These are challenging and fast moving times, and right now the well-being and safety of our community and all of the communities of which you are a part, is at the forefront of our minds and hearts.
With this in mind, and to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19, DTNZ will be temporarily closing our Onehunga office, moving our operations online, and suspending all in person sessions effective immediately.
HOWEVER, we really want to continue to support and empower you, your children, your clients, and your communities, ESPECIALLY in the face of new and rapidly developing challenges with which we all may feel unsettled, anxious, fearful, frustrated, confused, and many other emotions.
We have a number of online options available for term 2:
Dance 4 Us:
Prior to COVID-19 we were offering a variety of free in-person weekly ‘Dance 4 Us’ programmes to enhance the lives of this community by providing a safe space for creative self-expression and community connection, where participants feel accepted, valued and celebrated just as they are.
In light of the nationwide lockdown, we’ve been working hard to turn this popular programme into online dance movement sessions so we can continue to support adults and young adults with special needs and disabilities (both cognitive and physical), and their carers, through this unusual and uncertain time.
Going online means transport issues are no longer a problem so we’re able to open up these community-focused sessions to interested organisations, which we’re really excited about.
Sessions will commence from Tuesday 28th April and will be 45 minutes long. All you need to take part is enough room to allow for some movement and access to a laptop (or similar device) and a strong internet connection. Attend with your client(s), or, alternatively attend on your own to get movement-based ideas to share with your clients at a later time.
Available sessions are: Mondays at 11.15am, Tuesdays at 1.30pm, Wednesdays at 1.30pm, Thursdays at 10.30am and 11.30am, Fridays at 10am. You can register for as many sessions as you like, and can attend as a one off, or weekly. All sessions are free to attend. You’ll find further information and a list of FAQs attached.
If you know of any adults with disabilities, carers or care homes that may benefit from this weekly movement programme, please get in touch. As spaces are limited, registration is essential – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (09) 636 3029 with how many participants you’d like to bring, preferred day/time/s and we’ll connect you with one of our programmes.
Our specialty programmes – STARS and Arts 4 Us
We have developed online options for our clients who are in these groups. Click here for the dates for term 2. We are currently taking registrations and offering a free assessment for these programmes. We are hoping to run these groups in-person in term 3.
Our office landline will still be operational as will all email contact. The office landline will be diverted to a mobile and available Monday-Thursday. The number is (09) 636 3029.
Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) has a great informational video for kids about COVID-19: