A new community art therapy group is due to start in January for the benefit of Meirionnydd residents who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The ‘New Directions’ initiative will be delivered by the arts therapy service at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in partnership with Gwynedd Council’s Community Art Unit.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Through art-making, people can express and explore feelings that are at times confusing and difficult to communicate verbally. It is not about artistic skill and participants do not need any previous art-making experience; art is used as a positive and creative outlet for energy and expression.
This is a new service for people who have a history of complex, enduring, emotional and behavioural difficulties often stemming from early experiences. Participants will be referred to the service via the local community mental health team. The New Directions community art therapy group will meet weekly in Dolgellau between January and April 2016 and the programme will run for twelve weeks.
The service aims to offer its participants an opportunity to explore and understand difficulties with other people who have similar problems. Sessions will facilitate decision making and self-awareness. The group will support its members to make positive changes in life and help increase self-confidence and self-esteem.
The group will be facilitated by art psychotherapists Pamela Stanley from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Gwawr Wyn Roberts from Gwynedd Council. Pamela Stanley explained…
“This is a new partnership which will offer continuing therapeutic support for mental health service users living in the community. Similar groups have been held in Anglesey and Arfon in the past and we are very pleased to be able to expand the service to Meirionnydd in 2016”
For more information about the art therapy group please contact Pamela Stanley:
Cyfeiriadau Newydd – Grŵp Therapi Celf Gymunedol i’w gynnal yn Nolgellau
Mae grŵp therapi celf gymunedol newydd ar fin cychwyn ym mis Ionawr ar gyfer trigolion sy’n profi anawsterau iechyd meddwl ym Meirionnydd. Bydd cynllun ‘Cyfeiriadau Newydd’ yn cael ei gynnal gan wasanaeth therapïau celfyddydol Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr mewn partneriaeth ag Uned Celfyddydau Cymunedol Cyngor Gwynedd.
Mae therapi celf yn ffurf o seicotherapi sy’n defnyddio cyfrwng celf fel ei brif ffordd o gyfathrebu. Gall bobl ddefnyddio celf i fynegi ag archwilio meddyliau a theimladau sy’n anodd eu cyfathrebu ar lafar. Nid yw ynglŷn â sgil artistig ac nid oes angen i gyfranogwyr fod â phrofiad blaenorol o wneud gwaith celf; mae’r celf yn cael ei ddefnyddio fel modd positif a chreadigol i sianelu egni a mynegiant.
Mae’r gwasanaeth newydd hwn ar gyfer pobl sydd â hanes o anawsterau cymhleth, hir dymor, emosiynol ag sydd â phroblemau ymddygiad, o ganlyniad i brofiadau cynnar. Bydd y cyfranogwyr yn cael eu cyfeirio at y gwasanaeth gan y tîm iechyd meddwl lleol. Bydd grŵp therapi celf Cyfeiriadau Newydd yn cwrdd yn wythnosol yn Nolgellau rhwng Ionawr a Ebrill 2016 ac fe fydd y gwasanaeth yn rhedeg am ddeuddeg wythnos.
Mae’r gwasanaeth yn anelu i gynnig cyfleoedd i archwilio a deall anawsterau gyda phobl eraill sydd â phroblemau tebyg. Bydd y sesiynau’n helpu mynychwyr i wneud penderfyniadau ac yn annog hunanymwybyddiaeth. Bydd y grŵp yn cefnogi’r aelodau i wneud newidiadau positif yn eu bywydau ac yn helpu i godi hunan hyder a hunan barch.
Bydd y grŵp yn cael ei hwyluso gan y therapyddion celf Pamela Stanley o Fwrdd Iechyd Betsi Cadwaladr a Gwawr Wyn Roberts o Gyngor Gwynedd. Eglurodd Pamela Stanley…
“Bydd y bartneriaeth newydd hwn yn cynnig cefnogaeth therapiwtig barhaus ar gyfer defnyddwyr gwasanaeth iechyd meddwl sy’n byw yn y gymuned. Mae grwpiau tebyg wedi cael eu cynnal yn Ynys Môn ac Arfon yn y gorffennol ac yr ydym yn hynod falch o fod yn gallu ymestyn y Gwasanaeth i Feirionnydd yn 2016.”
Am fwy o wybodaeth am y grŵp therapi celf cysylltwch â Pamela Stanley:
The BBC One show X-Ray has been in touch, in the forthcoming series starting in February they are keen to shine the spotlight on access barriers faced by disabled people in Wales when using public transport – in particular bus, rail and taxis.
“They are keen to hear from disabled people in Wales who have been left inconvenienced, frustrated or out of pocket by their experiences of public transport in Wales during the last six months or so. (This can be from any part of Wales and any mode of transport). They are particularly keen to explore access issues regarding the use of taxi such as increased cost of fare, unavailability in many areas of accessible taxis etc.”
Please contact X-Ray’s Carwyn Jones if you would like to share your experiences directly.
