A PAISLEY organisation which gives people with disabilities the chance to experience different types of dance has received funding from the Ross and Liddell Community Bursary Scheme.
Wallace Co Wheelchair Dance is a recipient of the property management company’s fifth funding programme, which provides support to organisations all over Scotland.
The group was set up 10 years ago by Janette Burns and members have regularly taken part in competitions and demonstrations across the UK over the last decade.
Janette was inspired to set up the group after her daughter Marion took wheelchair dance classes at school and wanted to continue them
At the sessions, members get the chance to learn a selection of dance moves from different genres and also learn some top tips for enhancing fitness, relaxation and movement. Classes also help to relieve social isolation as participants build lasting friendships with fellow dancers.
The funding received from Ross and Liddell will be used to purchase sound equipment in preparation for forthcoming competitions, and will also help members build connections with dance students at the University of the West of Scotland to enhance performance opportunities.
Dance teacher Ruth Foster, said:
“Wallace Co Wheelchair Dance is a fantastic resource for wheelchair users and makes dancing accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of mobility.
“We provide an inclusive experience that’s focused on fun and fitness. Some members have been part of the group for 20 years, which shows what a lasting impact it has on individuals and families. We’re always delighted to welcome new members.
“This funding will help us to grow the group and the experience we provide for members as well as helping us to focus on performing and giving back to the local community.”
Members meet every Tuesday – except the first Tuesday of the month – at St Mary’s Primary School in Maxwellton Road, Paisley.
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its fifth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.
Wallace Co Wheelchair Dance is one of 31 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said:
“The bursary has really gone from strength to strength and the number of entries that we received for the 2015 scheme was fantastic.
“It’s so important that organisations like Wallace Co Wheelchair Dance have access to funding sources to ensure people living with mobility issues get the chance to experience dance and to build long-lasting friendships.
“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”
To find out more about Wallace Co Wheelchair Dance, email Ruth Foster via firstname.lastname@example.org