BCAT wins Ageing Better Award

Receiving recognition for community work is always a pleasure. We were therefore delighted that STEP ON! Highgate ran by the Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT) picked up an award for Innovation from the Ageing Better Fund recently.

STEP ON! is all about bringing the 50+ community together whatever ability and cultural background; to engage in fun arts based activities – whether it be art, dancing, drama or games – over a light lunch that everyone gets involved with preparing. Members requested a whole variety of sessions that included dancing to Thriller, performing ‘Crash, Bang’ Wallop’, a tour of the Rep and also an outing to the Edwardian Tea Rooms at the museum.

We were aware that we had some very loyal members in Highgate who wanted sessions to continue so we managed to raise enough money through car boots etc. to run the group again this summer. Even though we are on a smaller budget for food, we continue to welcome more new members and are constantly innovating. The introduction of the choir at the end of the session was something STEP ON members wanted so we now have a choir attached!

We were lucky enough to be awarded another grant from Ageing Better to run STEP ON Shard End and, like the Highgate group, this has been a huge success. We shall miss all our friends in Shard End. Unfortunately our budget would not be able to sustain STEP ON Shard End, but we hope that we leave the group with precious memories, new friends and some new skills learnt along the way.

Sessions will continue to be delivered in Highgate until 24 July and will be back in September for another 12 weeks. STEP ON Highgate is every Monday 11am-2pm. Contact Richard Mole for details. richardbcat@gmail.com

You can find out more about Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapy (BCAT) at http://www.bcat.info/ 

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