Building capacity in Galway
I have been going to Galway for several years to work with Galway Community Circus. This year they have 14 young people form 12 countries working to make a centre for Wire walking. Part of a project for Galway 2020 where hundreds of young people will walk across the river Corrib . I did a team building/train the trainer course and now have a long distance mentoring agreement !
May and June 2020
A seven session course co-created with Polish managers and trainers. An incredible opportunity to explore topics like Resilience, Inclusion, Conflict whilst working on line, testing ideas, and activities together
ASK Project in Lodz Poland Summer 2019
ASK stands for Assistants Sharing Knowledge It is a European project to look at the role assistant trainers can play in Circus Schools. Eight countires were asked to send a young person and an experienced tutor to spend a week building a curriculum, looking at expectations, rights, responsibilities, creating materials and storyboarding films.
It was a busy week with challenging deadlines,intense discussions and exciting exchanges of games,structues and philiosphies,
I contributed materials on confict reolution, group dynamics and creativity
Samos refugee camp
In December 2019 I had the chance to work with Performers Without Borders and The Flying Seagulls. We worked on a joint rpoject in a refugee canp in Samos Greece.
The work of providing therapeutic play/leisure activities for hundreds of young people was challenging but very rewarding.
An amazing pair of charities putting light and energy into some very dark places
Classrooms without walls Spring 2019
I was lucky enough to get a place to present at a conference called "Classrooms without walls" in Meppel Netherlands
The week long event with students from International schools looked at creative approaches to education- with speakers on architecture,language, virtual reality and electronic classrooms
I presented ideas about walls being within people if they had a fixed mindset and percieved thenselves as poor learners. I used games, activities and the process of learning physical skills to illustrate this
I also had the opportunity to see the students presentations integrating their new learning into their practice
Why run away with the Circus?
An exciting event and hopefully the start of lots of developments! An Informal group based around Y Festri arts centre Llanberis and Pontio Arts Centre in Bangor ran a day called “Why run away with the circus ?” in January 2018. A mix of performers, trainers, educators, and health professionals attended and they played, listened, painted, and discussed how circus fits into education, changes lives and inspires creativity.
Everyone ate together at the end of the day and we took a noisy contingent of forty to see RUHM Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine by Pirates of the Carabina. Afterwards an organiser who had watched a whole foyer of autograph hunters, frantic networking and laughter described the atmosphere as “Bathing in euphoria”!
European Circus Skills Exchange
In July 2016 I went to Turin in Italy on behalf of Circusworks to participate in a masterclass on how to teach juggling. The event was part of a European skills exchange which aims to professionalize youth circuses and I went with the aim to share the skills I learned in the UK (see below). The week-long training equipped participants with a range of methods for using juggling to develop physical literacy and in an occupational therapy setting.