DAC Annual Poetry Competition

We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together


We want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.




Vivi Mari Carpelan “The Alchemy of a Wedding

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at: www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/gallery/dac-annual-exhibition-2017

There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication
The Judges are Dominic Williams and Dr Sion Aled Owen.

For full entry detail click on this link to download

or Email:  sue@dacymru com  or post@dacymru.com

Or telephone  02920551040

Dewis Cymru

Stay well through the Dewis website

Dewis Cmru logoLooking for advice on staying well ? Then look no further than the Dewis Cymru website.

The website www.dewis.wales is the place for information about all issues relating to well-being in Wales, as well as the first point of information about local organisations and services that can help.

The website includes information on key topics: Being Well; Being Social; Being at Home; Being Safe; Managing Your Money; Children and Families and Looking After Someone.

The Being Well section looks at a range of issues, including indoor and outdoor activities, healthy relationships (including sexual health) and dealing with medication. It also details five ways of being well (connecting with people, being active, keep learning, taking notice of your surroundings and volunteering).

Bethan Jones Edwards, Head of Regional Collaboration of the North Wales Social Care and Well-being Services Improvement Collaborative, said: “Being well isn’t just about being physically healthy and free from illness, it’s also how you feel about yourself and your life as a whole.

“People often have a greater sense of well-being when they have strong social networks, suitable housing, they are in employment and/or education (if they wish to be) and they are healthy, both physically and emotionally.

“The Dewis Cymru website is a great one stop shop for all the information you need about well-being. There is a directory of services and activities available in your community. It’s all about pointing people in the right direction to the wealth of support already available”.

People can visit the website to register and to access details of support available in their county.

If you require any additional information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lisa Williams

Pennaeth Gwirfoddoli, Lles a Chymorth y Sector – Arweinydd Iechyd a Gofal Cymdeithasol / Head of Volunteering, Wellbeing & Sector Support – Health & Social Care Lead

Ffôn/Tel: 01824 702 441 / 01824 709 317

e-bost/email: lisa@dvsc.co.uk

Engage to Change

New Website

Learning Disability WalesEngage to Change have recently launched their new website – http://www.engagetochange.org.uk/

The Engage to Change project is currently running across the whole of Wales to support young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability and/or autism into paid work placements lasting 6-12 months.

We aim to help 1000 of these young people achieve their full potential by developing experience and transferable skills in the workplace through a person-centred approach which will give them further opportunities and enable them to compete in the labour market. To do this we are working with 800 employers over five years, offering job coaching and employment support to both young person and employer.

This project is made possible through funding from the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Welsh Government. Please visit the new website for further information.

Literature Wales

Land of Legends

Land of Legends is a new website which takes visitors on an interactive storybook tour through Wales, enabling them to plan a personalised trip based around their favourite books and legends.

Showcasing the best of Welsh literature, culture, and myths right in the places which created and inspired them, Land of Legends will take visitors on magical journeys to the heart of the stories and characters which made Wales.

Visit Land of Legends now and start planning your next adventure: http://www.landoflegends.wales/


People Dancing

New Website

people-dancingWith our web traffic stats having more than doubled, early indicators for the new-look People Dancing website have proved very positive.

The bolder, more image driven site has been designed for easier navigation, presenting all the latest People Dancing content in the key areas of developing dance practice, developing dance participation and membership services, including the facility to become a People Dancing member online.

So go to www.communitydance.org.uk for all of this, plus details on our online learning programmes, publications, courses and events listings, jobs news, funding opportunities and useful contacts and links.

Twitter: @PeopleDancingUK
Instagram: people_dancing_uk

Learning Disability Wales

Engage to Change

Learning Disability WalesThere is now an additional page on our website for information about our Engage to Change project.

You can find the page here: https://www.ldw.org.uk/projects/current-projects/engage-to-change.aspx#.V5CXffkrLcs

Please have a look around to find out more about how Engage to Change will support 1000 young people with Learning disabilities, difficulties and/or autism, across Wales find employment.

For any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Jenna Trakins, Project Manager  email: jenna.trakins@ldw.org.uk

Tel: 029 2068 1160


People Dancing


People dancing logoLook out for the summer issue of Participate, our biannual newspaper that profiles individuals and communities dancing in participatory settings. This latest issue features dancers and dance born out of a wide range of different bodies and settings, for example:

• as part of a mobile technology project
• following a profoundly Deaf artist in a Bharatanatyam/hip hop fusion
• profiling an all-women’s group from the North East
• celebrating a series of dance organisations marking major milestones
• exploring dance in South Asian communities
• dancing by older people
• dancing in Lebanon, as part of Big Dance 2016.

Participate is available on our website, while hard copies will be posted to People Dancing members.

RawFfest Gwylgrai

RawFfest Website

RawFfestThe RawFfest website has been launched and is available at www.rawffest.wales   or www.gwylgrai.cymru.

The first Youth Arts Festival for Wales is taking place at the Riverfront, and other venues in Newport,

from August 18th – 21st.

There will be a wide variety of performances, workshops and events and it should be a great experience for

14 -25 year olds.

We will be sending you details 0f the programme when we have it but further details are on their website.

Learning Disability Wales

Paving the Way

Learning Disability WalesThe Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children have launched a new website called ‘Paving the Way.’

The website aims to provide families, professionals, staff, and commissioners with information about how to reduce challenging behaviour and to improve the wellbeing of children with a learning disability.


This website is a result of the Early Intervention Project – a joint project, now in its third year, between the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children, and funded by the Department of Health in England.

The project has centred on helping families who are raising children with learning disabilities whose behaviour may be described as challenging to get the right information and support early on. The ‘Paving the Way’ website aims to collate all the information and resources that the project has generated in one easy-to-navigate site.