Sweet Circus: Equipment Fund

by Miz Wells in Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom


raised of £7,000 stretch target


77% 2 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £4,000 is pledged by December 9th 2019 at 10:41am

Sweet Circus promotes healthy lifestyles and positive mental health through Circus. We need to grow to meet demand.

by Miz Wells in Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Recruiting and training additional instructors will be a priority once we have the rigging in place as this will enable more people to access the skills and opportunity.

Currently we spend £180 a week on venue hire and storage space, this makes it difficult to keep costs down.  A contribution to the hire costs would enable us to offer significant discounts to those in poverty or with disadvantage, encouraging those who would benefit most to access our services more.

Some of our young people would hugely benefit from the investment of time and training to enable them to become instructors or practitioners in their own right.  We would like to support a small number of students over the coming year with additional training, providing the opportunity to complete Arts Award qualifications and where appropriate even aerial instructor training certifications.  To do this we need support for the costs involved in such training and qualifications, including instructor time, CPD and venue hire.

Sweet Circus is a Community Interest Company.  We believe passionately in the social, physical and mental health benefits of participation in Circus Arts and strive to make it accessible to all. We use participation to reduce isolation, improve confidence and positive self image, promote physical and mental health, community cohesion and to provide employability skills and opportunities.

We offer Aerial and Ground Skills training, to children, teenagers, people over 50, those outside mainstream education and workshops to families, community groups and the general public.

We are raising money for more appropriate rigging and equipment, and instructors so that more people can experience getting up in the air.

We need a larger aerial rigging solution, along with new hoops, trapezes and silks. This would be quicker and safer, enabling more children and young people to learn more dynamic and exciting tricks. There is some great learning in risk taking and emotional control to be had here!

It would also mean that people of all ages would be able to use the equipment so we could create classes for adults and families that incorporate aerial work, including our 50+ social circus participants.

The benefits of engaging in circus are broad; 

Physical - Improves flexibility, agility, strength and fitness.  Develops coordination, fitness and balance. Particularly useful for growing children or older people!

Social - Promotes team working, social skills, perseverance, confidence and resilience.  Creates new pathways in the brain, leading to innovation, empathy and new perspectives. It's a great way to meet new people!

Medical - Exercises the brain & body.  Releases 'feel good' endorphins, reduces stress hormones. Aids positive mental health.  Future proof the grey matter!

We want to make circus accessible to all can you help us on that journey? 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£39 or more

7 of 50 claimed

Free classes for a term

Free children's circus classes next term 8th January - 12th February. We have a variety of classes to choose from get in touch if you are not sure which one to book. Classes for ages 4 - 19 yrs. Home Ed Classes - Wednesdays at The Yoga Life Studio Circus Moneys afterschool class - Wednesdays at St Elisabeth's Church. Aerial Only - Fridays at the Yoga Life Studio (Active Cherubs on a Monday is excluded from this reward)

£7 or more

Set of Juggling Balls

A set of your very own Juggling balls in a variety of colours so you can learn and practise this calming and therapeutic art.

£12 or more

Sweet Circus Pom Pom Hat

A fantastic winter head warmer ... only available here!

£18 or more

Sweet Circus Supporters T - Shirt Child

Show how amazing you are with this Sweet Circus Supporters T

£20 or more

Sweet Circus Supporters T -Shirt Adult

Show the world how amazing you are with this 'Sweet Circus Supporter' T Shirt.

£50 or more

The Sweet Circus Onesie

Our instructors virtually live in these through the winter. Equally perfect as 'Aerialists Essential Apparel' OR just snuggling on the sofa in front of the telly. We have been asked for these so many times and now you have the chance to bag one of your own :)

£60 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Birthday Party

One instructor, One hour, up to 12 guests and buckets of fun! Only available in Eastbourne - please see our birthday parties on the website for more information. This reward is the equivalent of our budget party. Party date must be confirmed before the end of January 2020 on a mutually convenient date. Party must take place in 2020.

£180 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Corporate Sponsor Reward

This is for the business who wants to show their support. Your logo will be featured on our 2020 staff shirts, our website and marketing material. You will be entitled to have a member or two of the team visit your work place (in Eastbourne only) for a photo opportunity or staff workshop. We will tell anyone who will listen how great you are for supporting us!

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Corporate Platinum Sponsorship Reward

You will become our Platinum Sponsor for the year 2020. This means we will think you are the best thing since juggling balls and will shout about it. Your logo will be emblazoned on our staff shirts, featured on our website and any marketing we do. If you are based in or near Eastbourne we will visit you for a photo opportunity and workshop and you can use our promotion services for one day or product launch.

Let's make 'Sweet Circus: Equipment Fund' happen

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