Funding from the National Lottery and Parkinson's UK is helping a Lancashire-based dance company to deliver more dancing sessions for people living with the condition.
LPM Dance has been running classes for the Preston Parkinson's community since 2021 and has now received extra funding to expand its programme.
Support from Parkinson's UK will help LPM's Neuro-Moves programme to continue for another 2 years in the north-west. In February 2024, LPM Dance will launch similar classes in East Lancashire. And there are plans to deliver additional taster sessions across the north-west.
Dancing is not only a great social activity, but it is also shown to help improve coordination and mobility for people living with Parkinson's, as well as helping to improve wellbeing and lifting people's moods.
People travel from miles around to attend the sessions in Preston which give them a chance to socialise as well as dance. Many have said the classes are the highlight of their week.
Speaking about the dance sessions, Helen Gould, co-founder of LPM Dance, said:
"We are absolutely delighted to have received funding from the National Lottery and Parkinson's UK to help develop our Neuro-Moves programme for communities in Lancashire."
Tim Morton, Physical Activity Programme Lead at Parkinson's UK, said:
"Being active is one of the best ways to manage Parkinson’s symptoms as regular physical activity can improve both long-term physical and mental wellbeing. Plus, activities like dance offer great social opportunities for people with Parkinson's to enjoy."