We did it
On 23rd March 2021 we successfully raised £12,633 ( + est. £648.00 Gift Aid ) with 147 supporters in 35 days

We'll create a superb resource library of specialist dance & movement classes to help kids & adults with learning disabilities stay active.

by Ali Golding CEO MovementWorks in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

While our initial target will cover the up front production costs associated with creating a MovementWorks Library, everything we can now raise over and above will be used to enhance the project by developing and adding content - making this a meaningful lasting resource. 

With your help any additional funds raised beyond our stretch target will add even more value by helping us to directly support our beneficiaries with brand new projects when face to face delivery is allowed to recommence. 

Extended restrictions have impacted physical health and emotional well being. Never before has there been such a need for this work. Thank you for your continued support.  


What we do

We provide high-quality movement and dance education across London. We make these experiences an avenue for addressing inequality; specifically targeting those in financial hardship, children, young and older people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties such as autism and people from diverse backgrounds.

We aim for our programmes to be accessible knowing that both education and health inequality is largely influenced by inclusive opportunities. 

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This project will help us build an online resource that supports the health and emotional resilience of the most vulnerable and challenged communities and provides a valuable learning tool. 

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About this project and why we must take 'action' now

With the help of emergency grant funding, during the Covid-19 crisis we've been able to adapt our service and offer 'MovementWorks Online', a live delivery programme of specialist classes that support learning through movement while addressing physical and mental well-being. As well as supporting our existing beneficiaries, we have grown a new audience of over 1000 with these remote sessions. 

Our grant funding will soon be coming to an end but demand has sky-rocketed.  We're aware of the call for an 'on-demand' service for those who find it difficult to commit to a set time and need a more flexible approach. A MovementWorks library would be a new initiative, an expansion of our existing offer and allow high-quality filmed pre-recorded sessions to support even more people. With your help we'll create up to 28 professionally-recorded sessions with our specialist trainers that support vulnerable children and adults, their parents and carers and continue to grow the numbers of those we're able support both during and beyond  this pandemic. 

Even before Covid-19 an inactive population was a big issue, with the  British Heart Foundation reporting that less than 20% of children and young people were achieving the recommended daily amount of physical activity. 

The World Health Organisation has highlighted concerns that the restrictions and lockdowns have heavily impacted children's physical development to the extent that many have regressed in fundamental skills. This reveals the importance of movement-based education more than ever.

As so many of our beneficiaries are from communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic our work focuses on the specific challenges these communities face through our flagship programmes Developmental Dance Movement® and Autism Movement Therapy®, together with complementary sessions such as stress busting Laughter Yoga, Sensory Movement for children with complex needs and Storytelling Yoga combining early literacy with physical development which have featured culturally diverse and inclusive stories, some of them read by the original authors. 

To give you a better idea of the age range and levels of ability we're able to provide for and the uniqueness of our services visit: 

https://www.movementworks.org/movementworks-online-sessions/MovementWorks Online 

To find more about the scope of our work and our impact you can explore other pages on our site such as our published research and our current projects supported by BBC Children in Need and The London Mayor's Fund. 

If this has sparked your interest in the science behind the relationship between movement and learning and you have a spare twenty minutes you can watch our CEO Ali Golding deliver her TED Talk here:  

What people are saying

Our beneficiaries and their parents/carers  have told us that our online sessions are just as effective and engaging and a great addition to our in-person delivery. These sessions have:

  • Improved mental health and wellbeing.
  • Supported home schooling and special education. 
  • Improved self-confidence.
  • Improved physical health and dexterity.
  • Reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation.

"He tries very hard to copy the actions and to sing and sign as well. Your sessions are helping him greatly with his learning and confidence and are good exercise.Parent of an autistic child.

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"Thank you for all the virtual sessions you have enabled our children and families to access during lockdown. They have really enjoyed and valued theseCommunity Nursery School, South East London. 

"Nothing like a boogie in the afternoon to get us all moving and have a giggle! Thanks @MovementWorksEd for great sessionShare Community, a charity supporting those with physical and learning disabilities and mental health needs. 

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We're committed to improving life chances through movement and dance. 

