Anchor staff are attending special training days with Dementia Pathfinders and learning about Circle Dancing and the benefits this type of activity can offers care home residents.

Kath Kershaw, lead trainer in circle dance for Dementia Pathfinders, explains: “Circle Dancing has its roots in traditional folk dances from around the world. Taking part can inspire positive feelings associated with being in a group and has been shown to enhance both physical and emotional wellbeing.”
Circle Dances or movements are often performed by participants holding onto a stretchy band that links everyone together, ensuring people can take part sitting or standing.

Kath has been training people to lead circle dancing groups since 2008 and has seen first-hand the enjoyment this type of activity can offer residents with an array of physical disabilities, dementia and their friends and families.

Kath said: “Actions like holding hands, touching and swaying, and listening to different types of music can help to stimulate and engage people.”
Anchor Activities Co-ordinator Claire Blow who works at The Ridings care home in Banbury attended the training this month and said: “The group thoroughly enjoyed the course and all look forward to delivering Circle Dance for our residents in the home.

“Kath was fabulous and really went into detail about the benefits of activity, why it is so important generally which I think everyone found really inspiring.”

At Anchor we know the line-up of meaningful activities that take place in our care homes really make a big difference to our residents. Each Anchor care home has a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who arranges a variety of opportunities for our customers to enjoy a stimulating range of events and daily activities. Find out more about Anchor’s approach to activities here.

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