Homemade Circus

A groundbreaking project with care home residents and staff that ignites connection, imagination and creativity

Emerging from 10 years of developing Circus practice for and with older people, Homemade Circus will enter a new two-year delivery of activities from September 2022, working in partnership with Anchor Hanover Care Homes and Excelcare Homes.

Care home staff help an elderly woman to balance a feather on her hand

Upswing’s Artistic Director and a team of artists will work with staff and residents in a series of creative, multi-sensory workshops. The activities will provide a space for participants to discover hidden talents and potential in themselves and each other, building trust, confidence and ability in both residents and staff.

Care home staff will play an active role in the project from start to finish. We will work alongside them to develop activities and embed training, so that we understand each setting’s context, pressures and priorities. Homemade Circus is an investment in care homes as unique, creative places, bringing playful practice and adventure into the space.

Towards the end of the two-year project we will use our learnings to inform the creation of an online training suite that will be made available to the wider sector.


Homemade Circus is made in partnership with Anchor Hanover Care Homes and Excelcare Homes.
Funded by City Bridge Trust and The Rayne Foundation.