Residents gather to take part in line dancing

06 November 2018

LiveWest residents have been strutting their stuff during a line dancing session.

The over-55s social group in Minehead was formed following a request from one of our housing officers.

The group, made up of people who have moved from outside of the area, is designed to allow residents to forge relationships and reduces the risk of social isolation.

It meets every other week and includes a guest speaker plus an activity during each session.

Local dementia charity Reminiscence Learning held a line dancing session after residents expressed their preferred activities.

LiveWest’s Community Empowerment Officer Shona Stone said: “This is a great inclusive session for all.

“We had plenty of people who wanted to get up and have a go, while others get into the spirit by clapping along to the music.

“The social group is key to reducing and sometimes preventing social isolation and is making use of a LiveWest community hall, which is located in the heart of the community.

“It also provides the opportunity for other groups in the community to get to know our residents in a safe environment, which helps to create stable and successful community cohesion.

“It also provides the housing officer with an opportunity to hold a regular drop-in surgery to deal with any housing enquiries.”

The line dancing took place at LiveWest’s Salisbury Hall. Most of the activity sessions are provided for free by local organisations and charities, who want to promote their work and get to know the local community.

Other organisations which use the hall includes Cuckoo Meadow Youth Club and Age UK Somerset, who hold tai chi sessions.

LiveWest has also joined forces with Magna Housing and invited their over-55 residents to attend the sessions.