Roll Up! Roll Up!
16 Aug 2011
Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? You can come and have a go at learning some skills at least at the LC this Saturday with Circus Eruption. We mainly provide circus workshops for disadvantaged children and young people – it’s great for their confidence and self-esteem, and the project helps them make friends and break down social barriers.
The great thing about circus skills is that anyone can have a go. On Saturday we’ll be teaching plate spinning and juggling, or you could have a go at balancing a plastic bag on your nose. Ever heard of a pedal-go? It’s a fixed-wheel balance toy that is a precursor to learning to unicycle – who knows, one day you could end up taking on a challenge like the one three of our volunteers will be on next week – unicycling from London to Swansea, 265 miles over 9 days, to raise money for our charity.
The essence of our work is to provide opportunities for young people that are educative and empowering as well as fun. Skills are adapted to meet each young person’s needs in order to provide maximum sense of achievement, even if it is in small steps at first. This is so important for young people’s self-esteem, particularly those who may not have had their fair share of encouragement or empowerment in the past. Young people can challenge their fear of failure in a safe, non-competitive environment.
We’re looking forward to seeing lots of new faces at the LC this weekend, and seeing how many people we can make smile with a new skill to add to their repertoire of party tricks. It’s an exciting time of year for us with preparation about to start for our new academic year of workshops, and we have spaces for young people to take part, and for over-18s to come and volunteer with us, so if you like what we do, just ask for more information on the day.