BSL Courses

sign language logo New Academic Year 2013-2014 New BSL Courses

(BSL Training and Consultancy)will be offering the following BSL courses starting September 2013-July 2014 in the  Bath/Bristol /Chippenham area.

BSLcourses culminate in the Ofqual accredited Institute of British Sign Language Qualifications(

Level 1 Award in BSL Studies September 2013-Jul 2014 (weekly, term time only)

Monday morning: 10:00-12:00 OR Wednesday evening: 18:00-20:00 Cost: £300 (includes subscription to Signworld:

Level 2 Certificate in BSL Studies September 2013-Jul 2014 (weekly, term time only)

Monday afternoon: 13:00-16:00 Cost: £500 (includes subscription to Signworld) 10% discount for returning Learners

Level 3 Certificate in BSL Studies September 2013-July 2014 (monthly)

Friday 09.30-16.30 Cost: £1400 (includes subscription to Signworld)  10% discount for returning Learners

For further information please email: [email protected]

Or contact: Richard Humphries: 07912 888554


Volunteers Needed

Theatr Ffynnon.

theatr ffynnonTheatr Ffynnon is always looking for Volunteers to work with the Company, and our membership. Whether it is at our residencies & productions, or involvement with our smaller community projects we have on the go, or at our core weekly workshop programme, there is always an opportunity to engage and support us.

Whether you’re looking for creative opportunities to develop your skills and drama/ arts techniques; to build your confidence & meet new people or you just simply want to give your time, then here is an opportunity for you.

We are looking for a volunteer to support one of our lead tutor’s working with a transitional group of young people (16-19 year old) with learning disabilities at Crownbridge School, Torfaen. The workshop runs on a Thursday 4-6pm weekly and during term time.

For further information on how you can volunteer with this group, please contact:

[email protected]

Theatr Ffynnon

54 Victoria Street

Old Cwmbran


NP44 3JN


Accessible Screenings

Just a reminder for you.

Audio Described cinema & DVD.

Check out this web site for audio described cinema screenings:

Latest audio described DVD releases:

Sub-titled cinema

Check out this web site for sub-titled screenings:

Find your local cinema, bookmark the page, check it every Friday for the latest shows!







Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales

daffodilThe Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts projects across Wales that work with digital technologies to expand audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models for the arts sector within Wales.

There has never been a better time for the arts sector to explore how to use digital technologies to reach new audiences. However, despite lots of experimentation in the arts, it is not always easy to understand what innovations work.

A key element of the £400,000 Fund is supporting collaborative partnerships between organisations with arts projects and technology providers to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts sector to innovate.

For more information about the fund, or to make an application, please visit

You can book a slot at our funding surgery at the Eisteddfod on Thursday 8th August –for a slot email – [email protected];

Or for more infromation email [email protected]


Summer Schools at the Riverfront, Newport

RiverfrontYouth Theatre Summer School

Ages 7-11 – Monday 5 August – Friday 9 August, £45

Ages 12+ – Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August, £45

Does your little one have star quality? Our Youth Theatre Summer School returns this year to create superstars out of bored children! This will be a week long course where the children will receive professional tuition and technical support to devise their own production that will be performed for friends and family on The Riverfront main theatre stage at the end of the week. The Summer School has a limited capacity so we do advise that you pre-book, which you can do by calling our Box Office or by popping into the Theatre.

For more information have a look at our website.

Music Academy Summer School

Age 12+ – Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August, £30

Following the success of the Legal and General Music Academy which ran throughout the year we are pleased to announce the Music Academy Summer School. This will be a week long course where you will receive professional tuition on song writing, DJ, MC-ing and performance skills in order to perform live on stage at the end of the week. Have a look here for more information.

The Music Academy is supported by Legal & General.

Build a Band Workshops

Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August, £30

This course is open for participants to come either as a group or individually and will begin the process of forming a band. Workshops will cover choosing a good combination of instruments, working out chords for songs and putting all the skills learnt for an open mic performance at the end of the week.

This workshop is open to children aged 12 and over. All details available here.

