Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Isca Wheelchair Dancers are a dance group based in Exeter, Devon who offer people with disabilities the opportunity to dance and socialise. The group is a "User Led Organisation". the Trustees and committee members are all disabled people and the group is for the benefit of disabled people.

We offer opportunities for social and physical activity through dance and welcome all people (wheelchair and non wheelchair users) and their carers or family and friends. The dance group is for anyone interested in dancing, regardless of ability and we have an age range from 17 to 80 years. Whether you walk, use a powered chair/manual chair, self propel or need someone to push you (or even guide you) we are a group of mixed abilities,

We enjoy all styles of dance from Ballroom to Modern. We mostly dance in formation either partnering another wheelchair user or a standing partner.

We have members who were once very able bodied and now can enjoy the pleasure of dance again through to members who are severely disabled and live in residential homes. We also have attracted members from the West of England School for the Visually Impaired and the Royal Academy for the Deaf College.

Some of our members have their own transport and others are brought to classes in the mini buses belonging to their schools or residences but there are some who live independently and need adapted taxis to transport them. We try to meet this expense for them. In order that our dancers can meet with other groups for social occasions and also enter in National Competitions we also have to meet the cost of a wheelchair adapted coach which costs several thousand pounds a time. All this on top of the cost of room hire, insurance, equipment, etc.

We are entirely dependent on charitable donations but to see the pleasure that our members get from moving to music in a dance formation and meeting with other members never fails to impress both those who see the group and those responsible for their welfare.

Our project, therefore, is to enable us to continue to provide this opportunity for those whose lifetime opportunities are so limited in a way that is both good for them physically, psychologically and socially.

Project Video

ISCA Wheelchair Dancers

With the help of a dedicated instructor our members have become confident in their ability to dance, to remember the moves and to have the confidence to demonstrate their new found skills to the public. We have won national competitions and we have shown that dance gives us new freedom and pleasure.

Location: Exeter