A stilt-walking 70-something and a lady just shy of 90 who just can’t stop practising her juggling skills – those are just some of the people benefiting from circus lessons for older people in Belfast.
The weekly circus workshops aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people, are rolling out to other parts of Northern Ireland with the help of a National Lottery grant worth almost £200,000.
Nicholas Watts (71) is delighted, as he and wife Rosemary will be able to attend each week – both in Belfast and in their home village of Tamlaght, Co Fermanagh.
“The Age-ility Project has really changed my life. I’ve got a completely new interest and it has given me a real sense of improved mental wellbeing, which filters through into the rest of my life,” said Nicholas of the programme managed by Streetwise Community Circus.
The circus has been awarded £195,520 from the National Lottery Community Fund to pay for the programme and its expansion over the next four years…
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