Box office: 01633 656757


Guide Dogs Streets Ahead campaign

Guide dogYour help is needed by Guide Dogs in the completion of their survey.  I am sure that you can see the importance of their survey and will do your best to help.

Guide Dogs is again running its streets ahead survey to gather information about obstacles and barriers to mobility on residential roads and high streets. Previously this was the most comprehensive piece of intelligence gathering in recent times and has helped shape campaigning on de-cluttering the street environment.

The survey is online at:

The results will be used to help inform Guide Dogs Streets Ahead campaign, It goes without saying that the more results we get the more effective and targeted we can make the campaign. I know all of us in our professional lives hear from a lot of people who have problems with wheelie bins, overhanging branches and shared street schemes so hopefully this survey should be something that will be of interest to a lot of people.

How you can help:

If you could spread the word about the survey amongst your local contacts that would be a big help. If they get sufficient responses they will be able to regionalise the results again, like they did for the Road to Nowhere bus survey, so the more people that complete the survey locally, the stronger their regional statistics will be.

The weblink to share with people again is:

It is a lot easier for them if people complete this online as they can analyse the results much quicker. They have also attached a plain text version as well as a word document version of the survey which can be printed out, completed and returned to them as they want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part. If people opt for this method please let them know and send the completed surveys back to them at the address at the bottom of this article.

The deadline for this survey is the end of July and the results will be published in the Autumn. If you have any questions about it then please feel free to get back to them.

Nathan Foy – Mobile: 07795 611 477, Office: 0845 37 27 405

website:  and


Guide Dogs Cymru

Building 3

Easter Business Park

ST. Mellons

Cardiff   CF3 5EA


West Wales Event Survey

Are you based in West Wales?

Event Graphic - 33% Social Networking, 33% Entertainment and 33% Information

We are thinking about holding an event somewhere in West Wales to allow disabled artists and anyone interested in disability arts to get together, somewhere within West Wales. The event will probably be a mix of entertainment from some local artists, information by way of talks/ presentations from the same/ other artists who have had successes in the arts, whether that be ACW grants or other interesting stories, and then  open time to do some relaxed, sociable networking.

If this sounds interesting to you, please fill in the survey as that will help us to decide whether and where to do an event. The survey is directed at people living in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire but if you leave near the borders and you want to participate, just pick your nearest spot in one of these counties and fill it in.

Click here to access the survey.

Society For All Artists

Society for All ArtistsWe have recently been told about the SAA (Society for All Artists) and recommend it to any artists who would like to share their work and feel part of a network of artists.

Standard membership is £27.50 a year which includes a regular excellent magazine, free delivery on art supplies from their shop and a lot of other benefits.

Have a look at their web site and see what they have to offer.  Its full of information, competitions, tuition and lots more.

For all information please go to:



Person to Person Citizen Advocacy

p2pcitizenadvocacyPerson to Person Citizen Advocacy is looking for committed new trustees to become members of our Management Committee. We are a charity with one simple aim: for people with learning disabilities to fulfil their potential by providing them with new opportunities and skills that will lead to rewarding and active lives. We do this by putting their needs and ideas at the heart of what we do.

Our projects

Citizen Advocacy: We identify individuals who have a learning disability, who are socially isolated, disadvantaged and who may benefit from the support of a Citizen Advocate. We recruit and train volunteers from the local community to become Citizen Advocates. We then “match” the Advocates to suitable Partners (person with a learning disability) and provide continued support to the partnerships.

Parent Advocacy: Parent Advocates are full-time, paid Advocates who work with parents/prospective parents with learning disabilities in matters concerning their children. Through our parent advocacy project we give parents with learning disabilities a better understanding of parenting issues and support them to look after their children themselves.

Can you help?

We are looking for committed, passionate individuals with an interest in or experience of one of the following:-

  • Social justice
  • People with learning disabilities
  • Management experience
  • Community involvement

Person to Person Citizen Advocacy is based in the Caerphilly and Bridgend county boroughs. Our board of trustees meets every 6-8weeks, but we are looking for individuals who will be as active as possible in supporting the charity.

Bargoed YMCA, Aeron Place, Gilfach, Bargoed, CF81 8JA. (01443) 834145

For more information please go to the web site: