Modo - Circus with Purpose

Modo is a social circus company based in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Harnessing the skills and thrills of circus, Modo helps young people to improve life chances, skills, confidence and self-esteem while celebrating and creating the culture and community of the region.

Modo creates participatory projects ranging from a single group performing to their peers to hundreds of participants coming together to create a huge spectacular shows. We also provide tailored circus workshops in circus to cater for all ages and abilities as well as other services listed below.. We work across Aberdeenshire and Scotland.

Encounter: Encounter is free and open to anyone under 25, just turn up and join in! It is a safe, fun place, for people to come and relax, socialise, and make friends.

The Encounter youth café was established in 2016 following the Choose Peterhead consultation, in which a hub for young people in the centre of town was identified as a key priority.

The Encounter youth café runs three nights a week in the old happit shop, Drummers Corner providing young people with fun and diversionary activities such as pool, basketball, table tennis, table football, colouring in, wii, chess and outdoor circus skills. Encounter also acts as a catalyst for access to advice, signposting and volunteering opportunities.

Since opening, Encounter has welcomed over 25 volunteers, accounted for over 7,000 hours of volunteer time and has welcomes on average 60 young people through the doors each night. Recent police statistics also show that since Encounter opened Anti-Social Behaviour has decreased in the area by 46% and 30% for the rest of the town!

Encounter is open:

Mondays: 4-8pm
Wednesdays: 6-8pm
Fridays: 4-8pm

Everyday Essentials: In response to increasing demand, Modo and Community Connect decided to establish a store of everyday essentials that young people need but, due to personal circumstances, cannot afford. After months of receiving huge amounts of generous donations from the local community, Modo opened Everyday Essentials.

Encounter Everyday Essentials currently stores:

Clothing: jackets, hoodies, zippers, joggers/trousers/tops, pyjamas, onesies, socks, shoes, hats and gloves.

Toiletries: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and sanitary products.

School Accessories: stationery, pencil cases and school bags. 

If you there is anything you think Everyday Essentials is missing please let us know and we will try our best to get it arranged.

The service is free and open to any young person (whether they normally attend Modo or not) and completely confidential. If you do work with young people that you think might benefit from this service, please do direct them our way. If there are young people who might need additional support in accessing the service, please get in touch and we will see what we can to help.

The items are stored in Encounter in Drummer’s Corner and can be accessed any time the Youth Café is open (Mon 4-8pm, Wed 6-8pm & Fri 4-8pm), or at other times by arrangement.


CircoModo Peterhead: CircoModo acts as a fun diversionary activity for those who may not be interested in typical extra-curricular activities, giving young people the chance to learn circus while engaging positively in an activity. 

CircoModo is free and open to everyone aged 10-25, just turn up on the night and join in. We run from the Rescue Hall, Prince Street, Peterhead every Thursday from 7-9pm (term-time only).

At CircoModo participants can learn a host of exiting circus skills such as juggling, plate spinning, acro balance, stilts and fire performance all while building trust, confidence and teamwork. Participants are also accredited for all their hard work and commitment which is celebrated yearly at our Modo Matters award ceremony.

CircoModo provides positive pathways for young people, celebrating their achievements and improving their life chances. Since April 2018, over 170 young people have positively engaged in our CircoModo sessions!


Learning Pathway Plusses: Modo have always been driven to find new ways to engage and progress young people, and especially those not engaging with other services.

Learning Pathway Plusses (LPPs) are tailor made educational programmes for young people who’s needs are not met by mainstream education. The young people will spend anything from 2 hours to 20 hours a week working with us doing their core skills alongside circus and other activities. This means that the young people can learn the things they need for their future in a way that suits their individual needs. LPP’s help young people to build resilience, team work, communication skills, self-belief and overall confidence. All of which are vital skills to have for their future.

This year Modo have delivered 9 LPPs, totalling to a total of 382 hours spent with young people on LPP’s (this does not include time spent planning/ preparing).

LPP’s are for young people any age who are still at school.


Activity Agreements: Activity Agreements are learning programmes for young people aged 16 – 19 who face barriers to employment or further education and training.

The aim of an Activity Agreement is to help the young person break down the barriers they face through activities tailored to their interested and aspirations. With our experience of enabling young people to achieve accredited results we have worked helping young people achieve their potential through flexible programmes that are tailored to their needs.

Those on activity agreements chose what they want to learn and work on, whether this be maths, literacy, cooking or even learning circus skills with the aim to increase confidence and build trust.

To sign up for an activity agreement you can get referred through social work, sds, health care worker etc. or you can contact us yourself. 


If you have any questions about any of Modo’s activities please contact us on facebook (Modo Scotland), email: !ERROR! !ERROR!=``>!ERROR!> or call us on 01779 600020.

Sunday  10:00 - 13:00  Closed
Monday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Tuesday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Wednesday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Thursday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Friday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Saturday  09:00 - 17:30  Closed
Modo - Circus with Purpose
  • 15 Erroll Street,
  • +441779600020
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