During the autumn of 2015, DUY was approached by Bradford Families First to undertake a piece of work with women at risk. This led to a new partnership with ‘Staying Put’ and the Families First initiative ‘Enough is Enough’. Women were referred from both organisations to form a small dance group which performed at the Alhambra Studio.
Since the conclusion of the pilot project, DUY has continued to engage with vulnerable groups of women across Bradford and the company now has 12 committed attendees who meet each Wednesday morning at 10am and performed at 3 events in 2018. A free crèche is provided in order to remove one of the potential barriers for mums wishing to access high quality arts. Please contact Helen Linsell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07775 334098) for more details.
“Dance has been a way for women to let go and rebuild themselves without stigma and labelling. The sessions bring women from all different backgrounds together in a safe place with the support of child care facilities. The level of support and work put into the sessions is apparent and long lasting.”
Misbah Ali, Legal Assistant and Development Worker for Staying Put (2017)