Lolly Jar Circus is the social circus centre of South Australia
”Social circus is an innovative social intervention approach based on the circus arts. It targets various at-risk groups living in precarious personal and social situations… the primary goal is not to learn the circus arts, but rather to assist with participants’ personal and social development by nurturing their self-esteem and trust in others, as well as by helping them to acquire social skills, become active citizens, express their creativity and realise their potential.” (Cirque du Soleil)
Circus training is fun with important benefits
Lolly Jar Circus creates positive changes in the lives of young people.
How? In our regular classes, young people learn new and exciting skills including tumbling, trapeze and juggling. They improve their fitness, gross and fine motor skills. They face fears, practise and persist. They must respect the trainers, themselves, other participants and our equipment. They take turns, share and support each other. They achieve in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.
An inclusive body
Lolly Jar Circus is an INCLUSIVE ARTS BODY. It does what all arts bodies should do - opens its arms as wide as it can to as many participants as possible, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities or socially at risk. Our logo says it all. Our wonderfully diverse participants are the “Lollies” in the Lolly Jar - all different shapes, sizes, colours and tastes. The lid is off the jar because they bounce happily and confidently out of our classes to their families, schools, work-places and other social situations, taking the benefits with them. In our classes there are young people who are able and settled along with others who have physical or intellectual disabilities or who are socially at risk. There is an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. It works and our safety record is exemplary.