Modo-Circus with Purpose

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ITV Region: STV North / Year: 2013

.Buchan Education Office
16 Prince Street
AB42 1PL


Who are Modo?
Modo uses circus to engage young people across Aberdeenshire and help them to change their lives for the better. Harnessing the skills and thrills of circus, Modo helps young people to improve life chances, skills, confidence and self-esteem.

What would the award do?
This award would allow us to run free weekly programmes in Mintlaw, Peterhead and Fraserburgh for a whole year. Young people will gain real skills, helping them in life, school and into training and employment, while having fun, making friends and becoming more engaged with their communities.

Circus with Purpose
Circus is exciting, requires teamwork and has within it clearly defined achievements. Through learning new skills, circus gives young people a real sense of achievement. As well as pride in their own accomplishments, it allows young people to perform to their community and to gain accreditation, experiences and opportunities. It changes people’s lives through the passion it brings, raising aspirations, excitement and perseverance.

Modo in Aberdeenshire
Having worked in Aberdeenshire since 2009, this year Modo has set up a permanent base in Peterhead. Although maybe best known for the big parades, behind the scenes Modo has worked with young people across the region.

This year alone we have:
• run over 600 hours of workshops to over 6,000 participants
• worked with young people to perform to an audience of over 20,000
• employed 16 staff, trained & supported 12 volunteers and accredited 100 young people
• enabled young folk to attend festivals in France, Italy, Germany, Edinburgh and London
• helped a dozen participants go on to employment, college, and training

Why we need to be around long term
By being around long term, we can gain trust and build relationships. To create real progression, we need to spend time with young folk to support them in their development. For young people to commit they need to know that we are committed. Modo wants to make a difference, and with this award Modo can commit 100% to young folk in Aberdeenshire.