Illuminate Freedom are working with some fantastic sight loss organisations to spread our VI Dance, Fitness and Exercise classes across London! Is there a class near you yet?
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Jo R smiles as she learns a VI Zumba arm move; Uzma, Mickel and an ILF volunteer smile and learn the move in the background.
New VI Dance, Fitness and Exercise Classes in London!

We hope you had a great summer! We are well-rested, refreshed and ready to go for another term of Illuminate Freedom's Health and Wellbeing activities.

We have teamed up with East London Vision, BlindAid and Dockland Settlements to bring you more of Illuminate Freedom's fantastic VI Dance, Fitness and Exercises classes.

Rikki J, a sprightly young retiree from South London, has joined us every week since 2016 and says,

"Having been a member of gyms and found them joyless and tedious, Illuminate Freedom's VI Zumba® and Introduction to VI Contemporary Dance are keeping me fit and my joints mobile in the most pleasurable way I can imagine."

If you would like some support to Improve Your Balance,
Fitness and Posture or if you Just Want To Get Moving, read on to find out if we are yet running a new class near you.

Meet and Greet Services are provided and guide dogs are welcome.
VI Zumba® with BlindAid - Whitechapel

When: Wednesdays - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Where: 58 Underwood Rd, London E1 5AW Whitechapel, London
Who can attend: Classes are available to blind and visually impaired residents of the 12 inner London boroughs
Nearest station: Whitechapel (District and Hammersmith and City lines and London Overground)

What is VI Zumba
®: Illuminate Freedom's Latin-inspired, audio-described, gentle yet exhilarating dance fitness workout that is moving blind and visually impaired men and women of all ages and abilities towards joy and improved health. Lose weight, strengthen muscles, get fitter and have fun!

To book: Contact Clarissa
Phone: 020 7403 6184 
VI Zumba® with Dockland Settlements - Rotherhithe

When: Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm 
Where: Dockland Settlements Community Centre, 400 Salter Rd, London SE16 5AA Salter Rd, London SE16 5AA
Who can attend: Blind and visually impaired people and their carers
Nearest station: Rotherhithe (London Overground with good links to the Jubilee and other underground lines)

To book: Contact Ben North
Phone: 07718 301 275
VI Contemporary Dance with ELVis - Romford
Booking Deadline Friday 08 September

When: Saturdays from 16 September to 18 November 2017, 12:45-2:15pm
Where: YMCA Thames Gateway, 29 Rush Green Rd, Romford, RM7 0PH
Who can attend: Blind and visually impaired people living in East London

What is VI Contemporary Dance: Illuminate Freedom's audio-described creative classes encourage exploration of the different ways of moving your body, and help to develop the confidence and strength to move around the space, on the floor, and for some, in the air.

To book: Contact Masuma
Phone: 07952 658 614
Louise D leads a class of 15-20 VI men and women of all ages, as they reach up to the side and clap their hands.
Whether you are a complete beginner, have sore joints, are feeling super uncoordinated or if you really just want to let go and enjoy yourself, our classes are adapted to suit each person's needs.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have and we do what we can to support and encourage you to be able to join us for a couple of hours of fun and laughter. Feel free to give us a call or drop us an email. 

Email us at 
Or phone us on 0333 772 0956
A huge thank you to Better, Into Islington and State of Emergency for their support in helping us to run our VI Street Dance, VI Zumba®, Intro to VI Contemporary Dance Classes and Wednesday Lunch Clubs in Islington throughout January to August 2017. This project has now come to an end and it has been a fantastic eight months.

Thank you also to everyone that came to take part in our free taster classes and those that joined us for regular classes each and every week. It has been great watching people enjoying the freedom of movement and further growing in strength and confidence. We have loved hearing all of the amazing stories of the positive changes to your bodies and the positive effects our classes have been having on people's lives in general.

We aim to continue to source further funding in the very near future to bring you an even wider range of our uplifting and fun audio-described dance, fitness and exercise classes very soon. Watch this space!

Warmest wishes from Team Illuminate Freedom

Editor: Louise Dickson
Founder and CEO, Illuminate Freedom
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