New Prominent Member of Charity

Media Release 12.7.11

Cirque du Ciel has a local MP as the newest member of the Charity. Andrew George MP found out about Cirque du Ciel’s projects working with families traumatized by domestic violence through the government grant scheme, Awards for All.

He wrote to congratulate the charity on receiving an award for £10,000 from Awards for All to work with vulnerable families who had experienced domestic violence in two locations in Cornwall and Devon. He was so impressed by Cirque du Ciel’s work that he agreed to become a member, so he could be updated on the progress of the project and find out more information on activities that Cirque du Ciel runs.

Andrew George is MP for West Cornwall, St Ives and the Isles of Scilly. If you are interested in becoming a member of the charity (costs £3 per year) or feel you have the skills to become a trustee please contact the charity manager through the site.

Andrew George MP

Dynamic New Chairperson Addresses Challenges at Cornish Charity

Media Release 1.7.11

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Harrold to this important position at the helm of Cirque du Ciel during such a crucial time period. She brings to the job her vibrant energy,  enthusaistic personality and determination to help take Cirque du Ciel through the winter of discontent and on into a bright and glorious summer.

Julia has many relevant skills for helping to run Cirque du Ciel. She has a background in working with communities through volunteering, working as a community development officer, organising parents forums, teaching a parent education programme and currently co-ordinates the Families Team within CN4C. She has experience of working with, hard to reach groups, developing sustainability within communities, planning and funding projects.

The next 12 months are going to be very challenging for Cirque du Ciel as the committee seeks to extend funding to develop it’s core projects for the next 3-5 years.  CdC is committed to working across Cornwall and Devon with families who have experienced domestic violence, with children in care and with youngsters who are struggling both within special schools and mainstream education.

If you would like to contribute to these valuable project even as little a £2 a month can make a substantial difference. Please contact the charity manager through the website.

Julia Harrold

Make a Circus Show

Media Release 14.2.11

Cirque du Ciel is bringing all the children together from their project across Cornwall and also beginners to take part in creating a circus show.This is an opportunity to swap skills, make new friends and tell Cirque du Ciel what you want to see running in the future.

This is a great opportunity for children in Cornwall to get together and also to give Cirque du Ciel feedback on what they are getting right and what they want for the future. CdC will also be presenting 5 children with Cirque du Ciel Full Awards.

It is a chance for children to have fun and be active. This has been funded by The Healthy Living Iniative .

Come and meet other children from other projects, show your skills, be in a fantastic show and tell Cirque du Ciel ideas for the future. Children are welcome at any skill level from complete beginner – advanced. It is aimed at 8-15 year olds but 5-7 are welcome with an adult.  There are limited places for this project and places will go on a first come basis.

On 19th of Feb, 2.00-5.30 , @Landithy Hall, Church Road, Madron, Penzance. TR20 8SN Cost £2. For ages 8-15. 5-7 year olds are welcome with an adult. Family and friends are invited to watch the show at 4.45.

Please give permission forms with £2 per child to Poppy Clemence or post with £2 cheque per child to Penlyn, Carne Road, Newlyn, Penzance. TR18 5QA. Deadline for forms Friday 11th of February. After this date CdC will confirm by email (or phone if you don’t have email). Children also need to bring a snack and drink. Children will be able to do; acrobatics, stiltwalking, unicycling, juggling, diabolo, pois, devilstick and lots more.

For any extra information please contact Poppy on 01736 364011

Swapping Shaddows

Media Release 12.2.11

Cirque du Ciel has started this exciting project combining the intergenerational talents of Calstock Primary School children and mainly elderly writers from The Calstock Writers Group. It will give both a chance to work in small groups, swap memories and to get to know each other.

After a combination of writing and art workshops, pupils and their older counterparts will develop and practise a shadow puppet show. This will be performed @ Calstock School and to the general public on Thursday March 17th  @ Calstock Arts (the old Poet’s Chapel) between 6.30-7.30. Entrance by donation. There will be a stalls selling tea / coffee.

This project has been funded by FEAST. FEAST stirs imaginations and sparks inspiration across Cornwall. We enable creative and cultural activity to be seen and invested in as part of the very fabric of healthy and dynamic communities.

Calstock Arts
The Old Chapel
Sand Lane
Calstock
PL18 9QX

feast

Cirque du Ciel receives funding to work with survivors of domestic violence

Media Release 10.1.11

Cirque du Ciel is delighted to announce that they have secured funding to run two more children’s circus clubs for families who have long term domestic violence. “This is really great news and will help us to start out first project for disdvantaged families in Devon.” Ali Knight, Charity Manager Cirque du Ciel

Children who live in families that experience domestic violence, live with a controlling abusive adult.*They are likely to have witnessed domestic violence** this can lead to the children being very quiet, intreverted, struggling with social skills and becoming school refusers*. Under 5’s, which is the age group of children most likely to be to be in a family that suffers domestic violence, can suffer developmental problems **and parents mention stress related problems with older children.***It is very likely this situation also has long term affects on both younger and older children.

CdC clubs are open to children of any age and provide inclusive fun circus based activities and games.

Cirque du Ciel aims to increase children’s confidence, self exteem, social skills through safe fun circus play sessions. It also helps the families to develop a positive relationship and new memories. These clubs also encourage families to access other community services and groups.

CdC now runs 4 clubs for children and families who have suffered domestic violence.

This project which funds two ongoing clubs in Plymouth Devon and Mid Cornwall has beed funded by £10,000 grant from Awards for All.

Source
*CdC Evaluation quote WCAID worker West Cornwall.
**www.refuge.org.uk
*** CdC questionnaire to Mums attending Suzie Project

Local charity celebrates circus success

Media Release, 17th November 2008

Local charity Cirque du Ciel will be celebrating on Saturday 22 November. Young people from across Penwith and Kerrier will be converging on Penzance for a circus workshop and award presentation, the culmination of a series of a highly successful circus skills projects.

Thanks to a total of £9000 funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation and Awards for All, over the past few months Cirque du Ciel has been working in Humphry Davy School in Penzance, Cape Cornwall School in St Just, and Camborne School. Seven workshops have been held in each school so young people could learn circus skills for themselves, and also share these with their peers.

Around 50 young people between the ages of 11 and 16 have benefited, and they have all been invited to the YMCA in Penzance to a celebration workshop led by professional performer and diablo expert, Steve Washington.

Spokesperson, Barbara Smith, said:

‘Cirque du Ciel was founded on the principle that our students don’t just learn to walk on stilts or juggle clubs. They learn concentration, responsibility, teamwork, and how to socialise and consider other people. It’s a healthy outlet for youthful energy, and it’s also edgy and fun.’

After the workshop Steve will be presenting this year’s Cirque du Ciel awards to 18 individuals who have taken part in the charity’s own accreditation scheme. They have achieved merit certificates in three categories: circus skills; personal development; and working with others, in order to qualify for the full Award. From there, young people can be signposted towards other forms of accreditation such as Youth Achievement and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Cirque du Ciel is very grateful to YMCA Cornwall for generously providing the venue for Saturday’s special event, and for their on-going support to the organisation.

Cirque du Ciel started out 8 years ago as the Aerial Puppetry Foundation, and has been bringing the magic of the circus to the fields and streets of Cornwall ever since. It is now both a company and a charity, and has recently been awarded funding from the Henry Smith Charity to appoint its first dedicated charity manager.

Further information:
Barbara Smith, Press Officer – barbarasmith@clara.co.uk

Camborne students receive circus awards

Media Release, 17th November 2008

Cornish charity Cirque du Ciel will be celebrating on Saturday 22 November. A group of young people from the Camborne area will be travelling west for a circus workshop and award presentation, the culmination of a highly successful circus skills project.

Thanks to a total of £9000 funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation and Awards for All, over the past few months Cirque du Ciel has been working in several schools in West Cornwall. Camborne Science and Community College hosted seven of these workshops. They not only learnt circus skills for themselves, but also how to share these with their peers. Some of the group had been attending the charity’s workshops for more than two years, and a total of 13 from the Camborne group will be receiving certificates on Saturday.

A total of around 50 participants from all the schools have been invited to the YMCA in Penzance to a celebration event led by professional performer and diablo expert, Steve Washington. It will be a chance for the young people from the different areas to meet each other.

Spokesperson, Barbara Smith, said:

‘Cirque du Ciel was founded on the principle that our students don’t just learn to walk on stilts or juggle clubs. They learn concentration, responsibility, teamwork, and how to socialise and consider other people. It’s a healthy outlet for youthful energy, and it’s also edgy and fun.’

After the workshop Steve will be presenting this year’s Cirque du Ciel awards, including the 13 to young people from Camborne. They have all taken part in the charity’s own accreditation scheme. They have all achieved merit certificates in three categories: circus skills; personal development; and working with others, in order to qualify for the full Award. From there, young people can be signposted towards other forms of accreditation such as Youth Achievement and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Cirque du Ciel is very grateful to YMCA Cornwall for generously providing the venue for Saturday’s special event, and for their on-going support to the organisation.

Cirque du Ciel started out 8 years ago as the Aerial Puppetry Foundation, and has been bringing the magic of the circus to the fields and streets of Cornwall ever since. It is now both a company and a charity, and has recently been awarded funding from the Henry Smith Charity to appoint its first dedicated charity manager.

Further information:
Barbara Smith, Press Officer – barbarasmith@clara.co.uk

Success for Cirque du Ciel £60,000 funding for Cornish Circus Charity

Media Release, 13th October 2008

Cornwall’s circus training charity, Cirque du Ciel, has been awarded £60,000 by the Henry Smith Charity.

The money, which will be spread over the next 3 years, will pay for a dedicated charity manager. Initially a half-time post, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity, and steering its future development.

Cirque du Ciel was established 5 years ago, having operated originally as the Aerial Puppetry Foundation. Since then the charity as established a reputation for offering children and young people high quality workshops and performance opportunities at local festivals and events.

The charity runs its own Award Scheme to recognise the young people’s achievements, which in turn can signpost them to other forms of accreditation such as Youth Achievement and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

During the past summer Cirque du Ciel has run projects in 6 schools in Penwith and Kerrier, held several one-off workshops at special events and taken part in a number of community festivals and celebrations including Marghasyol Day in Marazion, Lafrowda Day in St Just, Mazey Day in Penzance and Troon Festival.

During the autumn term they are running a skills share project which will bring together students from 3 secondary schools: Cape Cornwall in St Just, Humphry Davy in Penzance, and Camborne. They are also developing a project to work with primary school pupils and their parents.

Trustee Barbara Smith said:

‘Being awarded funding to employ a charity manager is a tremendous step forward for us. It will enable us to develop our work and operate across Cornwall. It’s also a credit to all the people who have given their time, their skill, and their support to help us along a sometimes bumpy road. Now it feels like we’ve reached the tarmac and are ready to gather speed.’

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. Details of the Charity Manager vacancy are posted on the website: www.cirqueduciel.org.uk (PDF, 18KB). Application packs can be obtained by emailing: charity-manager@cirqueduciel.org.uk.

Further information:
Barbara Smith, PR – 01736 786421/07801 947897

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