Reducing isolation through arts at Deeplish Community Centre
Date published: 16 January 2020
Participants of the 'Out and About' project
Members of Deeplish Community Centre recently benefitted from a partnership with Skylight Circus Arts; completing work for the ‘Out and About’ project.
Skylight Circus Arts, who have been professionally delivering circus skills activities to people of all ages in Rochdale since 1988, delivered four interactive sessions at Deeplish Community Centre as part of the project.
The sessions aimed to help participants learn new skills, make new friends, keep active and reduce isolation through arts.
One of the participants said: “We all enjoyed working with Skylight Circus. It was fun way of learning through arts and was not as exhausting as normal physical exercise would be.
“We would love for these types of sessions to take place again.”
Project Co-Ordinator, Maniza Khan, said: ”This is a great way of reducing isolation and getting participants to get out and about, and it has really helped everyone to relax, try new skills and connect with each other.”
Martina Bradford from Skylight Circus Arts said: “It was great to work with participants from BAME backgrounds who have never experienced such type of arts and we were pleased to work with the Deeplish team and participants, giving everyone the touch of arts in a friendly way.
“We are looking towards securing further funds to be able to deliver more of these circus sessions.”
Sohail Ahmad, manager at Deeplish Community Centre, said: “We are always looking for ways to help and support residents and getting them active and involved in wellbeing activities, with our team dedicated to delivering wellbeing programmes.
“We are thankful for our funders in supporting these initiatives and programmes.”
Skylight Circus Arts is a registered charity in Rochdale that provides circus themed workshops and classes for children and adults to help develop confidence, social skills and improve physicality through performance.
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