MaDCaff is Go…

MadcaffDisability Arts Cymru is supporting a new project in West Wales, funded by Time to Change Wales. MaDCaff is going to be holding monthly events, alternating between Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, starting in the New Year. Each event will be a mixture of Performances by musicians and dancers who have been affected by mental illness, themed ‘swap-shops’ where attendees will be encouraged to bring different items to swap – e.g. DVDs and CDs, books, clothes and shoes, etc., and some unbooked space for socialising/ networking/ meeting people.

Currently we have a project representative in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion and are looking to recruit a volunteer from Pembrokeshire. With support from DAC, each county’s representative will take the lead in one event every three months and will be responsible for finding a venue and putting out the word in their local area – with help from the other two and DAC – including the design of marketing materials.

If you are interested in getting involved in this project, which promises to be very popular, either as a Pembrokeshire Representative, or as a performer, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

We’re on twitter @theMaDCaff and also on Facebook, just search Facebook for ‘MaDCaff’, plus we have a blog – or scan the QR code below.

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‘We’re People Who do Shows’: Back to Back Theatre – Performance, Politics, Visibility

Edited by Helena Grehan and Peter Eckersall

Back to Back Theatre has transformed contemporary theatre in Australia and internationally with their unique theatricality and imagination. Based in Geelong, in regional Australia, the company is driven by an ensemble of actors perceived to have intellectual disabilities. Their work is inspired by a need to communicate the intrinsic experience of being alive.

b2b_cover_This book gathers key perspectives on Back to Back Theatre including interviews, documentation and scripts selected by the company and here made available to the reader for the first time. Accompanying this are scholarly essays and artistic reflections on some of the company’s most important and influential shows, including Soft, small metal objects, Food Court and Ganesh Versus the Third Reich. Providing insights from both inside and outside of Back to Back’s creative processes, this book offers a composite set of reflections on creativity, performance, politics, visibility and humanity.

Published by Performance Research Books (Wales, UK)

To order:

UK/World – Performance Books, Wales

Tel: +44 (0) 1970 358 021

Email: [email protected]



Management and Leadership Training

Management and Leadership Training with Marilyn Godfrey

‘Synthesis‘ – NLP(Neurolinguistic Programming) and CBT(Cognitive Behavioural Training)

The International NLP Trainers Association CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER of the Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming & Cognitive Behavioural Training December 7 & 8 2013 , January 25 & 26 2014, February 1 2014 Cardiff This is a practical, powerful, interactive 5 day course introducing the skills and thinking of NLP and CBT.

The separate modules allow for reflection and personal development. It is a unique, stand-alone, complete programme of Practitioner training that offers training, qualifications, certification, ongoing support and enables clients and businesses to accelerate performance development and make it stick!

Successful delegates will be qualified and able to deliver the system’s results and benefits. In these 5 days we explore how these sciences apply to Personal and Business performance development including; • discovering, challenging and changing limiting beliefs, both yours and those of others, developing excellence in personal performance • Improving your communication and motivational skills • successful negotiating, • Personal Development Plans, Well Formed Outcomes – with risk assessment, • developing your relationships, trust, rapport and sensory acuity as a Manager, Leader and Practitioner. • Dealing with difficult people

“Dr Marilyn Godfrey has provided invaluable help to Culture Group over the last four years, preparing staff for demanding situations; managing conflicts, combating stress and in improving performances for both themselves and the wider teams they deal with around the UK and overseas.” Glynn Pegler FMA. Chief Executive of Culture Group Ltd. Director, UnLtd, The Foundation for Social awareness of Entrepreneurs The programme is practical and infused with feedback.

We also like it to be fun as well as interactive so you learn how to produce excellence time after time after time. Delegates maintain a personal journal for reflective practice and complete home study assignments and case studies during the course of the training.

Successful delegates will receive the Synthesis Practitioner INLPTA certificate and confirmation of their logged hours CPD. They will also be eligible for personal practice Insurance via Balens Insurers.

Cost £1015 including Certification. National Occupational Standards Units : A1/A2/B6/B9D1/D2/D9.

