Cirque du Ciel helps young people in St Just to help others

Media Release, 7th March 2008

Wednesday 12 March will see the culmination of a unique peer mentoring project run by local circus charity, Cirque du Ciel, at Cape Cornwall School.

Over the past year, 44 young people aged between 10 and 19 have been taking part in a project which has brought together children from several local schools. On Wednesday they’ll be putting on a display for parents and friends.

There will also be a presentation of 29 individual achievement certificates, which count towards the full Cirque du Ciel award. The certificates will be handed out by the founder of Cirque du Ciel and director of Skylarks Circus Arts, Paul Antonelli.

Project co-ordinator, Jo Eccleston, explained:

‘Cirque du Ciel has run several projects in this area over the last few years. We have developed the peer mentoring project which has enabled pupils from local primary schools to meet each other and be mentored by students from Cape Cornwall School. They have not only been able to share their circus skills, but have also gained self-confidence, made new friends, and had opportunities to perform. They’ve taken part in St Just’s Lafrowda Festival, and Penzance’s Montol celebrations.’

One of the participants, 14 year old Ariyan White, has another reason to celebrate. With support from Jo and her mother Debbie, who is a Cirque du Ciel project worker, she has been successful in obtaining £1716 from the Our Money Your Dream Fund (OMYD). These grants are awarded by the Department for Children’s Skills and Family for projects run by young people for young people.

Ariyan is using the money to set up a circus skills club in St Just. Sessions for 13 to 19 year-olds will run every Thursday during term-time. Anyone wanting more details should send an enquiry via the contact page on the Cirque du Ciel website – www.cirqueduciel.org.uk/contact.html.

Cirque du Ciel is a registered charity which runs circus skills workshops in West Cornwall, catering for all abilities and covering a wide range of skills. The peer mentoring project in St Just was funded by Cirque du Ciel, with additional support from Cape Cornwall School and St Just Town Council.

The Cirque du Ciel Awards recognise individual achievement in circus skills, personal development and working with others. They can be a stepping stone to other forms of accreditation such as the Cornwall Award, Youth Achievement Awards, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Photo Opportunity
Wednesday 12 March, Main Hall, Cape Cornwall School, St Just
Best time – either between 15.45 and 16.00, or between 16.30 and 16.45
Ask for Barbara Smith