Social Outreach

for Communities & Groups




Social Circus uses the teaching and learning of Circus Arts as a therapeutic tool for helping young people to develop personally.

Although the use of Circus in this way has been around for many years, the term was first coined in 2004 by Reg Bolton.

Social Circus can help participants overcome obstacles, build confidence and achieve skills and tricks that they might have previously thought were beyond them.

This can be an incredibly empowering experience and we at Circus Factory aim to bring this experience to everyone we meet.

Principals & Benefits

  • Fun: when a young person enjoys the process of education, they are more likely to engage with it. Circus allows freedom of choice and self-direction, all delivered in a way that the young person will enjoy.
  • Self-expression; the understanding of one’s own identity, confidence and self-esteem can all be curated through self-expression. “The phrase teachers of circus arts hear most throughout their career is: “Look at me!”
  • Taking risk; life presents obstacles and adventures. The simple act of throwing a ball from one hand to the other or another person involves calculation, observation, and the risk that the ball will drop.
  • Hard work;Circus activities require perseverance, dedication, and acceptance of failure, and pushing the boundaries of comfort zones.
  • Imagination; Social circus facilitates spaces that are person centred and safe for young people to express themselves creatively.
  • Trust; working together, and touch. Being provided with the opportunity to work together to complete a task, rely on others and understanding consent of physical touch as an act of reassurance in a safe space.
  • Movement; Circus builds bodily awareness, balance, and coordination. This promotes self-confidence, self-awareness, and hand-eye coordination.

Who it is for

Our Outreach and Social Circus programmes are suitable for diverse communities and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

What We Offer

We can deliver a variety of engaging circus skills including juggling, hulahoop, plate spinning, flower sticks, plus more dynamic activities such as tumbling and cartwheels. 

Our outreach team can travel to a group's location and bespoke class content can be designed for a group's needs and abilities. 

We ensure a fun and inclusive environment for all and classes can range from once off introduction visits to longer term courses and programmes. 

Who we have worked with in the past

  • Traveller Visibility Group - Cork
  • Family Resource Centre - Clonakilty
  • Direct Provision Centre - Mallow, Drishane, Clonakilty and Macroom
  • Youth Work Ireland
  • Health Action Zone - Blackpool
  • Before5 Early years education

How to contact us

To chat further about your group and what we can provide for them please contact our social and outreach coordinator

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