Mayor Announces Nominated Charities

Mayor Announces Nominated Charities

Newly-elected New Milton Mayor, Cllr Keith Craze, is pleased to announce that Scarf New Forest, and Parkinson’s Dance based at Forest Arts Centre, are his two nominated charities for the coming year.


Scarf (Supporting Children with Additional needs, Relatives, and Friends) is a parent-led charity based in the New Forest, organising term-time and holiday activities for children and young people with additional needs and their families.  Scarf’s core belief, and a belief that the Mayor fully supports, is that all children and young people should have access to high quality, stimulating and exciting opportunities.


Forest Arts Centre in New Milton facilitate a Parkinson’s Dance Programme, including dance classes and well-being sessions for those in our community living with Parkinson’s.    The Parkinson’s Dance Programme has been subject to a long-term study which has evaluated the benefits of dancing for participants.  The study clearly demonstrates that as well as a physical benefit there is also an enhanced emotional benefit and confirms that this can improve with regular dancing over a period of time.


In choosing these two charities the Mayor said “I would like to help young and old alike, and these two charities represent those in need at both ends of the age spectrum so I am delighted to have them as my joint, local charities of the year.”


The Mayor feels it is important to highlight awareness of these two very worthy causes, and hopes, that by fund-raising as well, to contribute to the incredible benefit these charities bring to those individuals and their friends, families, and carers.


Further details about the Mayor’s fund-raising events will be published soon.


Distributed by:


Joanna Hayward

Communications & Community Engagement Officer

New Milton Town Council


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Read more about these worthwhile causes

Scarf New Forest – Supporting Children with Additional Needs, Relatives and Friends

Parkinson’s Dance (Summer 21) | Forest Arts Centre (


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