Performance experts asked to give workshops for veterans

Darlington and Stockton Times: FOR HEROES: The Northern Echo is running an appeal to raise £100,000 for a performing arts facility at Phoenix House FOR HEROES: The Northern Echo is running an appeal to raise £100,000 for a performing arts facility at Phoenix House

EXPERTS in music, dance and theatre are being called upon to use their talents to help wounded, injured and sick veterans and military personnel with their recovery process.

The Help for Heroes Phoenix House recovery centre in Catterick Garrison has run a successful arts programme since the beginning of the year, but is now looking for more volunteers to put on workshops to encourage people using the Centre to try new activities.

So far the centre has held sessions such as body-popping, guitar, Zumba, songwriting, bellydancing and wheelchair dancing. There have also been trips to the theatre.

Kelly Bostock, rehabilitation support co-ordinator at Phoenix House, said: “We need professionals in the area that are willing to give up their time to help us. We would love to hear from singing instructors, dance teachers, musicians, pianists, actors and anybody who could hold a workshop.”

Ms Bostock said the aim of the programme is to offer something different at the centre, away from the usual sports recovery activities.

“There will be some that just enjoy it for the evening, but others will then go on to look for a club in their area. It’s bringing them into the community and doing something that’s not as physical as cycling or running," she said.

“The arts programme really does focus them and help with recovery. Dance, music and drama can be so therapeutic and can help people to express themselves in a new way.”

The Northern Echo is currently raising £100,000 to build a performing arts facility at Phoenix House.

Ms Bostock said having a dedicated space at the centre for the arts will be a huge boost to veterans and serving personnel.

To contribute to The Northern Echo’s £100,000 appeal to build a performing arts facility visit http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/campaigns/helpforheroes/donate/.

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