‘International Women’s Day – Make it Happen!’

To celebrate International Women’s Day we have been sharing lives, stories achievements and challenges with women from Africa, Wales and beyond, at Newport YMCA and Atlantic College in St Donats in the Vale of Glamorgan. This is part of our ‘Make It Happen’ Valley and Vale Community Arts and Hub Cymru Africa project. We are bringing together some of our inspiring African women partners to Wales from Kenya and Ethiopia and using creativity and creative thinking as alternative ways of stimulating dialogue about range of challenging, often considered ‘taboo’ issues, affecting women, men and communities across the world.

Oasis World Choir and Band at The Paget Rooms, Penarth

The Oasis group were asked to perform as part of a gala concert to help raise funds for Croeso Penarth who are aiming to provide housing and help for a Syrian refugee family to settle in Penarth. We were allocated a 15 – 20 minute set in which to perform and managed to fit in a wide variety of songs showing off the huge array of talent and humanity within the group.

Cardiff Singing Flashmob!

On December 19th we enjoyed our annual singing flashmob in the streets of Cardiff, facilitated by Laura Bradshaw, and it was another great success - having fun and stopping for a moment from the shopping to come together with strangers to connect though the amazing power of music and voice.

The South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victims Fund Project Report

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.

Pyle Day Centre Drama Group

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.