Lottery grant of £10,000 for Plymouth dance company
A DANCE company has been awarded £10,000 to run classes for people with drug and alcohol problems.
Street Factory was given the money through the Health Lottery, and will use it to continue to run its successful hip hop dance sessions at Hamoaze House.
Joanna Gorniak, director of Street Factory, said: "The response to the project has been fantastic. 30 to 40 people have been joining the dance sessions, with a core group of 12 attending extra day-long intensive sessions with other dancers during the summer.
"I have never seen people respond so positively and so quickly – we've discovered some real raw talent.
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"We use songs and dance to help them talk about their lives and express their emotions.
"These young adults say they struggle to feel accepted and welcomed within the community.
"Many have dropped out of education and felt like social pariahs with nothing to give.
"But by dancing and rapping with the younger kids and other dancers, they felt included for the first time in their lives.
"Thank you to People's Health Trust and the people who played the Health Lottery because this funding has made a massive impact.
"The changes we've seen in the participants has touched the hearts of the other dancers and teachers here. "There's been a real buzz around the performance."
So far more than £760,000 has been raised for health charities in Cornwall, Plymouth and the Isles of Scilly through the Health Lottery.
Chris Lunn, director of Health Perfect, said: "It's great that money raised by Health Perfect is being used to support local groups in Cornwall and Plymouth like Street Factory."