Dearly Elders Circus began back in 2014 through a partnership between Circus Oz and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in 2014.This weekly circus program focuses on strength, balance and coordination from a physical perspective; strong social and emotional health is promoted through social connection, laughter, learning new tricks, building confidence and fighting depression.
The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) is a community controlled health services organisation for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The VAHS Community Programs unit works with an emphasis on holistic and tailored health initiatives to assist Elders and adults with chronic diseases and disabilities.
On 2 November, VicHealth announced the finalists running for the state’s highest health promotion accolades at the 2016 VicHealth Awards Ceremony in December. Circus Oz’Deadly Elders Circus was announced as a finalist in the category of Building Health Through Art. Other finalists in this category are Darebin Arts –Museum of Me 2016, Footscray Community Art Centre –Creatively Ageing: embOLDen, and Next Wave Festival – Next Wave Festival 2016Access and Inclusivity.
Further details about the awards are here: VicHealth Awards
Further details about Deadly Elders Circus are here: Deadly Elders Circus