Roll up, roll up for new circus skills project funded by People’s Health Trust

01 February 2017

Residents in Skye and Lochalsh have the opportunity to learn circus skills thanks to a new project funded by People’s Health Trust.

People’s Health Trust has invested £15,555 in Skye Circus, using money raised by HealthKind through the Health Lottery.

The grant will fund Aerial Evolutions in Lochalsh and Skye, a project for new and existing members of Skye Circus Skills.

A professional aerial tutor will teach members trapeze and silks – where artist perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from fabric.

The two-year project is based on a small successful pilot and provides a social activity to help residents connect with each another.

Skye Circus Skills will be running ‘come and try sessions’ on Monday, 6 and 27 February and Monday, 6 March from 7pm until 8.30pm at Inverinate Hall, Inverinate.

The first sessions taught by a professional tutor will take place on the 10 and 11 March.

Following this, there will be weekly practise sessions and a visiting tutor once every two months.

The project is open to all residents in Skye and Lochalsh over the age of 12.

Jayne Calderwood said: “This investment will help us expand our group and give our existing the chance to learn new skills.

“Aerial is a great way to keep fit, it is challenging and fun as well as being creative. You also get a great sense of achievement from managing to do something you thought looked impossible.

“It’s a great way to make new friends as we always help and encourage each other to reach new goals.”

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes at People’s Health Trust, said: “This is an exciting project and a great way for residents to get to know their neighbours better.

“People’s Health Trust is happy to be able to support local projects like these.”

For more information about the project contact Jayne on 01599 566208 / [email protected] or Keri on 01471822030 / [email protected] or ypu can also visit Skye Circus Skills' Facebook page:


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Notes to editor

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well.

HealthKind is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Aberdeenshire, Highland, Aberdeen, Moray, Western Isles, Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission.

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