Helfa Gelf – Training

CONFIDENCE for Creatives,
webinars with Susan Mumford, Be Smart About Art
What role does confidence, or a lack thereof, play in your creative career? For many people, it’s a hurdle that keeps getting in the way.
Dates of LIVE sessions, 8-9.30pm: 
Wednesday 1st November
Wednesday 15th November
Wednesday 29th November
More information:http://www.besmartaboutart.com/blog/330/the-results-are-in-confidence-for-creatives-what-hurts-what-helps
85% discount for Helfa Gelf members, contact katie@hefagelf.co.uk

Artist talk and tour –  EDGE
Monday 13 November @ Pontio Innovations level 2
If you are interested in learning about opportunities to develop your creative practice using technology this will be a day for you.

To co-incide with the Helfa Gelf EDGE exhibition at White Box in Pontio, Bangor there will be a training day where participants are given the opportunity to take part in an artist-led tour of the EDGE exhibition.  Here the artists involved will talk about their work and the potential for new digital technology to invigorate artistic visions and develop creative practice.  This will be combined with a guided tour of Pontio Innovate’s “Fab Lab” with demonstrations of the cutting edge technology available. 
Booking essential:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artist-talk-and-tour-edge-ymyl-sgwrs-a-thaith-i-artistiaid-tickets-38835237240
Evolving role of the curator
Wednesday 15 November, MOSTYN, Llandudno
Helfa Gelf is delighted to have arranged an exclusive introduction to the new exhibitions at the MOSTYN, where you will learn about the curation decisions behind the exhibitions as well has hearing more in depth about the evolving role of the curator.
More information & booking:

Community Music Wales

Upcoming Training

Community Music Wales will be running an introductory Community Music Tutor Training course in Llanrwst on 27th & 28th November 2017.
This is a two day practical course designed to give an understanding of community music and a taste of Community Music Tutor Training. This course is also useful to those who work with community groups and would like to explore using music activity in their work. Thanks to the Arts Council of Wales funding we are able to offer it at the amazing price of £50 (£30 concession).

For more information contact: 

hannaht@communitymusicwales.org.uk | 02920 838060

Community Music Wales Tutor Training



Are you a musician or music teacher interested in learning the skills to become a Community Music tutor?


Then this accredited Community Music Tutor Training programme is perfect for you.

Upcoming Training

 5 Day Course in Bangor, 11th, 12th, 18th, 25th and 26th of September.

The course is the only training of its kind in Wales that works towards an accredited certificate focused on workshop delivery.

Following on from this course, there are a limited number of paid placements to shadow one of our tutors, and gain real life experience of a project, to put what you’ve learnt into practice.

CMW are looking for music tutors of all levels; those with some experience, musicians new to the practice, those who are just curious about Community Music Tuition, and experienced tutors who may want to gain accreditation, extend your portfolio or brush up on certain aspects of your work.

If you would like any further information please email us at hannaht@communitymusicwales.org.uk or phone 02920 838060

Hijinx Academy Mid Wales

Free taster session – 11th September 2017- Aberystwyth Arts Centre


On Monday 11 September, learning disabled adults will be able to attend a free taster session for our Mid Wales Academy drama training course, based at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

The course has grown out of our year-long Pathway scheme, which is now ready to expand into our professional performance training – the Academy. Open to adults with learning disabilities or autism, who want to pursue a career in performing arts, our Mid Wales Academy joins the highly successful Academies already established in Cardiff, Carmarthen and Prestatyn. Students here have developed skills in physical theatre, acting for screen, dance, clown, improvisation and many more, and have performed all over the UK and Europe.

Students need to be committed, focused, hard-working and able to participate in the sessions independently. They will work with tutors who are professional arts practitioners initially for 1 day per week, expanding to 2 days per week when student numbers have increased sufficiently. The course is ongoing, 50 weeks per year, breaking only for Easter and Christmas.

The taster session will be from 9.30 – 3.30 at the Dance Studio and will give people the chance to experience a typical Academy day and meet the Hijinx team delivering the course.

For more information or to book a place on the taster day

email Dan McGowan (mailto:dan.mcgowan@hijinx.org.uk?subject=Hijinx%20Academy%20Mid%20Wales%20Taster%20Session)

or telephone 029 20 300 331.


Community Music Wales

Music Can Be The Breakthrough

At Community Music Wales we use music as a tool to enable people to express themselves. We have helped over 50,000 people in communities across Wales over the last 25 years.

Our tutors are musicians equipped with skills from our accredited Community Music Tutor Training programme. If then taken on, they work on a paid, freelance basis.

