Press Release: Arts Council support for MovementWorks

MovementWorks has won a grant from The Arts Council England, COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Arts Council made £160 million of emergency funding available for individuals and organisations who needed support during these unprecedented times; nearly 90% of this funding was provided by the National Lottery.

Recognising that COVID-19 would have a serious impact on all of us, and would affect the ability for children and adults to stay healthy both physically and mentally, MovementWorks put in place regular online sessions based on Autism Movement Therapy®, Developmental Dance Movement® and various Yoga sessions. With the closure of schools and childcare provisions along with the banning of public events and groups, there was the added concern of some individuals becoming socially isolated.

The Arts Council have awarded funding to MovementWorks in order to support and expand these sessions over the coming months and reach out to all SEN and vulnerable children and adults across the country along with their neurotypical peers and provide an inclusive range of classes for all.

“We are delighted to have won this grant that allows us to continue our work with vulnerable children and adults during this difficult time. Thanks to the Arts Council we can continue the special series of online classes”
Ali Golding Founder and Managing Director of MovementWorks

Arts Council
Arts Council / COVID-19
National Lottery
MovementWorks Online Sessions

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Editors Notes
The Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the changes to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experience.

Ali Golding, MSc, Post Grad Cert SEN, FRSA, specialist dance educator, dance scientist Founder, Managing and Creative Director of MovementWorks® has pioneered inclusive movement programmes that focus on child development and whole-body learning. Her work is scientifically rigorous and has been presented at Harvard University to the world’s leading movement scientists. You can view her TED talk ‘Why Movement Works For Learning’

Ms Golding’s research focus is on dance and cognition with a particular interest in early years and special education.

The work has been cited in the All-Party Parliamentary Report on the Arts Health and Well Being and recognised by The Royal Society of Arts as a project having “real world impact”.

Ms Golding has contributed editorials to Dance UK Magazine, Early Arts UK & Project Oracle.

MovementWorks® has been featured at The National Autism Shows and The Times Educational (TES) SEN Show. Additionally, the research has been presented at The British College of Occupational Therapists, The British Association of Art Therapies, Plymouth University Autism Therapies Conference, The National Autistic Society International Congress, The Expressive Arts Summit, New York University, Traditional Therapies and Expressive Modalities in association with Adelphi University in Asia.

MovementWorks is a registered charity. Number 1176176

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