Homemade Circus

Circus at Home, Guide for Older People

An older woman in a pink jumper laughs holding a feather with party decorations around her.

Below you’ll find resources that use Circus skills as a basis to help you and the people you support to keep active and creative. Designed to be used in any setting, but particularly geared towards those working with older people who want to develop and grow the work that they are doing with the people that they support, e.g. staff working in care homes, dementia cafes, day centres and home care.

This guide was created by Upswing as an adaptation from Story Box Circus and Homemade Circus – projects we delivered in care homes in Hull as part of Hull City of Culture in 2017, and originally developed with Magic Me and Anchor.

It includes simple circus skills that can be done solo or together, inside or outside and with minimal equipment. The activities in this handbook can be a great way to stay mobile and mentally active. They can be done seated, and as your confidence and skills improve – and if you feel like it – you can develop your skills standing up.       

This guide can be downloaded and viewed as an electronic PDF by clicking the button below.

It is printer-ready (A4 paper size) so you can also either print at home, or ask a family member to print it and post it to you. 

PDF Download: Circus at Home Guide

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A screen-shot of the Circus At Home PDF Download   A screen-shot of a juggling activity included in the Circus At Home PDF Download