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Autism NI Impact Award

Autism NI is a parent led partnership organisation formed to promote positive collaboration between parents, professionals and individuals with Autism and address the need for appropriate services. Their mission is to support parents and individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and this is core to Autism NI’s work and is based on individualised assessed need.

Our Commitment to Autism By completing the Impact Award, we are committed to:

  1. Staff Training to ensure all staff are Autism Aware and can provide support to an individual with Autism, if needed.
  2. Providing adjustments to the environment to help individuals with Autism use the premises
  3. Ensuring appropriate and individualised customer service and communication that assists people with Autism
  4. Creating an environment where people feel comfortable disclosing their diagnosis of Autism should they wish to. This includes customers and employees who have a diagnosis of Autism.

In August 2019, our staff and trainers undertook a training day with Autism NI, in order to help us create a more Autism friendly environment for our students and building users. We were provided with the tools to make reasonable adjustments to our organisation in order to create a welcoming environment for individuals with Autism. The adjustments in which we have implemented are as follows:

• Ensuring all staff have Autism Awareness Training and have an understanding of the difficulties or differences related to Autism.

• The appointment of three Autism Champions, who are dedicated to Autism Accessibility.

• A visual information board in each building, which includes photos of our trainers and images of skills. This will be adjusted to indicate which skills and trainers will be on for that given session.

• The creation of a pre visit site guide, which includes a floor plan of our Gordon Street location and information on what to expect when attending our classes. • An upgrade of our general visual signage, for example toilets, lockers, store room. This will also include signage of our equipment within the storage area.

• A communication passport will be available to those students who would benefit from additional support within our classes. This will be looked at by our trainers on a case by case basis and discussed with the parents.

• The introduction of a sensory area in both of our class locations in order to provide a ‘time-out zone’ for students that may benefit from this. There will be sensory toys within this area to provide extra comfort and support.

Our Autism Champions will be working to ensure that these adjustments remain ion place, and will be available for feedback and comments. The Autism Champions are as follows: • Diane Quate, Itty Bitty leader • Noeleen Fries Neumann, Outreach officer • Ellie Chamberlain, Administration officer

If there are any questions or comments about this scheme, we would love to hear from you! You can reach us by phoning (028) 90 236 007 or sending an email to admin@belfastcircus.org

Work with us!

Would you like to join the office team here at Belfast Circus?

We are seeking to appoint a temporary administrator from the end of January to the end of May 2020. (Exact hours of work and employment dates to be agreed with the successful applicant.)

Ellie Chamberlain, a dear member of our Circus Family, is moving on at the end of the month. As such, we would like to appoint someone to cover aspects of her role whilst we figure out the shape of the organisation for the longer-term.

Main duties will include: - Reception cover. - Managing class registrations and class contributions from parents. - Supporting the Chief Executive and other staff team members. - Maintaining records, ensuring calendars and building users are kept up to date etc.

It is a varied role and will require someone to be open-minded, quick-thinking and adaptable.

If you are interested in the arts, fancy taking on a new challenge and would like to know more about the opportunity please call Jenna on 02890236007 for a confidential conversation.

Alternatively, please email Jenna@BelfastCircus.org to request an application pack.

Deadlines for applications is the 20th January 2020.

Ideally, the successful candidate would start on or around the 29th January 2020. The salary will be £17,000 FTE. (Pro-rata if part-time.)

This post is, in part, generously supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland.

Aerial Intensive (4th & 5th January 2020)

Want to ring in the New Year with a bang?

Treat yourself to a two day masterclass in a wide range of aerial apparatus! Our Aerial Intensive* weekend promises to deliver FIVE highly skilled and respected aerial tutors and their vast knowledge of disciplined and focused repertoire.

This intensive will incorporate a range of both sequential and dynamic repertoire, with focused technical tuition on all apparatus. Each tutor will provide a safe and accessible lesson plan that will allow participants to focus on new body patterns at their own pace as well as encouraging and nurturing organic exploration within the lesson provided.

This boot camp style intensive is perfect for all skill levels and will give you the opportunity to explore a plethora of engaging and challenging movements, wraps and sequences as well as provide you with the supportive environment to make bold creative new progressions within your individual journey.

To book a space on this course, send an email to admin@belfastcircus.org. There are limited spaces available, so get in touch soon to secure a spot!

The sessions run from 9.30am-5.30pm each day at our Gordon Street location. The course runs on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th January 2020. You can choose to sign up to one day or both, it is £100 for a day or £160 for the weekend.

*In order to be accepted onto this course, you must have aerial experience of at least one year and be 18 years +. If you are unsure if your skills would be suitable for this course, please contact admin@belfastcircus.org outlining any previous aerial experience.

Christmas Show 2019

Christmas is only round the corner, and with it comes another amazing Christmas Show by our Youth Circus students!

This year we see our biggest cast ever for these performances, with over 95 young people aged 8-18 years old taking part. We are planning our 2019 series' of performance's to be bigger and better than ever - but you will have to see it to believe it!

We will be releasing more details as we get closer to the time, rehearsals kick off this weekend. So keep your eyes peeled for some behind the scenes action!

There are five shows on over the weekend of Friday 13th - Sunday 15th December, all be. They are as follows:

  • Friday, 7pm
  • Saturday, 3pm
  • Saturday, 6pm
  • Sunday, 3pm
  • Sunday, 6pm

Tickets available now priced at £8.00 each. You can purchase through the PayPal button here:

Christmas Show 2019

Alternatively you can arrange payment via Gocardless, or call in with cash/cheque - sales will only be confirmed upon payment.

Festival of Fools Producer 2020 - Opportunity to apply

Opportunity to apply to become the producer of Festival of Fools, 2020.

  • Have you always wanted to programme a world-class festival?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a high energy, creative team?
  • Do you have experience of working on a Creative Europe funded piece of work?
  • Are you skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and prepared to learn?Are you skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and prepared to learn?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Key facts:

  • Festival dates: Friday 1st May – Sunday 3rd May 2020. You must be available all weekend.
  • Deadline: 30th September, 4pm
  • Fee: Up to £16,000 including VAT and all other expenses.
  • Process: Job packs can be requested from Jenna Hall – Jenna@FoolsFestival.com. Written expression of interest should be sent to Jenna@FoolsFestival.com . We may choose to interview in early October. Whether interviews will take place will be confirmed once expressions of interest have been assessed. Informal enquiries to Jenna via 028 9023 6007.
  • Start date: Ideally in November. No later than 1st December 2019.
  • End date: Once monitoring and evaluation reports are completed after Festival. Estimated end of June 2020.

The detail: Festival of Fools seeks a Festival Producer for the 2020 event. This is a great opportunity for someone with experience of managing street theatre festivals and/or an understanding of what it means to bring international and community acts together in the same programme.

Are you a confident individual who can plan well and get us ahead of the game this side of Christmas? If so, you could have lead responsibility for programming and producing a high-quality festival that engages, entertains and excites new and existing audiences alike. Like last year, the Festival Producer will play a key role in supporting fundraising applications and the development of the entire event. They will work closely with the leadership team of Belfast Community Circus School.

The successful applicant will be a self-starter, a problem solver, highly motivated and able to plan, organise and schedule a whole ton of stuff at once. The Festival Producer is also responsible for ensuring completion of the relevant evaluation, monitoring and post festival administration.

Arts Council for Northern Ireland supports this Festival Producer post.

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