Toe tapping delight at new funding for class


DANCERS will be toe tapping and shoulder shimmying for another year at a Jaywick class thanks to new funding. 

Seated Dance held at the Jaywick Community Resource Centre was awarded £924 from Active Essex as part of a round of grants for Jaywick Sands based activities. 

Run by Community Voluntary Service Tendring (CVST) and supported by Active Essex and Jaywick Community Forum on Fridays, dancers pay £2 entry to the class, which helps residents keep active while sitting down. 

Active Essex first funded the group in 2020 with £1630 and has now granted a further £924 as part of a cashpot for groups run in Jaywick Sands. 

Caroline Szabo, CVST’s community development officer said: “We are pleased to be able to carry on with our seated dance sessions and help people in the community stay active and healthy. 

“This class is great fun and it’s suitable for everyone, of any fitness level, to take part. 

“Being seated it’s accessible to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend an exercise class. It’s a brilliant way for them to keep active, which is important for their health and wellbeing.  

“It’s also a great opportunity for the people in the group to learn different exercises and making friends.” 

Caroline added: “We are happy that so many people are enjoying our sessions, so much so the class is full, but this funding means we are able to continue this activity for at least another 12 months. Please get in touch to go on our waiting list. 

“Thank you to Active Essex, Jaywick Community Forum and the Jaywick Community Resource Centre for the continued support. 

“This game will run for two weeks and is virtual, so it uses an app on your phone and virtual Beat Boxes around Clacton and Jaywick Sands.

“Visit at least two boxes within an hour to start collecting points and earn 10points for every Beat Box you swipe.

“Collect as many as you like in each session, just make sure you reach the next Beat Box within an hour for it to count.

“The top players will win vouchers but anyone playing also has a chance to win on the spot prizes.

“So, download the app today and get ready for the game to begin on March 29.”

Delivered by Intelligent Health and Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST), Beat the Street is funded by the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot – a project testing ways to encourage residents to be more active and to improve health outcomes and reduce pressure on the NHS.

To collect extra points, attend one of our special events listed on the app.

One of these events will be a spring themed crafts event at Jaywick Martello Tower on April 7, where you can make your own Easter Bunny mask.

The free family drop-in will run from 11am to 2pm on Good Friday.

For more information follow Beat the Street Clacton and Jaywick Sands on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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