Ultimate Wellbeing: Tai Chi for All

hi_big_e_lrg_pinkAfter 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.

Mentoring

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.

Family Sessions

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.

 

 

Sportivate Tai Chi Breeze for girls and young women aged 11-25

We are working with our new partner organisatiion Al Muhsinat to get more Muslim girls and young women to try Tai Chi.

  • Sportivate Inspired by 2012 artworkSundays 10.00 – 11.15am
  • 22nd January – 12th March 2017 (no session on 19th February as half term)
  • Total 7 sessions FREE
  • At Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, Walthamstow, London E17 9RZ (see map below)
  • For bookings or queries, please use the contact form.

You can read full project information and also enrol at:

Tai Chi Breeze for Youth (Al Muhsinat)

This is a Sportivate FREE Tai Chi Breeze for girls and young women aged 11-25 Download the poster here (PDF). Please help spread the word and introduce more girls and young women to have a go at Tai Chi with this wonderful FREE Sportivate funding project. It will help you become more energised and learn some self-defence skills!

Related projects

Sportivate Tai Chi for Girls and Young Women aged 11-25

Sportivate Tai Chi Breeze for girls in Walthamstow School for Girls (WSFG)

Sportivate Tai Chi Breeze for girls in Sir George Monoux College

 

Ridgeway Park Family Sessions

Ridgeway ParkAs part of Big Lottery Funded Ultimate Wellbeing programme, we will be delivering a Tai Chi and Kung Fu project designed for the whole family to get fit and have fun together in Ridgeway Park Chingford.

If you are ready to take the challenge and want your whole family to get fitter for the summer, please book your places as soon as possible!

  • Saturdays 14.00 – 15.30
  • 2nd May – 4th July 2015 (10 sessions)
  • Ridgeway Park, Chingford, London E4 6XU
  • Kung Fu session for children and young people
  • Tai Chi session for parents and other adults
  • Minimum age 7, under 18s must be with an adult
  • Meet on the green fields opposite to the railway
  • Weather permitting
  • Poster (PDF)

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We also promoted this project in the Chingford Times (page 5) or just see the cutting here.

This project is for people living in Waltham Forest particularly in Chingford. Sessions are free but must be booked in advance. To book places, please fill in the booking form below.

Ridgeway Park

Please fill in this form to book your places at the Ridgeway Park Family Sessions.
  • Parent/Carer

    Name and age group of the parent or carer
  • Young Person

    Name and age group of the young person.
  • Contact Details

  • Please list their names and age group
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Floating Lotus

floating lotusAs part of the Big Lottery Funded Ultimate Wellbeing programme, we will be delivering a Floating Lotus Tai Chi project for girls and women who have experienced, or are experiencing, any kind of abuse or domestic violence between April and June 2015.

In Chinese culture the floating lotus represents inner strength – overcoming difficult times and
blossoming to radiate stunning, but humble beauty. Sessions are run indoors by understanding female instructors who will respect confidentiality. Meet other girls and women, help build self-esteem, relax and enjoy the training and support.

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Big Lottery

Women mentors are being sought for these sessions. If you think you could support women by using your own life experience or wisdom then get in touch.

To book a place on the programme, or to offer as a mentor, please contact us.

Women’s Tai Chi Corner

As a result of a Big Lottery Funded Ultimate Wellbeing programme – female sessions, we have now set up an ongoing Women’s Tai Chi Corner in Lloyd Park to help more women train in long term.

  • Fridays 10:00 – 11:00am
  • Term times only
    • 22nd January – 15th July 2016 (except half terms)
  • At the Bowls Community Pavilion, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 (see maps)
  • First session free
  • £3 per session for Dao Lu students*
  • To book, please see Aileen or use the contact form

* The Dao Lu student fee of £25 per year offers numerous benefits including half price classes for all Dao Lu classes (e.g. £3 for Women’s Tai Chi Corner) and eligibility for grading. The cost for those who have not paid the annual student fee is £6 per session.

Clothing – flexible and weather-appropriate. We prefer participants wear a white top, or Dao Lu white T-shirt, and black jogging trousers (or similar). Footwear – plimsolls or lightweight trainers. Drinks – please bring a small bottle of water.

We have a poster for Women’s Tai Chi Poster if you would like to print out or help display or forward to your friends.

Female only sessons – first project

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As part of Big Lottery Funded Ultimate Wellbeing programme, we will be delivering a programme of Tai Chi for Senior Asian Women (65+) living in the London Borough of Waltham Forest (dates chosen according to when they would normally meet).hi_big_e_lrg_pink

  • Thursdays 13.30 – 15.00
  • Session dates:
    • 27th November 2014
    • 18th December 2014
    • 29th January 2015
    • 5th March 2015
  • At the Ferguson Centre, Low Hall Lane, London E17 8BY


To book a place, please see Aileen or use the contact form.

We will announce the second female only project details soon.

Disabled People and Day Centre Provision – Newham

hi_big_e_lrg_pinkAs part of Big Lottery Funded Ultimate Wellbeing programme, we will be delivering a 10-week Tai Chi Flow project for people with visual impairments and family carers in Newham.

  • Thursdays 10.30 – 12.00 am
  • 22nd January – 26 March 2015 (10 sessions)
  • At the Community Resource Centre, 200 Chargeable Lane, Newham, London E13 8DW

This project is for people with visual impairments living in Newham. To book a place, please contact Newham support service team on 020 3373 7459, or Email:

You can download a poster Tai Chi Flow for people with visual impairments in Newham.

Tai Chi for older people at George Mason Lodge

George Mason Lodge

George Mason Lodge

As part of the Big Lottery Funded Ultimate Wellbeing programme, we are delivering a ten-wehi_big_e_lrg_pinkek Tai Chi project for older people at George Mason Lodge this autumn.

  • Wednesdays, 10.45 – 11.45 am
  • 1st October – 3rd December 2014
  • FREE 10 sessions for older people, family carers and staff who use and support George Mason Lodge services
  • At George Mason Lodge, Chelmsford Rd, London E11 1BS

Please note this project is for residents of the George Mason Lodge only.

At the end of the project, on Sunday 7 December 2014, at 3.30 – 4 pm, we staged a Tai Chi mini performance for the residents, their friends and families and staff as part of their Christmas celebration!

Rainbow Balls at George Mason Lodge

Rainbow Balls at George Mason Lodge