East London Dance project will aid young people’s mental health
- Credit: Archant
A dance participation scheme will be one of many activities to support the mental health of young people in the borough over the next few months.
East London Dance, which is based in Stratford, will work with London Youth and Sadler’s Wells for a 18-month project from February to help children aged 10 to 16 with emerging mental health difficulties.
Kirsty Anderson-Tyrrell, creative producer, participation and events at East London Dance, said: “Through our participation programme, East London Dance aims to provide progression routes for all young people of east London.
“The [commissioned] HeadStart project will allow us to identify and connect with this specific group of young people, taking them on a progressive dance journey with us.”
HeadStart Newham, led by Newham Council, is a £10 million Big Lottery-funded initative set up to aid young people’s mental wellbeing.
You may also want to watch:
The funding was announced during last year’s Recorder Minds Matter campaign, which aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Since its September launch, the programme has supported 250 students at eight secondary schools and 20 primary schools.
- 1 Jailed man caught with knife in Stratford to be handed court order
- 2 Cause of death remains unknown after body found in disused Forest Gate pub
- 3 Thames Barrier closing for 200th time amid potential east London flooding
- 4 Man given community order for 26 counts of criminal damage after scratching name into property
- 5 Forest Gate triple shooting: 'Safety is everybody's business,' councillor says
- 6 Body found in derelict pub in Forest Gate
- 7 Worshippers at mosque in Upton Park aim to raise £35k for Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2021
- 8 'Cheating surge': Dating site reveals how many people are having affairs in your area
- 9 Newham mathematician to fill in for Countdown presenter and expectant mum Rachel Riley
- 10 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
Up to 600 young people will benefit from activities run after school, at weekends and during school holidays over the next 18 months.
These include an eight week creative song writing course plus specialist and digital arts courses ranging from screen printing to animation. A multi-sports programme will also feature.
Alongside this, an eight-week ‘being a parent’ course is being offered to parents of children aged nine to 16.
Call Penny Phillips on 020 3373 4252 or email email@example.com for more.