Life­line cash helps keep cir­cle group to­gether

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ADANCE group which helps peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues has been saved from clo­sure thanks to a com­mu­nity grant.

The Cir­cle Danc­ing Group acts as a form of ther­apy for peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and has a calm­ing ef­fect so peo­ple feel re­laxed.

The Mac­cles­field group is run by Brazil­ian cir­cle dance teacher and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Ana Borges da Costa, who has taken classes since the group was set up more than a decade ago.

The group has been awarded £1,543 from the Cheshire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, which means it will be able to con­tinue to run classes ev­ery other Thurs­day at Elim Church in Mac­cles­field.

Sheila Wray, trea­surer, said: “Cir­cle danc­ing is said to re­lieve stress and have a calm­ing ef­fect so peo­ple feel re­laxed at the end of a ses­sion.

“There are var­i­ous chore­ogra­phies, per­formed in cir­cles or lines, and it’s an im­por­tant so­cial ac­tiv­ity for mem­bers who make new friends.

“With­out the do­na­tion we’d have stopped the classes be­cause we couldn’t af­ford to carry on. The grant helps us with room hire and other costs.”

Cheshire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has sup­ported more than 520 projects since it was set up in early 2012, award­ing a to­tal of £1.8m to not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions such as char­i­ties, com­mu­nity groups and so­cial en­ter­prises.

He­len O’Don­nell, chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We help in­spire lo­cal phi­lan­thropy and in­vest money in grass roots or­gan­i­sa­tions. We help peo­ple who want to give back to the places in which they live, con­nect­ing them to the lo­cal com- mu­nity. Our role is help them in­vest in that com­mu­nity in an in­tel­li­gent and im­pact­ful way.”

If you would like to join the group con­tact Ana on 07979 296057.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cheshire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion call 01606 330607 or email grants@cheshirecom­mu­ni­ty­foun­da­tion.org.uk.

●● The Cir­cle Danc­ing Group has been handed a £1,500 grant to help pay for classes

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