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Alt residents come together through sport and dance

3 September 2009

Residents from different generations are finding out more about each other together, through a new project in Alt.

Using different sports, the initiative brings people together every week as a way of creating new friendships. Alongside the sporting activity, the scheme is also offering the opportunity to learn to dance.

The activities, supported by Housing Market Renewal, are aimed at improving community relations, as new friendships develop.

The people runnning the project, Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale, hope that it will also lead to opportunities for local people to volunteer for a role in planning the weekly activities. As the project develops, volunteers will be able to share life skills, knowledge and experiences.

This project is one of several initiatives seeking to help residents interact within their communities. Housing Market Renewal was awarded £100,000 as part of its ‘Innovations and Good Practice’ programme from the former Housing Corporation, now part of the Tenant Services Authority.

Steve Hardy of Groundwork said, “Sport is a great way of bringing younger and older people together in a shared activity. The sports on offer aren’t all high energy, so we hope to offer something for everyone, that everyone can enjoy.”

Danny Price of Total Dance added, “This is about people of all ages enjoying dance, expressing themselves, learning new skills and connecting with people from different cultures.”

So if you live in Alt and would like to get involved, the dance sessions take place at the ARC Centre on Mondays between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. The multi-sports sessions are happening at the Cherry Avenue kick pitch on Thursdays between 5pm and 7pm.


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