Social Circus Trainers – Oct-Mar
Skylight needs more freelance and PAYE trainers
for social and creative projects in Rochdale
2-4 days per week – extra hours possible.
Initial Duration: 6 months from October
Could be extended. Some projects are dependent on securing funding after Apr 2019.
Salary: £20,000 pa pro rata, rising to £22,500 by 2021

Roles and Responsibilities
To deliver circus and related arts training to benefit health, mental health and wellbeing
E.g.s Three CCG (NHS) projects for young people to promote mental wellbeing, for vulnerable families,
over 55’s Silver Circus, adults with disabilities, or two projects with young people in special schools
To develop the creativity of participants in formal or informal performance where appropriate
To work with all members of the project teams and keep appropriate records of outcomes

Trainers have free use of Skylight’s venue and equipment to rehearse their own work.

Essential Experience​:
● Leading circus arts workshops with a range of outcomes e.g. well-being, empowerment,
community cohesion or confidence-building and of adapting activities imaginatively to maximise
access and effectiveness
● Groups with a diversity of needs including disadvantaged adults and children with additional needs,
learning difficulties, BAME
● Experience of coordinating projects: liaison, monitoring, keeping budgets, evaluation
● Experience of team working, working on own initiative and problem solving.

Qualities needed are:
● Passion and enthusiasm for circus arts, its creative possibilities and benefits to individuals and
● Excellent communication skills with clients, children, co-workers in line with Skylight’s ethos
● Calm and professional in difficult situations
● Highly developed self awareness and reflective practice
● Commitment to continually improving standards, learning and training

Responsible for ensuring work is in line with Skylight policies:

● Equality and diversity
● H&S
● Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults
● First Aid

This post is subject to reference checks and DBS clearance.

● Report to Project Coordinators on projects where employed as lead trainer
● Report to funders and Creative Director where employed as Project Coordinator

Skylight is a busy professional organisation with a human approach. It was established in 1990 and has
been delivering creative and social circus projects for over 28 years. We moved from our original base in
the Broadwater Centre in 2013.
Skylight works with people from various cultural backgrounds and ages, collaborating with other agencies
and fostering an environment of respect and tolerance. We operate a small core staff within an informal
environment where, trainers, freelance artists and apprentices regularly drop in, a rewarding environment for
a motivated applicant.
Skylight is now based in St Chads Fold, central Rochdale, five minutes walk from the station and tram stop.
The train from Manchester takes 18 minutes. Skylight is about 2 miles from M62 junctions 19 or 20 and has
its own car park.
Skylight’s venue has a studio theatre/training hall with aerial facilities, a kitchen and is fully accessible.
Although close to the town centre it is in an attractive location (conservation area) opposite the parish church
and adjacent to a park.

2. SOCIAL CIRCUS TRAINER(S) on Freelance contracts​ are needed with similar requirements to the
PAYE trainers/coordinators above

Please apply with CV and covering letter to Martine Bradford, Creative Director. The letter needs to explain
how you meet the essential requirements of the Job Description and Person specification, what you can
bring to the role and why you are interested in it. It can be up to 2 sides A4. Either email or post the letter by
10am 24th August.

References: Please include two referees who know your work well. They will not be contacted until the job
offer unless you give Skylight permission to contact them before then.

Deadline: Friday 24th August, 10am
Interviews: 10 am Friday 14
th Sep including practical session
Start date: Sep/Oct

Person Specification Social Circus Trainers

Skills and Abilities: essential unless stated
Able to perform and teach a range of floor-based circus skills
Able to keep records to monitor outcomes of various projects, alongside co-workers.
Creative approach in responding to the differing needs of individuals
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to relate to diverse people of all ages and
abilities in person, by ‘phone, email and social media
Able to report to funders and Creative director if coordinating a project.
Able to teach aerial skills or to assist trainers in aerial sessions – desirable not essential
A driving licence is desirable not essential

Knowledge – essential
A good understanding of safe methods of teaching circus arts for differing needs of participants.
A demonstrable interest and enthusiasm for circus arts and related artforms.
A demonstrable interest and enthusiasm for participatory and performance arts and their potential
to bring about positive changes for individuals and communities

Personal qualities
Ability to work flexibly in a dynamic situation and to be open to change
Ability to work independently on own initiative and also contribute as part of a team
Ability to deal with people of different ages from a wide variety of backgrounds
Dynamic and flexible approach, with a willingness to participate and to learn
Flexible approach to working pattern days and hours.

NB Skylight supports trainers continuing their own practice with some flexible working
taking time off for gigs where there is cover and it is not too disruptive for participants.

Demonstrable knowledge of contemporary circus and in the UK and internationally


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