30 Oct 2019


Scarabeus Autumn 2019 Newsletter

Hello, we’ve not been in touch for a little while and things have been very busy here at Scarabeus with new staff and a whole bunch of new projects and opportunities.

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  Come Fly with Us!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve recently been awarded a grant from the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund.

This means that we’ll be able to offer free places on our Take Flight weekly aerial training programme for young people aged 13-25 from January 2019.

Get in touch to register your interest: 
... and in the meantime have a look at what being part of Take Flight is like!

  20:20 Vision - We Belong

As part of the 20:20 Vision arts and heritage project we have been commissioned by Salusbury World to create WE BELONG, a performance with young people from immigrant or refugee backgrounds at Queens Park Community School. The production is inspired by the stories of the first 20 refugees welcomed to the Salusbury World Centre.

It will be presented at the Launch exhibitions at Willesden Green Library and Brent Civic Centre

  Fall to Fly

Building on the success of our recent R&D, we’re now looking for partnerships towards the creation of an immersive performance installation aimed at giving a clear and potent voice to a number of young women who use self-harm as a coping mechanism to numb their pain.

Why do they do it?

We aim to contribute to a change in the discourse surrounding our understanding of mental health issues in young women, by encouraging a more empathetic perspective, transforming the language of darkness into one of hope.

Call out for testimonials
If you’d like to contribute your story or meet Daniela to share experiences related to self-harming, please contact her in guaranteed confidentiality:

  New Staff

  We’re happy to announce two new new people have joined Scarabeus this month!
  Development Producer:
  Tim Lenkiewicz
  General Manager:
  Rachel Bradbear

  Participation Projects

Flying into Physics comes to Islington schools!
After the great success of this programme using aerial skills to illustrate and embody key concepts in the KS2 Forces topic in Leicester last term, where a total of 180 students at three Leicester primary schools took part, it’s now being rolled out to 193 students at several Islington schools.

The project will continue, supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundationthroughout 2019 and 2020 at a total of 20 schools in London, Kent and Leicester.
Flying Families

We've spent some blissful days this summer with families from Bright Start Islington, Archway and Willow Children's Centres and All Change.  Parents and children taking part have been having a wonderful time bonding in our aerial cocoons, climbing and exploring in the great outdoors, harvesting and eating food grown at the Octopus Communities Plant Nursery

Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund throughout 2019/20

  Aerial Yoga Classes

Last but not least, Daniela is starting up an aerial yoga class at our base in Caxton House Community Centre in Archway. Starting in November and taking place from 7 - 8.30pm on a weekly basis. All of you that have asked me over the years how you can practice aerial yoga without your children, This is your chance now!

Get in touch and be there! daniela@scarabeus.co.uk

... and Finally


DONATE (click here)
Scarabeus relies on your support to deliver our ambitious programme of work.
We are extremely thankful to our current project funders; Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund, the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund

 ... and You can support us to offer more aerial theatre performances and valuable education and outreach projects in a number of different ways: 
  • Make a one-off donation at our Virgin Money Giving account
  • Make our future more secure by setting up a standing order for a regular payment.
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  • Adopt Scarabeus as your charity of the year at work.
  • Volunteer your time, do you have a skill such as marketing, archiving, social networking, PR, administration or anything else that you think could support Scarabeus? Contact us on soren@scarabeus.co.uk to discuss further.
  • Want to give that little bit more?
    have you considered becoming a board member, or young board advisor, we are looking for active and involved members to work with our committed and driven board of Trustees to take forward the strategic development of the charity.  We are looking for people with passion and knowledge in one of the following: aerial theatre, financial/business management, fundraising, creative learning, human resources, knowledge of the voluntary and community sector in Islington. If you are interested in discussing this further, please email soren@scarabeus.co.uk or call 020 3620 2325.

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