Scope – About Disability

ScopeScope has a new online community newsletter. Whether you’re joining them from Netbuddy or Scope, you can enjoy receiving news and updates of what’s happening.

Their big news today is that the tips are now live – hundreds of tried and tested practical ideas on everything from travel to technology, all contributed by their members of their online community. Do check them out and please add your own. It doesn’t matter how simple it is, your idea could be someone else’s lightbulb moment! To find out more about their tips and how to use them, take a look at our blog.

Coming up over the next few months, they’ve got several themed weeks planned. They’re kicking off this week with a stress-busting parenting theme, which a lot of you will find useful. Their community advisor Noel Janis-Porter will be holding a webchat on Scope’s Facebook page for them tomorrow morning at 11am on the subject of calmer, easier, happier parenting. She’ll be following up her live Q&A with questions on the community, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to ask her a question.

Also, do check out Hannah Postgate’s blog about attitudes towards working mothers of disabled children. Is it really just a “lifestyle choice”, she asks?

To find out about all their community news and events, keep an eye on their Community news section and their Facebook page, where theywill be posting regular updates. Do please let them know if you have any suggestions for the online community. This is your space and they want to hear from you!

Attention Writers!

https___openclipart_org_download_19657_wsnaccad-feather-pen_svgBangor Cellar Writing Group

Bangor Cellar Writing Group meets on the third Monday of every month at 1815 Café, Waterloo Street in Bangor at 7pm till 9.30pm.  Everyone who writes is welcome, and the first meeting is free, thereafter £2 with a £10 annual subscription after coming for 3 months (this pays towards costs, regular prizes for members’ writing competitions, and the occasional guest speaker).  The Group is now in its 9th year, with a thriving membership, with currently three additional specialist groups meeting separately to concentrate on particular kinds of writing (the novel, short stories, poetry).  Most monthly meetings are taken up with manuscript readings as members are encouraged to share their work if they wish to, although readings are often varied with exercises and challenges.  In addition, members receive regular e-mail listings of writing competitions and calls for submissions and manuscripts.

1815 is an accessible venue, with no stairs, and an accessible toilet, and beverages can be purchased (cash only at present).

We would be very pleased to see new writers at a meeting so why not come along?  Or for more information and with any questions, please contact [email protected]

Mae Grŵp Ysgrifennu Seler Bangor

Mae Grŵp Ysgrifennu Seler Bangor yn cyfarfod ar y trydydd dydd Llun bob mis yn 1815 Café, Waterloo Street ym Mangor, 7 tan 9.30.  Mae yna groeso cynnes i bawb sy’n ysgrifennu, efo’r cyfarfod cyntaf yn rhydd ac am ddim a wedyn £2 ac efo tanysgrifiad blynyddol £10 ar ôl y tri mis wedyn (sy’n cyfrannu at costau, gwobrau am gystadleuaethau am aelodau, a siaradwyr gwadd bob hyn a hyn).  Mae’r grŵp wedi bod yn dwad efo’i gilydd am tua naw mlynedd efo aelodaeth sy wedi mynd o nerth i nerth, ac efo tri grŵp ychwanegol sy’n canolbwytio ar ardaloedd ysgrifennu gwahanol (nofelau, straeon byrion a barddoniaeth).  Mae’r aelodau yn cael eu chalonnogi  rhannu eu gwaith gan ddarllen yn y cyfarfodydd, ac hefyd mae yna ymarferion a heriau ysgrifennu.  Mae’r aelodau yn cael negeseuon e-bost yn aml efo manylion cystadleuaethau ysgrifennu a galwadau ar gyfer cyflwyniadau a thestunau.

Mae 1815 yn feniw hygyrch, heb risiau, ac efo toiled hygyrch.  Mae’r caffi yn gwerthu diodydd (ond arian parod yn unig ar hyn o bryd).

Byddem yn falch iawn gweld ysgrifennwyr newydd yn ein cyfarfodydd felly beth am ddwad?  Am fwy o wybodaeth neu am unrhyw gwestiynau, cysylltwch â [email protected]

Xander’s Exhibition at Pembroke Dock Library

Alex Fox Robinson- 2For those of you who are not going to be able to see Xander’s exhibition this month at the Pembroke Dock library I have now placed the images of his paintings on the website under GALLERIES 2014, you would have to scroll down to see all: 


Also some photos of the opening of the exhibition on the NEWS page:

What’s going on at the Chapter Arts Centre

Coming up  at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in the next few months:

Chapter Arts CentreEducation:

Animation for Young People on the Autistic Spectrum

From Wed 1 Oct 5.30pm — 7pm (For 10 weeks) – Age 8—18

Following our successful first year running animation courses for young people on the autistic spectrum and those with special educational needs, we’ll be running another 10–week course. These 90 minute sessions allow the young people taking part to increase social confidence and to learn and develop new or existing animation skills in a supportive, creative environment. Each session can stand alone or be part of a larger scheme of work, as individual learning programmes can be created by our experienced animation staff.

Places are limited each week. To sign up to the sessions contact [email protected]. Chapter will also be expanding the programme to run a limited number of taster sessions in schools that provide a curriculum for young people on the autistic spectrum. If you think that your school may qualify then please contact us to arrange a workshop.

£25 – Supported by BBC Children in Need


Pride – Fri 26 Sep — Thu 16 Oct

UK/2014/120mins/15. Dir: Matthew Warchus. With: Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Freddie Fox, Jessie Cave, Sophie Evans.

