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June 1, 2016

Young at Arts: An Afternoon of Dance

Photos by David Lindsay

Since September 2015, the Young at Arts partnership have been delivering all sorts of cultural and artistic activities, including creative writing, theatre, singing, and dance. The goal is to engage older people who may be socially isolated, with new creative opportunities as a way to get involved with their communities. 

The project has seen great successes so far, and we expect it to keep growing from strength to strength. 

On Friday, 27 May, they offered An Afternoon of Dance, a free event as part of the Meanwood Festival. They hoped to reach out to new members who might be interested in coming along to other activities. 

Approximately 80 older adults came together at Meanwood Community Centre to dance their troubles away, accompanied by the fabulous Citizens’ Orchestra, who played a range of tunes from jazz to ballroom to rock’n’roll.

The day also included a raffle of prizes all donated by Young at Arts volunteers; up for grabs were bouquets of fresh flowers, boxes of chocolates, a bottle of wine and more. 

One attendee said the event was “very well organised and presented with lots of good support from volunteers. It was good to see so many golden age people enjoying themselves. It’s nice to know that they are not forgotten.”

If you would like to find out more about Young at Arts, please get in touch with project worker Shabina Aslam:
0113 243 8765