A WINCHESTER dance charity is providing free online classes.

Throughout lockdown, Momentum has been helping young people, over 65s and those with physical disabilities.

The sessions have reached people across the world via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Vickie Simmonds said: “The demand for our online Liberate wheelchair classes during lockdown has been overwhelming, I get emotional when I think about how many people we’ve been able to help.

"As Vivian Greene famously said ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain’.

"We’re so pleased to have managed to expand our community during this time - having people tune in from around the world is one of the unexpected but fantastic outcomes of our online classes and it makes us really excited for the future of Liberate."

All classes for the over 65s are kept on Youtube to access at any times.

Project manager Amanda Watkinson added: “Lockdown has emphasised the importance of looking after our mental and physical health - and the connection between the two.

"Lockdown has been a difficult time for everyone, but these struggles can often be amplified for the target groups we support.

"It was paramount for us to continue delivering our classes during this time in order for our regular and new participants to reap the social, mental and physical rewards from our programme, particularly at a time when they are needed most."