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Prescribing dance and wellbeing to beat social isolation in east durham

A “prescription” of dancing and wellbeing classes are helping to combat social isolation in

County Durham, thanks to funding from believe housing.  

Run by Nuvo Wellbeing, around 40 people from Horden and Easington will benefit from the Active Advantage Social Prescribing and Volunteering Programme.

GPs and social care workers will prescribe people activities and sessions in their local

communities to improve their wellbeing, such as dancercise classes and fitness groups.

This includes Nuvo Wellbeing’s Active Advantage classes, where people of all ages and abilitiestake part in a mix of aerobics and jazz steps sessions to increase their fitness while having fun.

People in Horden and Easington can also sign up for the classes without being prescribed by theirGP or social care worker.

At least six people taking part in the classes will also have the chance to complete a Level 2

seated dance and exercise training course and take up volunteering opportunities, improving theiremployability skills.

Natalie Jones, Project and Communications Manager for Nuvo Wellbeing, said: “Thanks to thesupport from believe housing, Nuvo is delighted to bring the joy of dance back to Easington andHorden, where our journey began 15 years ago.

“The Active Advantage programme marks a significant milestone in our commitment to enhancing wellbeing through partnerships with others in our community. We are thrilled to offer free weekly dance sessions, training, and volunteer opportunities to residents, ensuring that physical activity and wellbeing become accessible to all. believe housing’s invaluable funding has empowered us to make a positive impact, and we’re grateful for their partnership in fostering a healthier and happier community.” 

The Active Advantage scheme was supported by believe housing’s community investment

programme. A £9,940 grant from the organisation’s Revenue Community Grant was able to help deliver the classes in Horden and Easington.

Kimberley Batey, Community Investment Coordinator for believe housing, said: “We are committed to providing a positive change to the communities that we serve. So we were delighted to provide funding for Nuvo Wellbeing’s classes in Horden and Easington, as these will provide people in the area the chance to get moving, meet likeminded people and improve their overall wellbeing.” 

Earlier this month, believe housing’s approach to partnership working was recognised with an excellence award at the Nuvo Wellbeing 15th Anniversary Awards, which shone a spotlight on individuals and organisations going above and beyond to promote wellbeing in the community.

Nuvo Wellbeing’s Active Advantage classes take place at Horden Youth and Community Centre every Thursday, from 2pm until 2.45pm, and at Easington Welfare Hall every Monday, from 1pm.For more information about believe housing’s Community Investment programme,visit 




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