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Project information

Youth Circus Community Bursaries

We believe in the power of circus to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable youth in our society. Our youth circus bursaries will target 8 – 14 year olds from Cardiff and its wider areas. We specifically target the Communities First areas, due to their high level of deprivation.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Nofit State Community Circus

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  • Need


    Across Wales, the wards that face highest levels of deprivation are designated as Communities First areas. These communities face multiple challenges such as mental health issues, anxiety, high levels of obesity, heart disease and diabetes along with poverty of opportunity. Children who face these issues struggle to engage with their peers, finding school isolating.


    We devised our youth circus bursary programme to open up access to the highest quality circus provision, through our youth circus programme, to young people with additional needs, financial hardship and mental health issues such as autism, sensory process disorder, ADHD and anxiety. Our bursary programme offers them the opportunity to engage in a safe and inclusive environment where they can play, learn and develop the coping strategies they need to thrive in life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the % of children and young people engaging with creative physical activity


    » A bursary offers the equivalent of free access to one youth circus class a week for the duration for the academic year (39 weeks)
    » The children and young people are recruited through an open and transparent process with a simple application form

    What success will look like

    Success will be raising £4,000 to support 10 children and young people to access our youth circus programme free of charge for the year 2018

    Aim 2

    Offer a supportive environment that engages children and young people with additional needs


    » Our circus tutors are highly trained to be provide the best training to allow children and young people to flourish in their highly active lessons

    What success will look like

    Success will be measurable in the feedback and evaluations we receive from the children and young people, as well as from their families and carers

    Aim 3

    Increase emotional well-being through acknowledgment of achievement and mastering of new skills


    » Our youth circus programme is accessible to everyone of any ability, offering a range of skills including juggling, acrobatics, trapeze and unicycle

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured during the performance opportunities throughout the project to demonstrate their new skills to an audience of family and friends

  • Impact


    Longer term changes: reduced social isolation and improved social skills through regular interaction with a mixed ability group as part of our programme; improve physical fitness and coordination. In addition, the benefits also extend to the families of the children and young people, including: a creative and physical outlet reduces the child or young person’s tendency to lash out. To demonstrate the families will evaluate their child’s progress once a month for 3 months after the project.


    Risk: If the bursaries are offered to children and young people who may not require them

    Action: The application process will be clear and concise to allow us the ability to make informed decisions

    Risk: How do we ensure that bursaries will be offered to those families from the regions specified

    Action: Through clear copy and targeted marketing we will advertise for applicants from the regions specified. They will be required to provide an original document showing proof of their address


    Donors to this project will received a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Bursaries Support 10 children & young people to access our youth circus programme free of charge for the year
  • Background


    NoFit State was founded 30 years ago in the STAR Communities First area of Cardiff; (A)damsdown, accessible from (S)plott, (T)remorfa and (R)oath. In 2014 we redeveloped Four Elms, a grade II listed church building in Adamsdown, creating the first permanent dedicated circus space in Wales. With home base still in this area and strong links in the local community we are all too aware of the multiple challenges that the children and young people of the Communities First areas face.


    Our Youth Circus bursaries are designed to offer children and young people from Cardiff and the wider areas an opportunity to engage in creative physical activity, supporting their ability to focus and express themselves in a safe and fun environment. As part of our programme they join the NoFit State family where our ethos of co-operation, not competition, means they improve their physical health, challenge themselves mentally, build their confidence, improving their outlook on life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the UK's leading contemporary circus company our charity works through three interconnected strands: internationally renowned circus touring productions; large scale outdoor community engagement projects and performances; professional development training programmes.

    At the heart of all that we do is our year round community training programme. We run community circus classes 7 days a week for people aged 5 – 70+ years old, engaging with over 250 children, young people and adults a week.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Olga Kaleta

    Olga is our Head of Youth Circus, who will over see the project. Olga’s passion, knowledge and dedication are in delivering our aims.

    Core Team

    The core team (marketing, development and management) will support Olga in the recruitment, execution and delivery of this project.