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Preston neuro-moves awarded £64,209 lottery funding to continue helping people with Parkinson’s

Posted on - 18th December, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Helen Gould, co-founder of LPM Dance at a Neuro-Moves session. Photo by Johnny Bean
Helen Gould, co-founder of LPM Dance at a neuro-noves session. Pic: Johnny Bean

LPM Dance, a group running classes for people with Parkinson’s since 2021, has received £64,209 in funding from the National Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund.

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The donation will enable the programme to continue for another two years in Preston and will see LPM launching similar classes across East Lancashire.

Around 15 people with Parkinson’s attend the ‘Connect & Flow’ classes at UCLan weekly. The sessions will also be available to people with other neurological conditions such as MS and dementia.

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People travel for miles to attend the sessions in Preston, which some have said are the highlight of their week as they give them a chance to socialise as well as dance.

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The gentle dance and movement sessions are led by Dr Mel Brierley. Research has shown that it helps with coordination and mobility problems often associated with Parkinson’s as well as also improving general well-being.

Dr Brierley said: “For people with Parkinson’s, damage to neurons in the brain reduces the neurotransmitter dopamine, widely impacting the nervous system

“Dance seems to manage many of the movement-related symptoms: muscle rigidity, balance and smooth patterns of walking but equally, dance improves people’s mood, confidence and ability to manage the symptoms.”

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One participant said: “I forget that my hand shakes because nobody cares and everyone understands.”

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LPM Dance is a not-for-profit organisation launched in Lancaster in 2011. They have expertise in using dance to improve health and well-being, and have specialist training in dance and Parkinson’s Disease, dance and dementia, and dance and movement psychotherapy.

For more information and to book sessions, visit LPM Dance.

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