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ANNUAL REPORT 2012
'This has been a challenging year for Skylight, yet we ended it in a much better position than predicted, with a balanced budget for 2013, a strongly committed team made up of staff and board, and a sustainable plan for the future. Our circus groups responded to the challenges of performance with our most ambitious collaborative production for years. There was development of Skylight Youth Circus with the employment of Tom Butterworth. Our work with disabled children and adults was acclaimed. There is much to be proud of in these achievements and I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff, volunteers, trustees, funders and Skylight users who made it possible”. Jim Riley, Chair Skylight Board (aka Circus Jim)
Writers Group, Spiral Dance, Dave Hoyle, False Knight and Miranda Nichols (BBC singer - Skylight trustee) One unforgettable moment was when Aidan from Sky High was lifted in a harness high above his walking frame as the central figure controlling a ropemaking stilt dance. ‘Circus skills delivered were breath-taking and the fact that they were showcased from such wideranging social backgrounds and diverse physical abilities was both humbling and uplifting…… Without a doubt, this set a bench mark in Rochdale for effective collaboration’ Rochdale Observer 7 April 2012 Vodaphone's World of Difference Grant: Tom Butterworth's successful application funded his invaluable input to Hanging by a Thread. He is now employed with Rank Foundation funding to develop Skylight Youth Circus. Capital Access Funding from Aiming High: Skylight accessible toilets were built Spring 2011, with much volunteer input from Jim Riley .
Skylight Projects 2012
Sky High – all year: funded by Short Breaks This project for disabled children and young people received glowing reviews and funding is secured for another year. Two weekly sessions in Broadwater encourage them to try out a range of activities with the support of several staff and harnesses and hoists. They take part in events and Skylight provides regular tasters at the special schools to recruit members. Arts Feelgood Festival July 2011 funded by Rochdale MBC. Skylight had a major role in managing the whole festival this year. It was funded by Rochdale MBC and featured projects with visual arts, circus, dance, poetry, drama and media. Skylight provided performance, have-a-go workshops and stiltwalkers, in addition to management. Hanging by a Thread Production March 2012 funded by Mcr Guardian Society Chartitable Trust This community production with all our classes wowed packed houses for all three performances. It was inspired by Rochdale's textile and rope industry, featuring: circus, dance, poetry, film projection and live music, with input from Just Poets Touchstone’s
Skylight Outreach 2012
Skylight was busy with circus workshops, projects and performances taking place throughout the region, in addition to projects and classes in Broadwater. Skylight worked in several ‘hard to reach communities’ Highlights are in two sections: Rochdale and Outside
Highlights - Outreach Outside Rochdale Action for Blind People – circus workshops in Blackburn Two month 'China' inspired circus project in Walton le Dale Loreto College, Manchester, circus workshops Youth engagement project at Coppull Manchester Day Parade – trapeze performers seen by thousands Early Years workshops with Warrington Road Childrens Centre. Workshops for family weekend at Chorley for MACS – children with no eyes or partial eyes Manchester Libraries Project: circus workshops for ten libraries: Crumpsall, Powerhouse at Moss Side, Fallowfield, Burnage, North City, Chorlton, Didsbury, Brooklands, Wythenshawe and Longsight Co-op Academy School, Manchester, opening event: performance and workshop Skylight performers wowed audiences for the Blossom Appeal at the Hilton Hotel, Many more amazing workshops and performances! Highlights - Outreach in Rochdale Chernobyl Children's Project circus workshop The Big Weekend in Heywood Sports Village Rochdale Fostering Team workshop, series of workshops Freehold Mela Darnhill Festival: mega bunting making, stiltwalking trees and a workshop Falinge and Kirkholt - young people worked together for several weeks on a performance project Littleborough Rushbearing Rochdale Bowling Club 120 years celebratory event Rochdale Royal Exchange Shopping Centre for their Kids Club and Cultural Bazaar Sunsport summer sessions in Broadwater for young people with disabilities Rochdale 'Looked After Children' workshop Littleborough library performance for Circus Stars Reading Rochdale Citizens Advocacy – Arts and Circus workshops for adults with disabilities Ashfield Valley Primary School (friends of) Fun evening Broadfield Park (friends of) have-a-go workshops Skylight worked in Rochdale's special schools: providing workshops in Redwood, Newlands and Springside schools, and Saxonhall Study Centre.
