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Community Circus benefits from NOCN grant

NOCN is delighted to support Greentop Community Circus Centre of Sheffield, which is based within an economically disadvantaged area of the City and is running a community project to engage with children from the local Roma-Slovac community.

The initiative uses a 'social circus' approach to inspire children and young people, breaking down barriers and encouraging new and creative ways to work and learn.

Research shows that learning circus skills, such as juggling, trapeze or stilt walking, can improve fitness, mental wellbeing, numeracy and literacy, and communication skills as well as team working and problem solving.

NOCN provided a £4500 grant to the project as part of its EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) charitable giving programme to improve learning engagement and create opportunities for members of the Roma-Slovac community.

The project culminated in a show at the Greentop Community Circus Centre in Grimesthorpe, which was a resounding success, with an audience that included friends, family, circus fans and members of the local community, with coverage in the local media.

"We are happy to support this good cause which is doing great work in the local community. Often the barriers to learning are not necessarily educational but social - so by getting these young people to try new things, take risks in a safe environment and work creatively with others, we hope the experience helps them to be happier, more confident and to take the chance to learn new skills." said James Harkness of NOCN.

You can see a short video of the project here:

Find out more about NOCN’s commitment to EDI.