Dementia Friendly Keighley relaunched their weekly Tai Chi sessions for people living with dementia, as well as their carers. These sessions are held at Central Hall, a COVID-safe space where people can join in with these free sessions, hosted by both Phil Sheridan and Helen Parsons, who have a combined 47 years worth of knowledge and experience teaching tai chi and qigong.   Tai Chi helps people build strength, improve their balance, and enjoy a deep sense of relaxation and wellness, which in-turn helps to improve overall quality of life.   Philip Sheridan and Helen Parsons, founders of their Keighley based social enterprise, Discover Tai Chi says, “They are delighted to be able to offer tai chi and qigong for Dementia Friendly Keighley. After 15 long months since having to close the popular class down due to Covid the first session with the residents of Norwood House was an absolute joy.”    Helen says, “The slow, mindful movements of tai chi and qigong make a perfect activity to gradually build strength, improve balance and promote a deep sense of relaxation. It was fantastic to see the group enjoy the movements we had chosen, especially the ancient animal forms, including Tiger which are great fun to do and get everyone laughing.”   Philip says, “We are an award winning small business with a big heart and social purpose. We love working with Dementia Friendly Keighley as part of our social mission to offer our expertise to local small groups and charitable organisations.”   Emma Gibson, DFK’s Group and Volunteer Support said “It’s been great to get the Tai Chi group back up and running after so long. Helen and Phil delivered a fantastic first session, supported by our volunteers who helped the participants engage with the movements. We had lots of happy faces at the end of the session, and hope to see them again soon.“   The Tai Chi Sessions are every Tuesday from 1:30pm, at Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley, and must be booked on to via Dementia Friendly Keighley.   If you’d like to register your interest for the Tai Chi sessions, please contact Dementia Friendly Keighley on 01535 602529, alternatively, you can Text (SMS) or WhatsApp them on 07452 773788, and they will contact you as soon as possible, within opening hours.
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