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Cosyfeet Community Award
Our annual Community Award is available to registered charities or not-for-profit organisations working on projects within the UK that support and enrich older people’s lives.
Winners of the 2016 Cosyfeet Community Award
We’re delighted to announce that Suffolk Disabled Anglers’ Forum is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Award 2016. The charity has won £500 towards the cost of equipment and bait.
Over 60s Dance Group Wins Award
YAMA, an over 60s dance performance company based in Bath, is this year’s winner of the Cosyfeet Community Award for Somerset. The £500 award will be used to help fund transport to dance events around the country.
Yama Dance attracts a range of members in their 60s and 70s who either danced in their youth or who are learning to dance for the first time. This highly successful group was established to fill an opportunity gap for mature dancers. It recognises that dance is not just about keeping fit. It’s about vibrant social interaction and maintaining a strong sense of wellbeing.
Supported by Bath Dance and the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), the company’s Artistic Director is Anna Heighway.
‘There are many dance groups aimed at younger people, but almost none at all for the over 60s,” says Anna. “Our members are passionate about dance and we are proud to be promoting the visibility of this age group though performance.”
Yama Dance has 35 members and meets weekly at the Bath University dance studio. New members are always welcome. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners of the 2014 Cosyfeet Community Award
Priory Knit Wits won last year’s national award. Based in Newton Stewart, the group meets every week for a chat, a cuppa and to knit for a host of good causes at home and abroad.
Shipham Active Living won the local award. The group offers a varied programme to older people in the community. Activities include cooking for one, exercise classes, card making and willow weaving.
Winners of the 2015 Cosyfeet Community Award
Regenerate-RISE are the winners of our national award. They aim to eradicate loneliness and isolation among older people. They plan to use the £500 towards their ‘Dream Wall’ initiative. Clients can write their ‘dream’ on the ‘Dream Wall’ and the charity does its best to fulfil it. Past ‘dreams’ have included a visit to the cinema, a shopping trip and a horse riding lesson.
The Golden-Oldies Charity are the winners of our local award. They organise daytime sing-along and activity sessions for older and vulnerable people living in social isolation. The £500 award will enable them to continue to run sessions in Street and Shepton Mallet, covering the cost of session leaders and venue hire.
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