After nearly a year’s scoping work behind the scenes, Dao Lu has recently been awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund to provide a new programme of physical activity and healthy living for the London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Newham. Our programme, Ultimate Wellbeing, will take a holistic approach and provide positive opportunities for a wide age range within the targeted communities.
Between October 2014 to August 2015, we will deliver five programmes targeting groups in a setting most convenient to them whenever possible:
Sessions for Older Persons
Exercises will focus on improving balance, movement and muscle strength; vital physical attributes for older people (75+) to maintain. You can read more information on Tai Chi for Older People at George Mason Lodge here.
Disabled People and Day Centre Provision
We will attend a day centre in Newham to deliver sessions for people with visual impairments. We will provide tailored sessions and additional support to ensure that all disabled people feel comfortable when participating.
You can read more information on the project here.
Female Only Sessions
We will deliver two women-only projects for different age groups, to ensure that females are not deterred from participating due to their low confidence engaging in physical activity around men as well as cultural differences that prohibit women from engaging in activities with men. Details can be found here.
We will deliver inter-generational sessions where older and young people will support each other during activities, providing opportunities for both to enhance social skills and to learn from each other. Please see the project details for Floating Lotus.
We will deliver two simultaneous sessions in local parks providing tai chi for parents and Kungfu for their children. This will provide an opportunity for the whole family to get active and support each other to maintain a healthy way of life. Please see the project details for the Ridgeway Park Family Sessions.