Case Studies

You can find case studies collected from organisations in the south west on this webpage. These case studies are organised by date with the most recent activities listed first. Search using a key word to find a case study on a particular subject.

One Step Forward

Somerset Dance and Mental Health programme aimed at supporting recovery, resilience and self-management for people with mental health needs.

Name of organisation:

Mean Feet Dance


Title of project/programme:

One Step Forward Dance and Mental Health Programme


Dates of project/programme:

Jan-July 2014


One Step Forward is a leading Dance and Mental Health programme aimed at supporting recovery, resilience and self-management and facilitating cultural enfranchisement for adults with mental health needs in Somerset. As an artistically driven, user-led programme, the project is the first of its kind in the UK. It has been developed by Viv Gordon, Artistic Director of Mean Feet Dance who has lived experience of mental ill health.

The project extends access and inclusion to dance and reduces isolation, stigma and discrimination by enabling participants to find their artistic voice and model good mental health. Whilst the project is not a therapy programme, it harnesses the multiple therapeutic health and wellbeing benefits of dancing. The project supports participants to recognise the impact of their involvement on their wellbeing, gain new skills and self-management tools, develop supportive peer relationships, foster healthy behaviours and progress in their lives.

In 2014, Mean Feet Dance offered a 6 month programme which included taster sessions in Mental Health settings and extended drop-in courses in 3 local communities reaching a total of 154 participants. Additionally they supported 2 dance graduates with mental health needs to work on the project.

In May 2014, Mean Feet Dance offered participants a progression opportunity onto a week long performance intensive at Bridgwater Arts Centre followed by a short 5 date tour to arts and community events. 11 participants took part in devising and performing the piece, “What words can’t say”, depicting a journey from isolation, struggle and powerlessness to support, wellbeing and personal progression, reaching over 900 audience members.

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