During the November half term artists, Alison and Alys donned their waterproofs and wellies and facilitated free and open access workshops for children and young people from Betws and surrounding areas in Bridgend.
Our Butterfly Garden group met today and whilst enjoying the sunshine and creating more artwork we had a visitor (a beautiful Red Admiral) who seems to like the new bench painted by the group members.
We will be running three Breathing Space Groups over the next five months. Each group will have up to 15 participants and focus on using art and journal making for self-reflection and self-expression. The creative actives will be used to provide the opportunity to increase self-awareness and self esteem.
This photographic exhibition is a creative collaboration between Valley and Vale Community Arts and Oasis. It celebrates 2 years of our Oasis music project.
During this project we worked with individuals and family members who had been both directly and indirectly affected by crime in Cardiff, Bridgend and The Vale of Glamorgan in our ‘Creativity for Recovery’ project, funded by the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioners Victims’ Fund (Cronfa Dioddefwyr Comisiynydd yr Heddlu a Throseddu De Cymru). The project was so impactful for both participants and project facilitators that we decided to produce an end of project report and publish it here.
Drama facilitators Alys Byrne and Gemma Alpine have been running a drama group for adults with learning disabilities every Monday afternoon at Pyle Day Centre, Bridgend. The group has been running since May and has gone from strength to strength with participants of all ages and abilities learning social and performance skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment.
I’ve recently taken part in Person-Centred Creativity Training (Nick Clements, Rhys Hughes & Katja Stiller). I could practically experience the therapy techniques that I’ll be helping to deliver. We looked at models such as the Johari Window, Positive Psychology and the Strength-Based Approach and took part in role play, dance and games.
During the Summer holidays, our facilitators Alys Byrne and Alison McGann and volunteers Bethan, Gemma and Sabrina worked with over 75 local children and young people in Bettws and Blaengarw for six days of indoor and outdoor arts, crafts and drama activities.
The group meets every Wednesday between 11 am — 1pm at Sardis Media Centre in Betws. We come together to be creative and for mutual support. We look at different relaxation techniques to help individuals manage difficult emotions, to look at positive coping mechanisms and self-care.