We have been working with the Treehouse Hospice since 2012 providing a range of diverse experiences for young people with life threatening conditions and their families to experience great dance.
“We have developed a positive working partnership with DanceEast – introducing sick and severely disabled children and their families to the world of dance. The impact has been tremendous for our families. Many of whom would never have thought their children would have got so much from attending performances and participating in movement workshops”.
Stephanie Graham – Care Manager, EACH hospice
Our partnership with the Treehouse Hospice developed through a three-year START project funded by the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts – the programme aimed to break down barriers by creating welcoming and accessible venues for all to experience the richness of the arts. The START programme has created a lasting legacy, our relationship with the Treehouse Hospice has been strengthened over the years and our Hospice Dance Days embedded into the hospices yearly programme of activities.
Hospice Dance Days benefit not only the young hospice users, but also their siblings, parents, grandparents, carers and the hospice staff team and more recently bereaved families. Hospice Dance Days typically include the opportunity for families to attend a professional performance in our studio theatre, meet and greet the performing company, take part in creative workshops and socialise with other families over lunch.
Our aim is to provide positive, lasting and happy memories and to continue to build direct and enduring relationships with the young people and the families that can exist independently of the hospice, extending beyond their period of involvement with the hospice.
To continue delivering Hospice Dance Days we need raise funds to support the programme. You can help us engage more young hospice users and their families by making a donation today. And thanks to Arts Council England Catalyst: Evolve your donation will be matched £1 for £1 – doubling its value.
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To donate click here.
To find out more about the Prince’s Foundation HOSPICE START Programme click here.