Upcoming Training

We have spaces available on our forthcoming training course in Bangor in September and we’d love to help you make your music make a difference.

For more information click here or contact:  hannaht@communitymusicwales.org.uk | 02920 838060

Learning Disability Wales

Supporting Adults with Down’s Syndrome in Social Care settings

Learning Disability Wales21 September in Cardiff

The techniques you will learn during this workshop will help you and the person you care to engage and communicate together, relieve stress and feel more positive.

This one day workshop will help those that care for someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a learning disability to use touch to help communication, relaxation and the relief of stress and anxiety.

This session will provide tools that carers and parents can use in everyday situations.

Click here to see more information and to make an online booking.

Designed for: Anyone in a support or caring role for someone who has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a learning disability.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 02920681174.

Inacia Rodrigues, Training Administrator, Learning Disability Wales

Direct Tel: 029 2068 1174  Reception: 029 2068 1160

My normal working days are Monday – Thursday                    

Learning Disability Wales

Learning Disability and Dementia

Learning Disability WalesOne day course

2 March in Cardiff

Places Available

To book now please click HERE

Course Details:

Title: Learning Disability and Dementia

Date: 2 March in Cardiff

Timings: 9.30 am – 5 pm


About the Course:

A one day course for health and social care staff supporting adults with a learning disability where a diagnosis of dementia is being considered.

This one day course will provide staff supporting adults with a learning disability with the skills to understand the importance of recognising possible signs of the onset of dementia and the need to take a differential diagnosis approach – is it, in fact, dementia or what other possible causes of changes in individuals’ functioning and wellbeing need to be considered? You will then learn practical strategies to ensure that individuals are well supported and their changing care needs are addressed.


Click here for more information and to make an online booking form


Designed for:

This course is designed for health and social care professionals supporting adults with a learning disability in a variety of settings, but especially those working in a supported living environment. In addition, it would be relevant to social workers involved in assessing care needs and others working in a supportive role such as day service staff, support workers and personal assistants etc.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Inacia Rodrigues

Training Administrator

Learning Disability Wales

Direct Tel: 029 2068 1174

Reception: 029 2068 1160

Work Experience opens on the BBC Careers Hub


Work Experience opens on the BBC Careers Hub on 30th August and the deadline for applications is 11th September 2016.

Please see below a link to the latest training opportunity at BBC Wales which may be of interest to jobseekers/ students within your community/organisation.


BBC Wales seek to recruit from as wide a pool of candidates as possible and we would welcome applications from suitably qualified and interested candidates. Working for BBC Wales is exciting, rewarding and challenging – and we want to ensure our doors are open to everybody with the attitude and commitment to succeed.

Please advise anyone that’s interested to look carefully at the role profile before applying. BBC Wales offer a wide variety of jobs and each job has its own specific skills and requirements which need to be met for the application to move forward so it is important that people apply for roles that really interest and suit them and the attributes, skills and qualifications that they have.


Should anyone wish to apply they can find more detail about the role and about how to apply by clicking into this link:




We do hope we hear from you.

Training for Voluntary Sector Organisations

Three New Courses this Autumn

bestlogo226x200Presenting Financial Information –  11th October 2016, Cardiff, £120 (includes buffet lunch and certificate of attendance)

This course teaches some simple rules and methods to help you get your message across in a clear and effective way.

The course will cover how to improve your skills in relation to 3 main areas:

  • presenting reports at meetings
  • writing proposals
  • summarising data for funding bids

Legislation and Volunteer Management – 9th November, Bridgend, £100 (includes buffet lunch and certificate of attendance)

Volunteer involvement is essential to the effectiveness of charities and voluntary groups. There are huge benefits from recruiting and involving volunteers but alongside this come certain legal responsibilities and practical demands.

If you are a trustee, director or volunteer manager this course will benefit you in providing information and advice on this important topic. It will also provide opportunities for sharing concerns and good practice with other participants.

Finance and Risk Management – 23rd November, Bridgend £100 (includes buffet lunch and certificate of attendance)

All charities are required to have a reserves policy but it is impossible to establish a robust reserves policy without first assessing the financial risks faced by your organisation.

This course is designed to help you improve your knowledge and understanding of the concept of risk management in relation to financial controls. It looks at the relationship of risk management to policies and practices including the setting of reserves levels.

Multiple bookings receive a 10% discount on all additional bookings (the most expensive booking will be treated as the first booking)

For further information or to book a place on a course please contact Shirley David on 01646 651655 or email: sdavid@bestuk.org.uk