Our Social Enterprise of the Week:
Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) is a social enterprise and charity who aims to improve the mental and physical health of children and young people through dance.
Their Vision / Mission:
Established in 2000, DAZL initially provided an alternative physical activity for girls who were not engaging with sports and PE at school. The organisation has expanded into new projects and initiatives and now offers dance activities to children and young people, as well as adults with learning disabilities.
DAZL aims to engage inactive children and young people from some of the more disadvantaged areas in Leeds, giving them opportunities to help them stay healthy. The classes and workshops they offer are focused on what children enjoy, making them interesting and fun.
DAZL is part of the Childhood Obesity Strategy for Leeds and also works with the Change 4 Life programme, providing healthy eating sessions and activities throughout the local community.
Why We Chose Them:
The work DAZL is doing is a great way to get children engaged and keep them fit and healthy. Sometimes children don’t connect with traditional sporting activities, so having an alternative in the form of dance is a fantastic idea to get them involved.
Due to current Government guidelines DAZL can not offer face to face classes at the moment. However, they have adapted their services to include free online dance activities. This means that the people they support can still stay fit and healthy while at home.
DAZL has also been delivering nutritious food parcels to people who are struggling during this difficult time. It’s great to see that despite having to change their services, DAZL are still doing an amazing job of helping their local community.
The Work They Do:
How They Align With Our Values:
Here at Ground Up Digital we believe that everyone should be given the same opportunities in life regardless of background or disability. This is why we try to hire people who may have struggled to find employment in the past. The fact that DAZL is offering its services to disadvantaged and vulnerable children, as well as adults with learning disabilities is fantastic. Getting involved with DAZL’s workshops and classes will enable young people to build social skills, gain confidence and learn how to live more active lifestyles.
You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values
How You Can Support Them:
Why not check out DAZL’s online classes to stay fit while you’re at home. More info can be found here: http://dazl.org.uk/calendar/