In 2020 we were finalists for two prestigious national awards 

London Sports Awards for 'Children and Young People' AND One Dance UK Awards for 'Inspirational Work in Education and Outreach' 

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Your full donation will go towards content development and producing this project. #MovementWorks - thank you! 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Spring Clean with a Virtual Decluttering Session

As a thank you for your generosity, transform your home with a virtual decluttering session worth £35. Spend an hour online with professional organiser Karen Storey (home-space.biz) as she advises you how to deal with the clutter that’s accumulated during lockdown or gives you organising tips to make working from home easier. Whatever the issue, with over a decade’s experience Karen can help you make the most of your home.

£5 or more

£5 Mention

Thank you for your kind donation, it will really help us make a difference to young people's lives. And to show our appreciation all donators who provide us with their name will have it added to our dedicated web page.

£10 or more

£10 Shout out!

Thank you for your support. Please leave your name in the comments so we can give you a personal shout out on our social media channels.

£12 or more

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Limited Edition Printed Tote Bag

We're really grateful for your contribution and to thank you we'll be sending you a limited edition printed tote bag "I supported #MovementWorks through the #AvivaCommunityFund". If you'd like to send us a picture of you using it we'd be delighted to share it on our socials.

£15 or more

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Better for you chocolate! 20% Discount Code

For helping us, now treat yourself to chocolate, guilt free! Perfect for Vegans, Foodies, people with allergies, anyone looking to avoid high Cholesterol or anyone who values good health. A nourishing treat with added micronutrients. No Gluten, Dairy, Nuts, Yeast, Artificial Colouring, Preservatives, Sulphides, GMO. No refined sugar - and no compromise on quality & taste! Handmade lovingly and with care by award winning nono-cocoa.com

£25 or more

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Ltd Edition PrintedTote bag plus Pin Badge Selfie

We really appreciate your help towards reaching our target and to thank you in addition to our tote bag we'll send you a limited edition MovementWorks pin badge. If you'd like to send us a picture of you wearing it we'd be delighted to share it on our socials.

£25 or more

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Joanne De Pace Design Studio 20% Discount Code

For your wonderful support in helping us to reach our target you're able to claim 20% on products from Joanne De Pace Design Studio (joannedepace.com) Take look at her fabulous designs. You'll be spoilt for choice for Art Prints, Beeswax Candles and Wraps, fabulous Individual Kitchen Items and Gift Sets.

£25 or more

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Virtual Singing Lesson

To thank you for helping to bring music & movement into young people's lives spend an hour with professional singer song writer Paris Ruel (@parisruel). Paris signed his first record contract at 19 & was an acclaimed BBC Fame Academy finalist. As well as performing internationally, Paris provides vocal and song writing master classes. He has 100% pass rate for students entered for exams.

£30 or more

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Exclusive MovementWorks Tee Selfie

We so appreciate this generous donation that we'll be sending you an Exclusive MovementWorks T-Shirt. If you'd like to send us a picture of you wearing it we'd be delighted to share it on our socials. P.S they look great on teddies too!

£45 or more

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Pamper Packs

How beautiful of you to help. We have 3 Pamper Pack Rewards of Arbonne products worth over £90 each. What's the big deal about this brand? A holistic approach to beauty health and wellbeing. All products are Vegan, Cruelty Free, Formulated without harmful chemicals. Kindly donated by Ella Harper Executive National Vice President. (See the range at ellaharper.arbonne.com)

£45 or more

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Personal Training Session with gift

For gifting the benefits of movement spend 1 hour with semi-pro footballer and qualified personal fitness instructor Myles to help you create meaningful and attainable goals with Resistance, Cardio Training, Padwork, Circuit Training, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Sports Specific Training and Wellbeing Practices. A Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (ParQ) will be provided plus a pack of Energy Sticks. Value £100

£75 or more

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Your Biography in print!

To thank you for helping us create a lasting resource, delight your family with a beautiful hardback book of your life story! Autodotbiography.com is an online system guaranteed to create a treasure trove of your memories. It's a virtual ghost writer & book designer - all you have to do is answer questions, upload photos & documents and Autodotbiography does the rest, turning your words & pictures into a beautiful hardback book. Value £250

£100 or more

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Bespoke session of your choice

Thank you for being a 'super' donator to our cause. In recognition of this huge help we'd like to offer you to a bespoke individual or group virtual session. This reward can be for yourself or any nominated individual or group of your choice.

