The thrill of learning circus skills will be extended to hundreds more local children, including those with special needs, thanks to new Turnbull Government support for the popular Cirquest program.
Cirquest co-founder and teacher Isobel Lyall said a $5000 Stronger Communities grant announced by Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt AM, would make a big difference to the program at Swan View’s Brown Park centre.
“I love circus and I love seeing what happens to children when they have a go at circus for the first time and discover what they can do themselves,” said Ms Lyall.
“They learn about persistence and they learn about resilience and how to overcome the challenges that we encounter in day-to-day life.”
Mr Wyatt joined children participating in the performance program at Brown Park and was impressed by their enthusiasm.
“It is tremendous to see the incredible joy the children experience in being part of the circus and having the opportunity to socially interact and try out their motor skills and be part of a team,” he said.
“Being able to help community organisations like this has a great positive impact on the families involved.”
The funding will enable Cirquest to purchase new circus equipment including adaptive equipment to better include children with disabilities.
“Receiving support like this makes what we do ten times easier and more accessible to the community,” she said.
“We are now able to invest in equipment that will enable us to include more children and children with more diverse needs.”
Mr Wyatt said Cirquest was unique in the Swan and Perth Hills regions, providing social connections and physical activity to engage young people of all backgrounds, regardless of their abilities or individual differences.
“This project will enable Cirquest to involve people of a wider age range and with higher support needs in these important and potentially life-changing activities,” said Mr Wyatt.
Cirquest is a leader in arts education in Australia, delivering innovative professional development and performance events, and creating new opportunities for WA artists to develop sustainable arts practice, innovate and flourish.