Sky High groups, to give a brilliant ‘Showback’ performance to a full house. Two regular sessions are for children/adults with disabilities. 'Ropes' sessions for adults with disabilities continues to thrill its participants as they swing through the air. Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Circus and Aerial 5-8 years Circus and Aerial 13 plus Circus, harness for disabled adults,Ropes Circus and Aerial 8-13 years Aerial Beginners, adults Sky High for disabled 5-11years Sky High for disabled 11-19 years Creative Aerial for Adults Aerial Skillshare for Adults
Supporting Performers and New Work
Stumble Dance rehearsed their circus drama show, Box of Frogs, at Skylight, Custard Storm, Lindsay Butcher, So & So Theatre, Spiral Dance and several professional aerialists hired our space during the year. Spiral used our office address whilst they looked for alternatives. Starstruck Talent rehearsed in Broadwater throughout the year. Edge Theatre showed new work at Skylight in November. We thank them for staging their brilliant show, Troutman Besides, to fundraise for Skylight. Circus Rambozotti, Germany, visit (Aug). Fifteen young people trained in Skylight for five days Equipment: Our aerial rig was hired by the Circus House in Manchester for six months. Skylight also hired out slackrope, globes and other equipment.
Skylight Circus Classes in Broadwater
Skylight ran a full programme of weekly sessions for children, young people and adults in Broadwater. In December all the classes came together, with the
National Circus Sector
UK Circus Schools (c-tag) met in Skylight: in November. C-tag is the circus training action group, developing training for trainers and accreditation routes. Skylight's expertise in circus with disabled people is recognised by the sector, and several people stayed on to observe Sky High sessions. National Youth Circus Event, London. Martine took five young people from our older Youth Circus to the Circus Space in February for this event. They really enjoyed the experience and the training.
Skylark - a motivational project for the unemployed; Littletop - a project for Early Years. Increased performance will bring colour and excitement to our town. We will seek collaborations to create new work with Skylight Youth Circus. Loomin’ Brilliant , a circus, dance, music, film and drama collaboration coordinated by Lets Go Global as part of their Cultural Olympiad was performed in August 2012 at M6 theatre with fantastic reviews. For the next production M6 will devise and direct our youth circus, as part of their Act Now project. ‘Broadwater’ will celebrate its history in a site specific production, probably our last one there. Broadwater is an early example of public baths, still intact under our floor. An application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to research, celebrate and disseminate stories about Broadwater. Masterclasses are vital to improve standards. Partnerships will be sought so that Skylight staff and circus groups can either access masterclasses in other spaces (eg Greentop), or in Skylight by offering artists use of our space in exchange for training. Training of trainers at Skylight will continue through skill shares and training e.g. PTLLS – Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Martine Bradford will access it in Autumn. Overall there is: a sustainable plan for Skylight a strong board and staff team exciting projects in the pipeline
Bumps Along the Way
Skylight faced several challenges during the summer of 2011, without any impact on the quality of activities. Sadly, Lindzi Miller left recently, having been absent for seven months on health grounds. The Business Manager (part time) took voluntary redundancy in September 2011 and the role was taken over by trustees, led by Noreen White. Mel Holland has taken increased responsibility for admin and finances. We welcomed Lucy Newton as part time Development Worker in August 2012. The silver lining is that the whole board, staff and volunteers pulled together to turn things round. Martine Bradford is providing an excellent creative and coordinating role, assisted by the active support of Skylight’s chair Jim Riley.
