24 November 2013
Thousands of youngsters from some of the most deprived areas of Cornwall have benefitted from the skills, acrobatics and dance activities provided by Circo Kernow.
As well as providing healthy exercise, the project also builds confidence, encourages community spirit, team working and presentation skills. Some of their success stories have seen homeless youngsters or those from isolated traveller groups go on to become professional performers and even to start their own company.
Brett Jackson, Development Manager says; “The first grant from CCF enabled us to reach more isolated communities. It provided fees for tutors and travel costs and allowed us to continue our work in some of the most deprived areas of the county.”
The project now operates mostly in Penwerris, Penryn, Camborne and Redruth and has satellite projects in St. Austell, Wadebridge and Helston.
Accredited training takes place each week in Falmouth and Redruth and the Children’s Circus Clubs operate across Cornwall. It reaches up to 80 young people a week.
“The Cornwall Community Foundation is important” says Brett, “because it helps groups who are breaking ground with new approaches to problems such as health, unemployment and young people’s isolation.”