March Newsletter


A Newsletter cover with a white background and green border. The centre image shows four of the core team from Exim in a line posing for a photo. In the image they are smiling and celebrating with their arms raised and legs extended. The next image on the left hand side is a calligraphy created by Kaitlyn it has a yellow background and white text which says 'Smile more' the image underneath is of Hayley and Chloe in a school ready to teach, they are both wearing navy Exim jumper's & black trousers.


Plymouth Live article

At the start of the month Plymouth Live featured an article about our new shared premises Oxford House Creative Hub.

Leading local dance companies Rhythm City Dance Studio and Exim Dance Company joined forces three months ago to take on new premises and turn it into an “inclusive and open community building” for the Stonehouse area.” 

We’re so proud of our new space and can’t wait to finally open our doors to the public – we can’t wait to see you there!

Click here to read the Plymouth Live article.


The Daily Dance Pill

Exim Dance took part in the ‘The Daily Dance Pill’ panel discussion organised by Barbican Theatre whereby numerous local dance organisations engaged in conversations surrounding dance and lockdown. 

We want to say thank you to the Barbican Theatre for asking us to be part of the conversation. 

To watch ‘The Daily Dance Pill’ discussion click here. 


Social Prescribing

Exim Dance Company have been selected by The National Academy for Social Prescribing to take part in the ‘Learning Together’ programme for the South West region. We can’t wait to represent Plymouth for the next 6 months throughout this programme, this will help enhance our existing offers to the community.

A logo for National Academy for Social Prescribing. On the left a green circle, overlapping a blue circle a nautical red and white striped circle with the words National Academy for Social Prescribing on the right. A zoom call showing a presentation by National Academy for Social Prescribing



International Women’s Day

We are proud to be a female led core team here at Exim. On International Women’s Day we shared a new project to mark the occasion – ‘Women in Mind’ these sessions are for people who are 18+ and identify as a woman. Within the sessions our main focus will be around wellbeing, this will be through the use of peer support, gentle movement, arts & crafts and much more. 

If you are interested in finding out more email: 

Exims core team stood side by side smiling for a photo. They are all wearing navy jumpers with the exim logo on.


Winners of the ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Award’

On the 11th March 2021 the team attended a virtual ceremony organised by Sport and Recreation Alliance, we found out on the night that we had won the Community Sport and Recreation ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Award’. Wellbeing is something that encompasses all the work we facilitate; we are so thrilled and honoured to have been recognised in this way alongside many other wonderful organisations. The award truly does mean a lot to the entire team. 

The Artistic Director Laura Nightingale took part in an interview with Active IQ – talking about everything the company has been up to, plus our advances through lockdown and what the award would mean to us. 

To watch the interview with Laura Nightingale and Active IQ click here. 

We want to say a massive thank you so much to Sport and Recreation Alliance and the sponsors Active IQ – we are loving our award here it is in its new home. 

 The centre image shows four of the core team from Exim in a line posing for a photo. In the image they are smiling and celebrating with their arms raised and legs extended.An award from Sport and Recreation Alliance


Reopening of Schools

Following the recent Government announcements regarding Schools being able to reopen,  we have been able to return to a select number of partnered schools – It’s been great meeting our new and existing groups and the team are glad to be back!

Additionally, the team is being regularly tested on a weekly basis in order to ensure all necessary COVID precautions are taken. 

Hayley and Chloe in a school ready to teach, they are both wearing navy Exim jumper's & black trousers.

Positivity Packs

Over February we distributed 724 Positivity Packs to young people and the requests keep coming in! 

We have received some lovely feedback here is one – “Thank you very much to all of you for sending the positivity pack, that’s very kind… It’s made our half term.” 

Wellbeing is for everyone, we’ve had amazing feedback from both participants and parents/carers, even the team have enjoyed using them. 


The background is 3 different shades of green. A collage of 15 young people all using the positivity packs that we have sent out during February.

A picture of 5 stones which are all painted colourfully with different quotes on each one.

A picture of a young person who attends our sessions holding a painting he created. He is smiling and wearing a white t-shirt and blue and black striped trousers.



Exciting face to face opportunities

We have so many FREE exciting opportunities coming up for both young people and adults. 

First up, we have an amazing 5 day free event ‘Fit and Fed Programme’ taking place in our new home Oxford House Creative Hub, the 5 days will be filled with Arts & Crafts, Mindfulness, Dancing and conversations around healthy eating. The team are looking forward to the week and are thrilled to be involved with the project once again – funded by Plymouth City Council as part of the national ‘Fit and Fed’ programme.

Snacks and lunches will be provided daily by CATERed.

More details:

Date: 12th April – 16th April (Monday – Friday) 

Time: 9am – 1pm 

Location: Oxford House Creative Hub 

Sign up: 

Description: A poster with a green and grey background, showing images in a circle frame of young people who attend our sessions stretching with their arms raised in the air. The text in the post is information about our 'Fit and Fed' programme.



Next up, we have our ‘Movement For All’ classes. These are free Inclusive fun dance movement sessions for people who identify as disabled that are 18+. The sessions are open to those with some movement experience or nothing at all. 

We will be offering 2 x FREE virtual taster sessions ahead of our face to face sessions:

Date: 14th & 17th May 2021

Time: 10:30am – 11:15am

via Zoom

FREE In person delivery:

Date Commencing: 21st May 2021

Time: 10:30am – 11:15am

To express interest or for more information email:

If you want to have a look at what the sessions may look like then click the link below!

Virtual Mencap Sessions – sneak peek at what to expect for Movement for All

Description: A black and white photo of people in a dance session, in the centre there are two people holding hands dancing. In the background there are several people partaking in the class having a good time.



Covid Community Champion Nomination

It’s just been confirmed we’ve been nominated for the ‘Covid Community Champion’ award! 

We are truly grateful & honoured to be recognised for our positive efforts and contributions during COVID -19! 

All shortlisted nominees will be announced 13th April! 

With thanks to Great British Expos 

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Raising funds with Exim

Thank-you for your continued support, if you would like to support Exim further, please see our local giving page or sign up to Easyfundraising by following the link below:

All you have to do is sign up to support us using the link below and the next time you shop online go through the easyfundraising website or App and we’ll receive a free donation.

You can find our easyfundraising page here:

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