In the Community
Book UsPartnering with community to deliver targeted activity is at the heart of our social division. We respond to identified needs in support of the development of young people. Our approach emphasises accessibility, teamwork and positive interaction.
Current ProjectsIn 2015 we are working with Glenroy College, Fawkner College and Shepparton Ace. In addition we deliver workshops for Deaf, HOH and CODA young people in the area of Darebin and across Northern Melbourne
In 2014 this program offered newly arrived Burmese and Horn of Africa communities a chance to strengthen social and familial connections, learn new approaches to play and increase English language competencies. Working with 2-5 year olds and their adults, it fused circus, storytelling, art activities and the printing of storybooks to support early childhood language and literacy development and prepare pre-schoolers for successful transitions into local primary schools. Three song books were created, two of them in Karen and English.
In 2014 this unique project created a very special and moving experience for all involved. Part of our MY Circus program Homebodies included four terms of workshops and a creative development involving 37 young people. The workshops, held at Westside Circus and at Furlong Park School for Deaf Children, culminated in a performance at our circus Hub that exceeded all expectations. After predicting a small audience, we were packed to the rafters with an audience of over 200 people and bowled over by the enthusiasm, warmth and sheer fun of the day. This project was made possible through funding from Creative Victoria (formerly Arts Victoria), Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation and Moreland City Council and a partnership with NMIT. Watch Video
- In 2014 Westside Circus spent two full terms in residence at Truganina South Primary school teaching 75 students the art of circus and working toward a performance with 200 young people from grades 4-6. Based in an area experiencing rapid population explosion particularly the project explored what it means to belong and the journeys many of the children and their families had taken to arrive at their new home in Melbourne’s west. The circus activities and performance creation fed into and were inspired by activities across the school curriculum.
- In 2014 this project presented a fun, physical and engaging afterschool activity for girls aged 11-16 in Heidelberg West. This area is populated by large numbers of newly arrived and CALD families, as well as families who have lived in generational poverty in Australia for a many years. We believe strongly that all young people deserve ongoing access to creative physical activities and that this increases the benefits experienced. We were therefore very excited to receive funding to allow us to offer workshops throughout the year and during holiday periods, leading to a number of performances at local community festivals in the last part of the year. The project supported greater social connections across the community as well as increased successes at school and smoother transitions to secondary school.
- In April 2014 we worked in the City of Yarra to provide a 3 day intensive school holiday workshop. Created as a response to identified needs by local youth workers and the City of Yarra Middle Years Strategy, the program took place on the Collingwood and Fitzroy estates with an excursion to our circus hub. The intensive workshop program inspired and engaged young people who had a great time learning circus skills and then presenting a public pop up performance during the Flour Market at the Fitzroy Town Hall. Boredom and potential negative activity was replaced with creative expression and the program was a great success for all involved.
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Our social circus program is subsidised by funding support from a variety of sources like federal, state and local governments and philanthropic trusts. We work with our clients to develop applications tailored to the specific needs of the program
Our innovative programs are ideal for youth at risk of disengagement or groups that experience exclusion.We believe all young people deserve access to to creative and healthy activities.