Arts and Wellness
Our aim is help people who have different abilities and their families to make the most of their potential, leading happy, healthy lives. That means having a friend to call when you have a problem, feeling proud of who you are, and being able to take part in life as you choose.
‘Music and Movement’ is part of The Club’s health promotion strategy, helping people who might not think of themselves as ‘sporty’ to include physical activity as part of everyday life, and improving our mental health and well-being.
Music and Movement programs at Club Dartmouth and Halifax enable members to bond via shared music making, and increase mobility, muscle strength and general fitness, through movement and dance. By making music together, people who have a wide range of abilities are able to express themselves, develop their communication skills, and build friendships.
Everyone is welcome at our Inclusive Choir, Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Grace United Church, King Street, Halifax. An hour of song, from Disney to folk favourites. Don’t worry if you can’t sing – we still sound awesome! With choir Director Adam Johnson. Supported by Grace United Church. Admission free. For more contact email Alice: firstname.lastname@example.org 902 478 1917.
Club Dartmouth Creative Arts Nights
Saturdays 6.30 to 8.30pm. Usually the first and third Saturday of each month.
Join Jackie, Justin and friends for a fun night of arts, drama, music and creativity. Share your ideas and help plan fun sessions with friends. Grace United Church Hall, King St, Dartmouth. This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the IWK Foundation, Dartmouth Community Health Board, Grace United Church and the United Way of Halifax Region.
Pilot Day Program
Find out more about our new Apply Now Pilot Day Program! January 2018 to June 2018. We offer high quality user-led programming in Halifax and Dartmouth, three days per week, 8.30am to 3pm. Program Leader Jackie Rivers at email@example.com. Please use this form to register: Pilot Program Member Application Registration is open until November 20th 2017.
Club Dartmouth Music Program
Every week in the Fall we’ll be exploring music, with dancing, musicians, and instruments. Make friends, have fun, and sing your heart out! With Jackie Rivers and Stephanie Josselyn. Tuesdays from 12pm to 1.45pm. Grace United Church Hall, King St, Dartmouth. Price $10 per session. For more details please contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Text/call 902 401 5938. Thanks to Grace United Church for their support of this program.
Join Stephanie and Kate at Halifax Drop In Club, Friday evenings, once or twice a month. Live music, singing and dance.
Over 30 people often come out on a Friday night for Music at the Drop In Club.
“My daughter loves music therapy nights. She really connects with other people and enjoys herself, dancing and smiling all evening.”
Music Therapists Stephanie, Kate, and Jessica lead renditions of popular favourites from Bieber to Reba, with live instruments, dance and song.
Join Justin McGarragh on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm for theatre and writing workshops in the Quiet Room at Drop In Club, and work towards a public performance as part of Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Festival. Thanks to the Province of Nova Scotia Department of Communities and Culture for their support of this program. Included in your Drop In Club fee.
Darin and Shelley will be leading awesome zumba sessions, especially designed for people with diverse abilities – everyone is welcome! Twice a month, 3pm to 4pm at Drop In Club. See our calendar for details. If you’re under 12 please bring a family member or support worker with you. Admission free. Arabic and Nepalese translators available on request. Jackie@theclubinclusion.com for more info.
On Monday afternoons we take walks in Halifax. Join Justin Eweka and friends for fresh air, exercise, and fun in this beautiful city. We normally start the walk at around 4pm, see calendar for dates. Weather depending. Included in your Drop In Club fee.
Drop In Club
We’ve found that The Club plays an important role in supporting mental health as well as physical health. Having hope for the future, and friends to turn to, helps us to feel stronger and builds resilience. In our recent anonymous survey many people wrote about the effect that Club programs have on their mental health:
“Club calms down my mind.”
“Because of the Club my daughter has more social outings with her peers, which improves her self esteem. She is able to be more independent, which improves her confidence and maturity.”
“It makes my son gain confidence. Mentally that is a God send.”
“It gives me energy and makes me excited about my life.”
“The Club makes me happy”
“As a worker with a client it has helped me a great deal making connections with others who are not parents, who are understanding and a great support.”
“My daughter goes to The Club almost every day. Her life revolves around it. Her social life and wellbeing would be absolutely devastated without it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“The Club gives my students a sense of purpose and passion which is hard to do with young people attending University. They talk about feeling down before going to the Club and after feeling that their spirits are lifted. “
“I am an anxiety filled person but when we get out to the Club I am always anxiety free and not worried about anything.”