Inclusive creative wellbeing practitioner
I am a creative wellbeing practitioner and project co ordinator, with a passion for delivering performance arts projects to enhance personal and community wellbeing.
I do this through playful , creative invitations in a safe space , enabling particpants from all backgrounds to develop resilience and creative skills, offering a vehicle to meet new people, and to think about things differently.
Although I enjoy working with artists from many art forms, my specialism is Circus and performance. Circus is becoming known for engaging hard to reach people, giving them tools to develop physical and mental skills. The rewards of circus are plenty. Circus skills can be used to teach life skills, including perseverance, teamwork, trust and positive risk-taking. These life skills apply outside of the circus and taking part in workshops can give a sense of self-worth while boosting confidence. Circus is collaborative, not competitive. It offers core strength, upper and lower body workouts, as well as balance, hand-eye co-ordination and mental acuity workouts. It is social and supportive, fun and engaging. It encourages having a go, and rewards perseverance and tenacity. In addition to the health benefits of circus, it develops creativity, and helps with concentration and focus. Social Circus methods can be used with youth at risk, marginalised groups, those with neurlogical and physical diversities.
I believe everyone should have an opportunity to flourish and prosper—to thrive together.
I have attended NHS health coaching training sessions and am an inclusive arts leader.
I am currentl;y leaning BSL
My co ordination skills include fundraising, report writing, managing teams of artists and brokering positive relationships.
Current projects include Engage Ink an accessible social circus project for Cinderford Artspace.
Flying high for young people with Type 1 diabetes and Next episode for young people with Epilepsy in partnership with Artspace , Artshape and NHS Cultural commissioning team.
The projects use Visual arts, Circus and Dance to raise confidence , improve social connections and support young people to successfully manage their conditions.
"Just wanted to say thanks to you and Rob for all your hard work on the Virtual Circus. It was a wonderful performance and we can’t believe how much more confident our daughter became with yours (and Karen’s) help. As you witnessed when she first did the song, she really lacks confidence in her abilities. What you did with her brought out a totally different side, which we don’t see very often and it was wonderful! She also learnt it’s ok to not get things 100% right every time and to just keep trying"- NHS CCG project Parent