Funding support for adults with learning disabilities in Leeds

18 July 2013

Nia Yorkshire (Nia) has received investment of almost £10,000 from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthAmaze through The Health Lottery.

The funding is being used to extend its programme of support to adults with learning disabilities and older people from the local area. The project aims to bring local people together and encourage them to make friends and support each other through a range of activities.

Nia is a creative and expressive movement-to-music practice utilising elements from Martial arts, Dance and Yoga. It is incredibly versatile – it can be a seated movement class, a form of rehabilitation, a low mobility movement class, as well as a cardio-vascular workout.

The new investment will enable them to deliver weekly Nia sessions at four venues in Leeds – Beeston, Bramley, Holbeck and Headingley.

Amanda Franklin, Nia Teacher – Nia Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from People’s Health Trust which is allowing us to support more local people. 

One of the best things about Nia is the boost it can give to people’s confidence, helping them to become more active and engaged with their local community.  

John Hume, Chief Executive – People’s Health Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support local projects like this which bring people together in a fun and inclusive way.”

So far, more than £270,000 has been raised for good causes in Leeds and Wakefield by HealthAmaze through The Health Lottery. Other organisations that have already received funding from People’s Health Trust in region include: The Conservation Volunteers, Mencap, Carers Trust, Carers Trust, Children's Food Trust, Incredible Edible and Northcall.

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthAmaze, said: “The projects supported using money we raise are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across the region.”



Media contacts

For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust, please contact George Tyson, Media Officer on 020 7697 4017 / [email protected]

For media enquiries about Nia Yorkshire, please contact Amanda Franklin, Secretary and Nia Teacher on 07758 218 115 / [email protected]


Notes to editors

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants.

HealthAmaze is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Leeds and Wakefield.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission.

Nia Yorkshire (Nia) was established in 2009. It aims to support people in the community to use dance to improve their health and wellbeing through the practice of The Nia Technique – a creative and expressive movement-to-music practice utilising martial arts, dance and yoga elements.

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