Set in the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money

to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. The activists are not deterred, however, and they decide to ignore the Union and go

directly to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a

surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

+ Audio Description on all screenings in cinema 1. Soft subtitles on Wednesday 10.30amOctober 8.30pm, Thursday 2 October 10.30am, Sunday 5 October 5.15pm, Wednesday 15 October . (Please note this is subject to change. Please call our Box Office to confirm on week of release).

A Most Wanted Man – Fri 10 — Thu 23 Oct

UK/2014/122mins/15. Dir: Anton Corbijn. With: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Issa Karpov, Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright.

When a Muslim half–Chechen, half–Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill–gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the

stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction–bent extremist? Based on the novel by John le Carré, this is a tense, cerebral story of post– 9/11 espionage with powerful central performances.

+ Audio Description on all screenings in cinema 1. Soft subtitles on Tuesday 14 October 5.45pm,  Thursday 16 October 10.30am, Friday 17 October 6pm, Saturday 18 October 8pm,  Monday 20 October 8.15pm, Wednesday 22 10.30am, Thursday 23 October 8.15pm. (Please note this is subject to change. Please call our Box Office to confirm on week of release).

Before I Go to Sleep – Fri 10 — Thu 16 Oct

UK/2014/92mins/15. Dir: Rowan Joffe. With: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong.

Waking every day with no memory of the last as a result of a traumatic accident in her past, Christine’s life changes when one day new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her in Joffe’s (28 Weeks Later, Brighton Rock) dark thriller.

+ Audio Description on all screenings in cinema 1. Soft subtitles on Mon 13 6.10pm,  Thursday 16 October 8.45pm . (Please note this is subject to change. Please call our Box Office to confirm on week of release).

Magic in the Moonlight – Fri 17 — Thu 30 Oct

USA/2014/97mins/12A. Dir: Woody Allen. With: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden.

Set in the south of France against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the swinging joints of the Jazz Age Cote D’Azur and fashionable spots for the decadent and wealthy, this new romantic comedy from Allen follows the personal and professional

complications which ensue once an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle.

+ Audio Description on all screenings in cinema 1. Soft subtitles on Mon 20 October 8.30pm, Tue 21 October 6pm, Thu 23 October 6pm. (Please note this is subject to change. Please call our Box Office to confirm on week of release).

The Boxtrolls – Sat 18 + Sun 19 Oct

UK/2014/100mins/PG. Dir: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable. With: Simon Pegg, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette.

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave–dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

+ Audio Description on all screenings in cinema 1. Soft subtitles on Sun 19 Oct, 11am. (Please note this is subject to change. Please call our Box Office to confirm on week of release).

Telephone:  02920 304400

Sherman Cymru – Sherman 5

romeo and juletWhat is Sherman 5?

When you join Sherman 5, your first visit to the theatre on one of our special Sherman 5 nights is FREE All you need to do is fill out a sign-up form to register.

Joining Sherman 5 allows you to access:

  • FREE first visit to a Sherman 5 night.
  • Subsequent visits for Sherman 5 nights: £5 (£2.50 for under 18s).
  • Sherman 5 Family offer – a FREE under 18 ticket for every adult ticket purchased.
  • FREE coach transport from Communities First areas in Cardiff on Sherman 5 nights (limited availability)
  • FREE Cardiff Bus Iff Cards to cover your transport to and from the theatre on Sherman 5 Nights.
  • 75 % Café discounts.
  • Exclusive FREE Sherman 5 activities and events created for new visitors.

In the first year Sherman 5 membership is open to residents and members of organisations in Communities First areas of Cardiff and community groups referred to the Sherman Theatre.

Sherman 5

Sherman 5 supports  Cardiff audiences who have not been to the Sherman before to see shows at the theatre.

We programme special Sherman 5 nights to see work in our theatre. The nights will have free food and drink, music, extra help from staff etc.

As a Sherman 5 member your first visit is free, subsequent visits are £5.00 for adults £2.50 under 18. If  an adult goes with an under 18 year old the child goes free.

We are also providing a coach which goes around each of the Com 1st areas before and after a show, coach travel is free but limited to the size of the coach.

Sherman 5 members can also access free Cardiff Bus Iff cards on Sherman 5 nights.

Photographic Project

Sherman 5 will be running a photographic project attached to our Sherman 5 night performance of Romeo and Juliet on the 3rd of October.

We have employed Splott based photographer Jon Poutney to take 452 portrait images of Sherman 5 audiences from across the Com 1st areas in Cardiff.

The photographs will be displayed in the Sherman and in the local community.

All of the participants will be enrolled as Sherman 5 members and will receive a complimentary copy of their image as well as an invite to the Sherman 5 night on the 3rd of October.

Web Site:

Wales Millennium Centre

WMC BuildingCommunity Assistants

We’re looking for two Community Assistants to take on yearlong paid internships.  Alongside garnering experience of working at a national performing arts centre, successful applicants will also embark on a further 3 placements – locally, nationally and Internationally!!

You don’t need previous experience in working in an arts venue, only the passion and the drive to see community arts thrive. It would also be advantageous of applicants to have a good working knowledge of the communities of Cardiff.  It’s perfect for someone who is at the start of their career or looking for a career change- either way it should be a really unique and useful experience both professionally and personally

Link to the job advert and application form here:

Torch Trophy Trust

Torch Trophy TrustBursaries of between £100 and £1,000 are available to help volunteers wishing to undertake training to improve their skills as coaches or officials.

The bursaries are for individuals or organisations who cannot obtain the funding from any other source.

Applications are welcome from all parts of the UK and from all sports including disability and youth.

The bursary application form can be downloaded from