£150 or more

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Half Day Workshop

You're amazing! As a massive thank you for your support we'd like to reward your generosity with a Half Day MovementWorks workshop worth £225. You may choose any London based venue for a face to face workshop or a nominate a virtual workshop for any school, nursery or community group.

£250 or more

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Half Day Training Workshop

Awesome! Your donation will make such a difference to us making this project a reality. We'd like to reward you by making a difference to a school, nursery or community group you really care about by offering a Half Day Group Training Workshop (Face to face or virtual depending on location). This will train the staff to be able to better support the children and young people in their care with some of our specialist knowledge and activities.

£500 or more

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2 Day Training Workshop

Wow! Thank you for this huge boost towards our target. We'd like to offer a free place on our celebrated 2 Day Training Course. The training workshop is suitable for anyone interested in the body-brain connection or who would like to learn more about how movement supports learning and individuals with special needs. You may nominate yourself, a member of your school/nursery staff or anyone else you know would benefit.

£18 or more

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24 Rainbow Chocolate Box

Special thank you! A 24 Rainbow Chocolate Box - Perfect for Vegans, Foodies, people with allergies, anyone looking to avoid high Cholesterol or anyone who values good health. A nourishing treat with added micronutrients. No Gluten, Dairy, Nuts, Yeast, Artificial Colouring, Preservatives, Sulphides, GMO. No refined sugar - and no compromise on quality & taste! Handmade in small batches, lovingly and with care by award winning nono-cocoa.com

£20 or more

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His & Hers Arbonne rewards: Hers MakeUp Palette

How beautiful of you to help. We have one His and one Hers reward options of Arbonne beauty products worth over £40. What's the big deal about this brand? A holistic approach to beauty health and wellbeing. All products are Vegan, Cruelty Free, Formulated without harmful chemicals. Kindly donated by Ella Harper Executive National Vice President. (See the range at ellaharper.arbonne.com)

£20 or more

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£20 His & Hers Arbonne rewards: His REN Toiletries

How beautiful of you to help. We have one His and one Hers reward options of Arbonne beauty products worth over £40. What's the big deal about this brand? A holistic approach to beauty health and wellbeing. All products are Vegan, Cruelty Free, Formulated without harmful chemicals. Kindly donated by Ella Harper Executive National Vice President. (See the range at ellaharper.arbonne.com)

£20 or more

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Children's Book Bundle

Perfect for back to school preparation this Children’s Book Bundle worth £40 includes: Sue Atkins, the Parenting Expert ‘The Can-Do Kids Journal’ Laura Henry-Allain ‘Starting School’ Conversation Cards While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLauglin Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson Kindly sponsored by EYMatters.co.uk

£35 or more

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Childcare Book Bundle

We care that you care! This Early Years Childcare Book Pack worth £70 includes: Helping Children Develop A Positive Relationship with Food by Jo Cormack Barred by Debbie Alcock 50 Top Tips for Well-being by Laura Henry A-Z of Early Years by June O’Sullivan Emotional Literacy in the Early Years: Helping children balance body and mind by Dr Sue Allingham Can I Go and Play Now by Greg Bottrill Kindly sponsored by EYMatters.co.uk

£40 or more

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Gadel Yoga Mat

We're made up you've helped MovementWorks! Enjoy the benefits of movement with this eco-friendly, supreme, extra wide , 12mm TPE padded exercise mat. It offers non-slip extra cushioning helping to reduce pressure and ease joint pain, while alignment lines help find symmetry while exercising. Use this mat with strap for stretching, general exercise , post injury rehabilitation, weight training & yoga. Value £60

£65 or more

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Free Garden Consultation

For your kind generosity you can claim a FREE garden consultation from Andrea Spain worth £95! (andreaspaingardens.com) Includes visit of up to one hour plus follow up email with sketches, links and advice. May cover, garden care, plant choice, design, renovating, ecology & wildlife, grow your own fruit,veg, flowers. Greater London area (travel expenses may apply). Available to book throughout 2021.

£70 or more

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Skincare Gift

How beautiful of you to help. We have a fabulous skincare gift reward from the Arbonne Brightening range worth over £180. What's the big deal about this brand? A holistic approach to beauty health and wellbeing. All products are Vegan, Cruelty Free, Formulated without harmful chemicals. Kindly donated by Ella Harper Executive National Vice President. (See the range at ellaharper.arbonne.com)


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