For more information and to book now please contact Marilyn on 07914406506 or email Marilyn

Subsidy Funding available People working and /or living in Wales may be eligible for a Welsh Government subsidy funding under ELMS of up to 50% or ReAct funding in cases of redundancy of up to 100%. Contacts [email protected] telephone 016866 620243 To access ReAct funding telephone Careers Wales on 0800 0284844

Mental Health Matters

Delivered by Sophie Gorst Tuesday – 12 November

Everyone working with children and young people have a responsibility for their mental health. There is an identified need to raise awareness of mental health and help recognise early symptoms of difficulties and opportunities for mental health promotion.

The All Wales Mental Health Strategy was launched last year and during consultation with children and young people it became clear that they want more information and education on the topic.

Mental Health is often misunderstood and is not always an easy topic to understand and talk about.

Aim – Raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health. On completion of the course participants will receive: – Certificate of attendance.

The objectives of the training are to enable participants to:

  • Increased awareness of mental health
  • Challenge stigma issues related to Mental Health
  • Identify risk and resilience factors
  • Build awareness of resources available
  • Raise confidence in talking about Mental Health

Cost: The course is free to attend

Mental Health Matters will also be delivered on the following dates: –

Tuesday 12th November 2013 Ysgol Brynhyfryd

Tuesday 21st January 2014 Conwy TBC

Tuesday 18th March 2014 Denbighshire TBC

There are only three more dates available (12th November 2013 or 21st January 2014 or 18th March 2014) so please book soon by completing the attached flyer and sending it to [email protected] asap!

Arts Council of Wales

New music scheme to offer brightest Welsh talent chance to shine.

WomexBBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales announce a music initiative to support emerging contemporary music artists in Wales and help provide a legacy from the WOMEX World Music Expo hosted in Cardiff in October 2013.

The scheme – Horizons/Gorwelion – will be jointly funded by BBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales across the next two years, supporting artists and bands working in Welsh and English. Horizons/Gorwelion will grow fresh musical talent by offering a platform for contemporary music at events across Wales and through the BBC’s national radio services – BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales. The scheme will showcase the most exciting unsigned acts through the new ‘The Sounds of 2014’ initiative and help unlock future potential through a ‘Launchpad Fund’.

The Sounds of 2014

The Sounds of 2014 will showcase 12 unsigned artists or acts from Wales with the potential to make a real breakthrough in 2014. The acts will be brought together under one brand to develop and showcase the freshest and most exciting artists across Wales. The acts will be chosen by a panel of industry experts.

Events Partnership

Working with Arts Council Wales, BBC Cymru Wales will broadcast live from over 10 major events across Wales per year, providing a showcase for new and emerging music talent and underlining the diversity of Welsh music in both languages.

Launchpad Fund

The Launchpad Fund will help support unsigned artists with the potential to significantly further their career within the next two years. It will offer grants of up to £5,000 to new Welsh artists towards resources such as instruments and equipment, rehearsal and demo time and tour costs.

Recipients will be chosen by editorial experts from BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales and Arts Council of Wales to ensure support goes to the best talent of contemporary talent.

For more information contact:

Aled Rowlands 02920 322373 / [email protected]

Sian James 029 2044 1344 [email protected]

Radio Cardiff

Radio Cardiff logoDon’t forget Radio Cardiff are on every Tuesday 13:30-15:00  and you can tune in:

You can watch and listen live or catch up on previous shows here. Includes interviews with the Cwtch Network, Cardiff & Vale College, Theatre Versus Oppression and our first musical guest 15 year old Sizwe Chitiyo.

If you work or offer services in Cardiff and would like to promote your organisation, no matter how big or small, please get in touch. It’s a friendly, informal chat and a great way to get your message out. We’ll even record it and send you a copy for your own website!

Follow us for show news and updates @DiverseCardiff

Diverse Cymru – promoting equality for all


Physically Being Me.

Six Stories of Deaf and Disabled Dancers

Community Film UnitA film by the Foundation for Community Dance.

FCD are proud to share with you our new short film entitled Physically Being Me, which explores the positive journeys and thoughts of disabled people who dance from their point of view.

Featuring: Louise Dickson, DJ, Kate Marsh, Chisato Minamimura, Welly O’Brien and Tom Thomasson.

Watch the video on YouTube:

This film was created with the Community Film Unit and was funded through the award winning Speak Up Film Fund.