporting a pilot participatory dance programme across the Leicestershire district of Blaby.  Working to support local voluntary arts organisation, Active Arts, the programme will support the over arching theme of  'Aging Well'.  Artists Oksana Tyminska (Nottingham) and Liz Clark (Loughborough) will be working with local groups and people to explore dance in their communities - working towards a local celebration of dancing together and aging well.  Oksana and Liz will be drawing on the themes and successes of their work 'Shiny' developed as Turned on It's Head, to explore the theme and bring new audiences and particpants to dance.