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Cirque Awarded Funding from UnLtd’s Inclusive Recovery Fund

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from UnLtd’s Inclusive Recovery Fund, a £4.75 million fund to help social entrepreneurs in Enlgand delivery our important services, whilst adapting to challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis.


We’re really grateful for the funding from UnLtd, who along with their partners Comic Relief and the Department for Digital Culture, Media, Sport (DCMS), will help us further support our expansion, reaching more young people, offering an opportunity for them to improve their future emplyment and achievement.  We work with mainstream schools in Doncaster to re-engage pupils with learning, increase attendance and offer specialist intervention for pupils on the verge of exclusion or excluded from school.


The funding is part of the Government’s £750 million support package for charities and 72% of grants went to leaders with lived experience. These are leaders with direct first-hand experience of social problems, who are activating these experiences to inform, shape and lead their social ventures to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with.

Mark Norbury, Chief Executive, UnLtd, explains,

“We were astonished at the quality and number of applications for this fund, demonstrating a clear and continuing funding gap for high-potential social entrepreneurs across a breadth of causes, communities, venture-types and sectors. It’s evident that social entrepreneurs have the resilience, impact and potential to be front and centre of the UK’s recovery from COVID-19. Those funded today will be leading lights as we enter the next act of the coronavirus crisis – allowing us a glimpse of hope and optimism as the year draws to a close and we look further ahead to what comes next.”

Ruth Davison, Chief Executive, Comic Relief, added:

“The range of work set to be delivered is outstanding. The 120 talented entrepreneurs are using their skills to engage and empower people who are often overlooked and face a range of inequalities. Their work will be a vital part of helping communities throughout the pandemic and its recovery.”


We accept students referred from Schools or the Local Authority on a part time basis. If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help you. 


Please email or call us on 01302 340107

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