Strictly Friendship

The Wellness through dance programme has been set up in direct response of the government campaign for tackling loneliness. Studies have found that the UK is the loneliness country in Europe, and it is believed that there are 9 million lonely people, 4 million of these are older people.


Teresa May acknowledged “That loss of social contact is incredibly damaging to our humanity and to the health and wellbeing of everyone affected. Indeed, research now shows that loneliness is as damaging to our physical health as smoking.”


The statistic that 200,000 adults in the UK can go up to a month without talking to someone, is a statistic that at Wellness through dance finds alarming and wants to improve.


Loneliness is being increasingly recognised as one of our most pressing health issues facing modern society. There is now research that shows loneliness is often linked to early deaths the same as we see in obesity and smoking. The risk doesn’t just end there, it has also been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s, depression and cognitive decline and an increased risk of people suffering from coronary heart disease and strokes.


Loneliness doesn’t just affect the elderly it affects teenagers going away to university, young mums, carers, recently bereaved and socially isolated adults.  More importantly, we need to acknowledge that loneliness can affect anyone at any stage of their life.


In the Strategy for tackling loneliness, brought out by the government, their vision is “for this country to be a place where we can all have strong social relationships. Where families, friends and communities support each other, especially at vulnerable points where people are at greater risk of loneliness.” 


The Wellness through dance programme is looking at using dance not to just bring people together in a fun social way, but also looking at the health benefits it can offer to people of any age and physical ability.


A recent article in the Daily Mail Sep 2019, suggested that the elderly should be prescribed ballroom dancing. It is believed that dancing can help with loneliness and cut the risk of falls. Ballroom dancing can help with people’s core strength and ankle strength, which in turn helps people keep their balance and reducing the risk of falls.


Dancing can help people to connect with others and reduce their feelings of isolation. Music has been known to stimulate memories and help uplift people’s moods. Dancing can also improve self-esteem, body image, coping ability and overall sense of wellbeing. 

Starts Thursday 31 October at 11.30 for Tea & Biscuits and a chat 
(dancing starts at 12.00)
Please call us on 01245 332030 
8 Week session - 50% Subsidised, so just £25 per person for the full 8 Weeks!


At the Chelmsford Dance Centre, 3 The Old Coachworks, 38 Church Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7HY

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