Covid-19

Return to Play Statement & Documents 

Para Dance UK have produced the above documentation through thorough consultation with the leading sporting, dance and disability bodies within the UK. This scope of use for each document should be closely adhered to.  

In keeping with our ethical framework, Para Dance UK prioritise safety and this is reflected within the guidance at this stage.  Face to face activity for any style should only take place if the risks can be fully mitigated, and the participants and instructors are fully aware of and happy with the provisions made.

The information and guidance provided is correct at the time of writing, but with the understanding that within a continually changing landscape of safety, infection rate and government guidelines, this is likely to be updated.

While we continue to review things in the coming weeks we will look at opportunities for feedback or Q&As with relevant people within the organisation.  We will provide new guidance and information as significant changes occur.

If you have any questions, please contact info@paradance.org.uk

Individuals should closely monitor the changing information given by the Government, and use an ‘active’ risk assessment process to ensure that changes are made as relevant to their individual situation and participants.

This has affected everyone across the UK, and Para Dance UK is no exception.  Since the lock down was announced we have been working behind the scenes to:

  1. Ensure that our employees, volunteers and service users were safe and continue to remain safe during lock down;
  2. We’ve contacted our funders to understand what their expectations are of us;
  3. And we are exploring ways to deliver our services remotely in the future.

As we continue to work on our plans, we will keep you up to date on this web page.

A message from our Chair, Roberta Beaton

Roberta.jpgCoronavirus has meant a huge amount of change in a very short period of time which has affected every single person in the UK and many millions of people across the world.  A new disease emerging is scary for everyone, but even more so for disabled people who may be living with complex or multiple disabilities and communication needs.

To our disabled service users, we want you to know that we are here for you, and will shortly be providing services so that you can continue to enjoy dancing from home.

It’s likely that the disabled community will be shielding and isolating beyond the easing of lockdown.  Many online services are likely to begin diminishing as society returns to more face to face activities over time.  We’re determined to ensure that disabled people have services beyond the easing of lockdown so that everyone can continue to enjoy movement and dance.

To our instructors, we are trailing ways to work with disabled service users via video whilst social distancing continues.  We will work with you to share what we have learned and provide advice on how to run inclusive and safe dance sessions.

To our prospective instructors, we are developing new ways to provide our inclusive dance training which meets government advice about social distancing.  We will post the information on our website.

To our supporters, now more than ever we need your support.  Please consider sponsoring us, volunteering for us or spreading the word about what we do.

Although this pandemic is worrying, please know that we are in it together and we’re committed to start running our services again shortly. If you have any suggestions about how we can support you please do get in touch at info@paradance.org.uk / telephone 0300 111 30 45.  We are here for you.

Stay safe and stay well.

Roberta Beaton

Chair of The Board of Trustees

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
While Para Dance UK is not qualified to provide guidance beyond what the government has issued here is a round-up of useful sites.

NHS Guidance and Health Advice
The NHS website provides information on what the coronavirus is, what the risks are and how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus, including advice on staying at home.

COVID-19 UK Government Guidance 
Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus.

Guidance for Educational Establishments
This guidance will assist SEN schools and other educational settings in providing advice for disabled pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding COVID-19

How does this affect Para Dance UK

Lemarie Centre, Watford Headquarters
Staff have transitioned to remote working and our Head Office building is closed. All staff are now set up to work from home and, whilst we will continue to man switchboard remotely, the easiest way to contact us will be via email.

Contact list

We want to stay in touch with you as much as possible during this continued and difficult time. Para Dance UK staff are still here and working remotely, and as with you all, trying to continue with normality as much as we can.  We have tried to overcome connectivity challenges as much as possible, but as before, please allow a little more time for responses due to adjusted working access.

General enquiries  

info@paradance.org.uk

Media & Marketing enquiries

Media@paradance.org.uk

HR & Volunteering Enquires

Hr@paradance.org.uk

Bursary Applications

Bursary@paradance.org.uk

Complaints& appeals

Complaints@paradance.org.uk 

Classification Enquiries

Classification@paradance.org.uk

Board of Trustees Enquiries

Secretary@paradance.org.uk  

Fundraising Enquires

Fundraising@paradance.org.uk

Affiliated Instructor Support

Claire@paradance.org.uk

National Representative

Gary@paradance.org.uk

Finance

finance@paradance.org.uk

National Championship & Classifications

Our National Championship was postponed from 11th July and we had hoped to rearrange for later in 2020, however, the decision has been made to run our next National Championship in July 2021.  This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we understand that this may create some disappointment, but is based on the following information:

  • The current R rate and future situation with restrictions is unknown
  • Current restrictions do not allow gatherings of more than 30 people and it is unknown when this will be lifted
  • The competition venue has informed us that they are not currently taking any further bookings for 2020 leaving little time for preparation
  • World Para Dance Sport international competitions have been postponed
  • UK Government guidance means that social distancing must be maintained during dance and thus, partner dancing is still not permissible and at this point no date has been allocated as to when this guidance is to be removed.  
  • We are committed to ensuring at least 3 months preparation time for instructors and athletes ahead of the a new competition date
International Competitions

 Follow the advice from the British Paralympic Association, IPC and World Para Dance Sport  no international Para Dance Sport Championship dates have been confirmed  and we continue to have ongoing discussions with the above agencies regarding the safe return to competition for our National Team and other UK international Para Dance Sport Athletes,

 Events

 As a result of the government advice on 16 March to increase social distancing, avoid gatherings and to work from home where possible, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone all courses and events for the foreseeable future.  We shall continue to review these decision during and post this timeline and shall where possible inform you of new dates when we are able to set them in line with government advice.