Bolton’s budding Freds and Gingers have been combining performance with computing skills in an exciting new project called Dancing on ICT.
On Tuesday (11/8) the group of over-55s will celebrate their achievements in a performance for their family and friends at the Reebok stadium, including a ballet piece, singing and a dance piece to Jack the Knife – the group’s reworking of the Rat Pack classic.
The event, held for family and friends, will take place from 3.30pm until 4.30pm in the Wanderers suite at the stadium.
As well as improving dance moves, Dancing on ICT has allowed people to surf the internet, word process, edit digital photographs, make multimedia presentations and create a website.
The sessions have taken place at two venues, in partnership with Bolton Wanderers Football in the Community team, the Octagon Theatre and NHS Bolton. Young people have been trained as peer tutors to support the older people with their ICT skills.
At the Octagon, participants have created a new drama called Go For It, the story of a group of older people who decide to raise money for a boys football team by taking part in a range of extreme sports from rock climbing to sky diving.
The group have written scripts, taken part in dance and singing workshops, and had some help from former Wanderers player – and current Bolton Council employee – Glen Keeley. At the same time the group have developed their computing skills by producing flyers, filming and using the latest music software.
At Leverhulme Park, the second group have taken part in folk dancing sessions and learned a range of ICT skills which will be useful in everyday life. They have also participated in workshops led by NHS Bolton exploring healthy eating.
Bolton Council’s Playing for Success team uses sport to improve skills and heighten educational attainment – which has led to the mix of dancing and computing at a series of events funded by British Telecom and the Football Foundation.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is great that this series of events has seen so many people improve their ICT skills, which are increasingly crucial in everyday life.
“It is even more pleasing that it can be combined with a fun, healthy activity like dancing. I would like to congratulate everyone who took part, and give thanks to the young people who acted as computing mentors. It is very rewarding to see them giving something back to the older generation.”