Broadwater, Skylight’s base for the last twenty two years, is due for demolition as part of Rochdale Town Centre Development plans (summer 2013). Skylight is committed to keeping services accessible and in reach of the whole borough. Height for trapeze is ideally 8 metres. Storage is needed for equipment. Please contact us if you know suitable premises. Greentop Circus, Sheffield included Skylight in their successful bid to be Arts Council circus portfolio holders. The funding will develop Youth Circus and training, improving access to circus in the North. Planning for a future in austerity Rochdale Skylight will fulfil its Future Vision with projects in: Social Circus Youth Circus Performance Training where each element enhances and builds on the others. Skylight Business Plan 2012-15 shows how we are shifting the emphasis of our training and moving towards a more flexible workforce. Social circus plans include the expanded Sky High for disabled young people, plus the following: Spring into Circus - a major three year project with Rochdale special schools; Hands on Circus – a performance project with Rochdale primary schools
Kim Andrews, Aerial Trainer (Sessional) Martine Bradford, Project Co-ordinator Tom Butterworth, Trainee Youth Circus (Mar 2012) Lian Crossley, Circus Skills Trainer (Sessional) Annette Force, Circus Skills Trainer (Sessional) Charma Force Trainee Trainer (Sessional) Stacey Leigh Grimshaw, Trainee Trainer (Sessional) Melanie Holland, Finance and Admin Andrew Jessop, Business Manager (Sep 2011) Michaela Kurkiewicz Lindzi Miller, Creative Director (until 27 April 2012) James Moran, Apprentice Admin (Apr-Jul 2011) Vicky Rogers, Support Worker (Sessional) Freelance Steve Broomhead, Circus Fudge, Circus Jim, Lucy Newton
Skylight's Impact in 2012
In Total Skylight worked with: 106 organisations 24 schools 35 community organisations 38 public bodies eg. libraries, secure centres 9 other organisations eg corporate Skylight provided 2023 interventions in regular classes (9 a week) 141 circus workshops (mainly outreach) 17 performances 4733 people took part in circus workshops 5135 interventions in circus workshops 14767 plus audience numbers People with disabilities 608 interventions in circus workshops 1300 interventions in projects/classes 1899 7158 BME interventions Total interventions not including audiences
Skylight exists to teach and perform circus skills in order to enhance physical, social and emotional development. At the same time we create new work through collaborations. We aim to be the best community circus around and help make Rochdale borough a better place for the children, young people and adults who use our services, the wider community, and the public bodies and organisations that fund us. Summary of Accounts (full version online)
Income and Expenditure Account Year end March 2012 Income Unrestricted Restricted Rochdale MBC core grant 19,781 Arts Feelgood Fest RMBC 20,173 Circus classes 7,347 Workshops, performance 30,702 Circus Projects 962 11,585 Other trading 3,905 Premises recharge 8,407 Bank interest 38 Donations 252 Totals 71,394 31,758 Total Income £103,152 Expenditure Staff, training, travel 38,818 Freelancers 4,761 Volunteer exps 309 Arts Feelgood Fest 12 Broadwater Centre 15,846 Office, publicity 4,239 Equipment, materials 1,468 Insurance 2,541 Accountancy, legal 2,792 Van costs 1,980 Bank charges 109 Depreciation 135 Totals 73,010 Total Expenditure £108,894 Deficit £5,742 Reserves 2012 Unrestricted £24,899 Restricted £29,431
In Rochdale Skylight worked with: 62 organisations 9 schools 30 community organisations 15 public bodies e.g. libraries,secure centres 8 other organisations eg corporate Skylight provided: 2023 interventions in classes (9 a week) 79 circus workshops (mainly outreach) 11 performances 2291 people took part in circus workshops 2574 interventions in circus workshops 2267 audience numbers People with disabilities 413 interventions in circus workshops – R'dale 1300 interventions in workshops, projects/classes 1190 4597 BME interventions Total interventions in Rochdale not including audiences
10,789 500 10 18,012 1,568 420 103 251 94 11 4,126 35,884
Bankers: Co-operative Bank Independent Report: Oldham Community Accountancy Service, Unit 12, Manchester Chambers, West Street, Oldham OL1 1LF
Volunteers - thank you Gwynne Fitton James Moran Stacey-leigh Grimshaw Noreen White Jane Hurn Jim Riley Sonia Lukash
Brenda Norledge Rachel Howarth Dave Hoyle Eira Short Annette Force Christine James Miranda Nichols
Skylight Trustees 2012 Jane Hurn Simon Lawrence, Chair retired 30 August 2011 Miranda Nichols Jim Riley Chair from 30 August 2011 Eira Short, Secretary Noreen White Contact Skylight Circus Arts, Broadwater Centre, Smith Street, Rochdale. OL16 1HE Telephone 01706 650676 www.skylightcircusarts.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Registration Number: 2567143 Charity Registration Number: 1001570
Thank you: Harri Webb Peopleprint Touchstone’s Writers Group Norman Warwick Circus Space Dulux Decoration Ct EdgeTheatre Costello Flooring Anne and John Butterworth Olivia Whittaker Craig Gamble Pugh, Greentop Circus And all the carers, parents and friends who have given their support so generously
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