Exim Dance work to enable disadvantaged and disabled young people to participate in regular dance activities which help with the development of essential life skills.
At our recent Foundation meeting, the trustees voted in favour of a £4,500 grant which will be used to support the costs of dance sessions to children in the Plymouth area.
Natasha Sheridan, Plymouth branch manager, had the pleasure of visiting the CIC and learning about their work. She had this to say: “As a child I was fortunate to grow up in an area and family in which I had most things available for me to take advantage of. This project really has made me realise the importance of all children having these opportunities and support networks whilst growing up. It is truly heart-warming to witness the impact Exim could have on these children, no matter their background, disability or social standing. Being a part of this journey would be truly magnificent.”
Laura Francesca, Artistic Director said this about the recent grant: Exim Dance Company are ecstatic that they have received funding from Hays Travel Foundation towards our Communities Together Project supporting young people age 11-16 years from Plymouth areas of deprivation North Prospect, Stonehouse, Devonport and Ernesettle. The young people involved suffer from low confidence, mental health, come from low income families and ongoing barriers due to health or society difficulties. The young people and Exim are truly grateful for the support and the funding will go a long way.”
The funding will support and allow young people to access the dance sessions free of charge, partake in dance leadership accredited courses, be involved in community events and watch professional performances, which will be a first ever trip to the theatre for some of the participants.