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Friendship Hub & Dance for Parkinson’s

11th October 2018

This autumn, The National Centre for Craft and Design, working with artsNK has launched two new regular sessions; one to combat loneliness and isolation amongst older and vulnerable adults and another to help people living with Parkinson’s to get and stay more active.

Through taking part in craft activities and getting creative with other local people in a relaxed and friendly environment, we hope that these sessions will result in building long-lasting social connections and improve overall wellbeing.

One of the Friendship Hub facilitators, Visual Arts Coordinator, Lucy Lumb, says:

“We really want to open up NCCD to everyone, and make sure we’re serving our local community well.  It’s important that we can offer simple, regular sessions for people feeling alone or unconnected and give them a chance to try new things and make new friends. This is a bit of an experiment to see what people will enjoy most and what’d they’d like to continue”

Starting in mid-September, our weekly Dance for Parkinson’s class has been a huge success with groups of around fifteen joining the NCCD Dance team every Monday from 11am-12noon. The sessions are friendly and informal and have been tailored especially for people living with Parkinson’s, their family and carers.

Emily Sutton, NCCD’s Dance Coordinator who organises the classes sees this kind of activity as vital:

 “There are so many reasons to move and to dance and the benefits are far reaching. For those living with Parkinson’s, dance can have real physical, mental and social benefits. Sessions support participants to develop strength, co-ordination and balance whilst providing an opportunity for creativity and release in a fun and relaxed environment.”  

So far the classes which cater for all abilities and participants with mobility restrictions have been a huge success. Gina Macphie, a regular attendee at Dance for Parkinson’s, says:


“It’s brilliant! I’m learning my limitations and how to improve them. It’s interactive, social and above all FUN!”

The support and popularity of the Dance for Parkinson’s and the Friendship Hub has been overwhelming and has seen plans for the class to continue well into 2019 as part of NCCD’s spring season.

 “The sessions have proved hugely popular since they started in September, so we know that there is a need for this here in Sleaford and we are really excited to be supporting our local community here at NCCD in this way.” adds Emily.


Friendship Hub

Thu 18 Oct & 22 Nov, 1-3pm (Further dates TBC)

Free, drop-in session, no need to book


Dance for Parkinson’s

Every Mon, 11am-12noon (term-time only)
Free, please book – email:

(sessions are currently full, but we have a waiting list open)

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