Motion S5M-18820: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10/09/2019

Elevate Dance Programme Pilots in Orkney

That the Parliament welcomes the Elevate Dance programme being piloted in Orkney from 16 September 2019; understands that Scottish Ballet is designing the classes for people in Scotland with multiple sclerosis (MS), which is a lifelong neurological condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, and follows similar dance classes that Scottish Ballet ran for people with dementia and Parkinson’s disease; notes with concern that Scotland has one of the highest global rates of MS, and that Orkney has a diagnosis rate that is three times higher than other parts of the country, with 1 in 300 people at risk of developing the condition; acknowledges that Elevate will aim to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of those with MS by creating a relaxed and informal environment where participants can explore their creativity and learn new skills while meeting other people within their community who are also affected by MS; further acknowledges that the classes are also open to friends, family and carers of people with MS and a social café follows the completion of each class; commends staff from the MS Society, MS Therapy Centre, the NHS and the Pickaquoy Centre, who are all involved with the roll-out of the project in Orkney and have worked hard to put the programme together, and hopes that the project’s successful launch will lead to it being rolled out to other areas around Scotland so that many more people can benefit from and enjoy this unique and expressive new programme.

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