Magpie celebrates significant grant from Big Lottery Fund

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Dancing their way to healthier living thanks to a significant grant from Big Lottery Fund

Magpie Dance is celebrating today after receiving a grant of £315,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

This funding supports the current work of Magpie to deliver a programme of dance activities including regular classes, training, skills development and performance opportunities across South East London and beyond for children young people and adults with learning disabilities.

Avril Hitman, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Magpie Dance commented:

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Big Lottery Fund, dance has the ability to overcome communication boundaries, in a space where everyone has a voice and choice. Magpie’s ethos centres on innovation and creativity to enable individuals to fulfil their potential regardless of ability and developing skills beyond dance. Our project will support people with learning disabilities to grow their life skills, such as communication, build confidence and self-esteem and contribute to improved physical health and mental wellbeing.”

Weekly dance activities will be delivered in Bromley, Orpington and Beckenham for children and young people and adults with learning disabilities from the age of 8. A new inclusive class in partnership with Greenwich Dance is open to both adults with and without disabilities.

For further information about Magpie, including details on how to sign up for one of their dance classes, please visit or call 020 8290 6633.


The Big Lottery Fund’s press release – click here