Our volunteer dance buddies are the most important members of our team. They help people with learning or physical disabilities, or mental health issues, to enjoy taking part in dance activities and help us to make our sessions safe and inclusive. Without our volunteers we would not be able to make our dance sessions fun and welcoming for everyone.

Anyone who enjoys working with people can be a dance buddy. You do not need to be a dancer, but you will need to feel comfortable moving and joining in, without being self-conscious. You will also need to be comfortable about safe and sensitive touch, such as holding hands to help participants to take part in the dance session, or to support communication. You will be able to choose which sessions you support, and state how regularly you are able to volunteer.

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering as a dance buddy.

These are the kinds of tasks we will ask you to take part in:

Welcoming participants and their support workers

  • Registering participant names, taking payment and writing name labels

  • Chatting to participants to ensure they feel welcome and part of the group

  • Listening and responding to the instructions of the dance facilitator, and interpreting them for participants if necessary

  • Joining in the dance activities, to help others to take part and to act as a positive role model

  • Partnering participants to support them to take part in the activities

  • Being aware of how the participants are responding



"Dance Hastings is a really fantastic initiative. I am one of the volunteers who visits the Southlands Place care home in Bexhill, where we play music and dance with the residents. Whether it’s holding the hands of someone with mobility issues, dancing with them while they sit in their chair and seeing them light up; or watching the lady who knows all the words to the classic songs singing along happily; or dancing round the room with those residents who are able to, seeing them smiling and laughing, and sparking memories of their youthful frolics; or the mass singalong at the end to their favourite song, Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’… the whole experience is uplifting for them and us. So get involved!​"