Students spring into action for care home dance project


Students from New College Lanarkshire have discovered a passion for dance through volunteering at a Motherwell care home.

Learners in the College’s Faculty of Supported Learning worked in partnership with inclusive dance project Indepen-dance and disability charity Leonard Cheshire in Scotland on the inter-generational dance project.

Over the course of eight weeks, students visited the Parksprings Care Home to befriend residents whilst learning dance skills with Indepen-dance.

The students and residents learned to move in a variety of ways and to incorporate musical instruments and props.

The project culminated in a performance of a devised dance routine at the care home for family, friends and guests from the local community.

The initiative was organised as part of the ‘Can Do Building Communities Project’, which is a skills development activity-based programme for young people aged 16–35 with additional support needs.

Amanda Muncie, Programme Coordinator of Can Do Glasgow for Leonard Cheshire in Scotland, said: “The students completed their Can Do Building Communities Project by completing 16 hours attending Parksprings Care Home learning dance skills from Indepen-dance.

“During this time they completed an activity diary reflecting on what they had taken part in and what they enjoyed.

“The group built relationships with each other, breaking down generational barriers by having two things in common: the love for music and the love for having fun.

“Everyone wanted the project to continue as they were all having so much fun.”

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