Local Dance Company To Benefit From Co-op Fund

CoDa Dance to use funds to run sessions at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

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CoDa Dance Company has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

It is currently raising funds to run weekly dance sessions for people with Acquired Brain Injury at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

Since 2013 CoDa Dance Company has been delivering weekly ‘Dance Rehab’ workshops for people with neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Acquired Brain Injury, using dance as a tool for physiotherapy. It says its workshops leave participants and carers feeling more positive, connected, confident and mobile.

Elise Phillips, Executive Producer at CoDa Dance Company said, “Neurodisabled people often experience social isolation due to the constant shifts in mobility, perception, speech, and energy. During lockdown, many have been shielding or in solitary isolation for far longer than the general population. These extended periods of time with little to no social contact or movement/exercise can lead to increased anxiety and negative thinking, a reduction in range of movement and independent mobility, a deterioration in cognitive function, and ultimately a reduction in positive health outcomes. “

CoDa Dance Company’s in person ‘Dance Rehab’ sessions stopped abruptly in March 2020. Some community support organisations were forced to close or put staff on furlough, with some centres still not open to support neurodisabled people to live independent lives in the community. Some hospitals had to stop all visitors and isolate patients in their individual rooms - measures that are still in place to ensure their safety from contagion.

CoDa sought out ways to keep delivering these vital movement sessions in a socially distanced way. It now runs online sessions on three wards in hospitals, to in-patients ranging from moderately to severely disabled. Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists at the hospital are pleased to have the activity back on the wards and have seen first-hand the participants reactions; ‘Patients' mood is lifted and interaction between group members is improved. There is smiling and laughter and patients are looking up and engaging with others.’

To help CoDA raise vital funds to continue these online sessions, it is relying on Co-op customers. When they buy selected branded products and services, the Co-op will give a helping hand to local causes including CoDa.

Co-op members can select CoDa as their local cause by visiting this link.

Elise added, “At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference in the Putney area.”

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December 18, 2020

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