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.
As part of our commitment to supporting new talent across the Arts in Wales, we have supported this new challenging piece of theatre, by Run Amok, directed by our Applied Theatre practitioner Izzy Rabey, written by Debbie Tucker Green, and performed by amazing Welsh actresses. This play has received some amazing reviews and is running in Cardiff at The Other Room until Saturday 16th September.
This project supported both individuals and family members who had been both directly and indirectly affected by crime, in Cardiff, Bridgend and The Vale of Glamorgan. The primary issue that was addressed by this project was violence and exploitation. The main outcome was ‘Health & Wellbeing’ - Improving health (physical/ mental /emotional), and the second outcome was ‘Tackling Disadvantage & Exclusion’ by supporting vulnerable people.
Devised by Valley and Vale Community Arts, Person-Centred Creativity (PCC) combines humanistic principles with a wide range of creative activities to improve participants’ self-awareness, self-esteem and wellbeing.
Hang is a play which directly explores themes and narratives which we engage with directly on a weekly basis through our work at Valley and Vale Community Arts. These issues include: marginalisation, isolation, trauma, family breakdown and people whose loved ones are in the criminal justice system.
The Wales, Ethiopia, Kenya collaborative creative workshops in early May 2017 involving creative practitioners from Wales and Ethiopia. Amazing 2 weeks with lots of singing – composing – guitaring and creative fun with the primary school children, high school children plus the local widows village and Maasai warriors.