Get Berkshire Active on behalf of Sport England (SE) are administering the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF). The TIF forms part of the Sport England's £210 million support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The results of the regular survey undertaken by Sport England revealed that certain groups were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it was significantly impacting their ability to be physically active.
In response to this research, the Tackling Inequalities Fund has been created to try and help reduce the negative impact on activity levels in these under-represented groups, with a specific focus on:
• Lower socio-economic groups
• Ethnically diverse communities
• Disabled people
• People with long-term health conditions.
GBA had previously supported 4Motion Dance with an Activate Project and were approached by their Director, Elaine Macey with two great projects.
4Motion is a creative arts, wellbeing and cultural CIC, established in 2006. They are a collective of likeminded people who share a vision – to help children, young people and adults stay moving, connected and feeling positive. As a community interest company (CIC), their mission is to create and deliver inclusive experiences that support people's physical and mental wellbeing. They do this by delivering accessible classes, workshops and training, online and face-to-face within social distance guidelines, that aim to forge partnerships, unite people and celebrate communities. 4Motion specialises in delivering inclusive dance, yoga, fitness and wellbeing classes, projects and training in primary, secondary and special education schools, and community settings. Between March-December 2020 they worked with and engaged over 4500 children, young people and adults through their online 4Motion Online Community.
The first project; 'Stay Connected; Keep Moving" started in July 2020 and ended in December 2020. 1950 people were engaged through a £2500 TIF ward. The funding received from GBA enabled 4Motion to reach nearly 2000 people between July-December 2020, of all ages, abilities.
Activities included: Youth Ambassadors: Weekly fun Tik Tok chats with 8 youth ambassadors - Weekly Check In & Chats: Supporting 16 staff & volunteers - Weekly Wellbeing Workshops: Wellbeing strategies to support mental health - Dance Unite: Weekly dance class for 12-14 YP with learning disabilities - Free classes for NHS & key workers - Arts Award Course: An accredited summer course for 9 YP with learning disabilities - Free Family Disco: An hour of none-stop dancing in your home! - The 4Motion Dancing Advent: 1500 people dancing our festive flash mob dance - Hybrid, online and face-to-face classes.
"The 4Motion Disco makes lockdown bearable! Thank you for looking after us."
Due to the success of the Stay Connected: Keep Moving project, 4Motion were then awarded with another grant of £4800 to run a project called 'TOGETHER WE MOVE'. This started in August 2020 and ended in December 2020. 20 schools, 600 students, 14 teachers were engaged. The project involved planning, choreographing, filming and producing six 45-minute Together We Move videos and schemes of work. The aim of this project was to support primary and secondary school students to stay active, creative and have fun as a community after returning to school in September. The dance was called 'New Beginnings' and focuses on reintegrating back into the school environment after the pandemic, celebrating friendships and coming together as a class. Students learnt the sections over a 6- week period, each video includes specific warm up exercises, a breakdown of the dance, choreography tasks, cool down and a lesson plan for the teacher. The videos include demonstrations from two 4Motion teachers, one using a wheelchair and one standing, offering variations for all abilities.
"I now have a wider bank of movements to create other dances, all well practised and revised . Elaine is a great coach, I love the variety of adaptations she has given us. I'm looking forward to using the dance with our more able ambulant students this week".
4Motion Online Community is 1 Year Old from 4Motion Dance on Vimeo.