If you would like to CC me (Rhyan Berrigan) into any email experiences you would like to share, it would be much appreciated as it would assist Disability Wales ascertain recent prevalent access issues at [email protected] We could also pass your experiences onto Carwyn on your behalf if you wish.
Demystifying Access: A Resource Pack for the Performing Arts
Clara, Assistant Producer for Unlimited, has introduced a new guide for producers and performance makers on how to improve access for audiences in performing arts. The pack includes a range of topics from navigating costs to venue access, and offers some simple solutions. The resource pack is available here.
Roald Dahl was a storyteller unlike any other. His book sales – more than 200 million to date – give his success a tangible value.
But the Dahl effect runs deeper, inspiring the imaginations of children and adults, and prompting an array of films, stage shows, merchandise and chocolate bars.
Mention Dahl and his characters dominate the discussion. Willy Wonka, the BFG, Matilda. But what of the man who concocted the literary worlds that provided so much pleasure to generations of children and their parents?
As the world marks the centenary of his birth in 2016, there will be a considerable effort to promote Wales’ role in nurturing Roald Dahl.
While he was born in Cardiff, his Norwegian heritage and an adult life spent mostly in England meant Wales had not always made the most of its fundamental claim.
“I think he is probably quite under-leveraged in Cardiff as a cultural icon. It’s a chance to re-claim him as one of our own”, said Graeme Farrow, the artistic director of Wales Millennium Centre, who has pushed for a big Welsh birthday celebration to mark Dahl’s centenary.
“Roald Dahl is a son of Cardiff, and he’s particularly associated with the Bay. His father worked in the Coal Exchange, the area outside our building is named Roald Dahl Plas and the Norwegian church is around the corner.
“So I just thought, how could we not celebrate the centenary of one of Cardiff’s most famous sons?”
ROALD DAHL’S CARDIFF CONNECTION
Born during World War One on 13 September 1916 in Llandaff. His Norwegian father Harald was a ship broker and he was named after polar explorer Roald Amundsen
The family moved to live in Radyr – a house called Ty Mynydd – in 1918
He went to school in Llandaff until 1925, before being sent out of Wales to boarding school
A blue plaque now marks the former sweet shop in Llandaff, where Roald and his friends played a trick on the miserable owner Mrs Pratchett, by putting a mouse in a jar of gobstoppers
Despite travelling and living and working away from Wales he always had a great love for his home city
Like the Dylan Thomas centenary in 2014, the events marking 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth will span the arts, schools and tourist trails in Wales.
But Dahl’s birthday in September is when Cardiff plans to host the biggest celebration of his life and work, with an unprecedented performance on the city’s streets and in its best-known buildings.
City of the Unexpected is being staged by Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales and directed by Nigel Jamieson, an Australian theatre director with an international profile.
His previous commissions include the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony and the celebrations that started Liverpool’s year as European City of Culture.
He is promising “three amazing days” when Cardiff becomes the centre of Roald Dahl’s centenary celebrations.
A cast of thousands of actors, singers, dancers and ordinary members of the public will be involved in an event inspired by Dahl’s incredible imagination.
“There’ll be lots of Dahl characters, but the rhythm of the city and the laws of physics will also give way to the laws of Dahl’s imagination. It will become a city of the unexpected, and reality will be full of surprises”, Mr Jamieson said.
The director does not want to reveal too much about what he has planned, but the characters and creations from Roald Dahl’s books will play a central part.
He is hoping to recruit “enthusiasts” from other walks of life to be part of the show, with “a huge range of people’s skills and fascinations” on display.
Classic car clubs, sports teams, and animal handlers are thought to be among his wish-list of participants.
The planning is advanced, and Jamieson’s experience of working with large groups of performers means he is fairly relaxed about bringing thousands of people together in Cardiff.
“People are wonderful to work with, the bigger the event and the occasion the more they rise up to the challenges of it”, he said.
‘One of ours’
City of the Unexpected will happen over the weekend of the 15-17 September.
Wales Millennium Centre will host an exhibition, The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl, in the second half of 2016 which will feature artefacts from Dahl’s personal life.
It is also working with the Aloud charity to stage Land of Song, which will see school children across Wales learn songs inspired by Roald Dahl ahead of a series of performances in Cardiff Bay in June 2016.
Literature Wales, which promotes reading, is distributing money to organisations hoping to stage their own events.
Its chief executive, Lleucu Siencyn, said she was looking for events that focus on the “makers of mischief, masters of invention and champions of good”.
“The challenge is to bring Dahl back to Wales. He’s one of ours but not many people realise that. So let’s make sure we bring Dahl back to Wales and we make it a year to remember,” she said.
Roald Dahl clung to his Cardiff connections long after leaving Wales. In 2016 the land of his birth hopes to repay his loyalty with an extraordinary year of celebrations.
The start of 2015 saw DASH in Wales, shortlisting artists for the ‘Tu Fewn’ commissioning project.
Our partners in Wales are Ffotogallery, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, G39 and Disability Arts Cymru. In February the artists were selected. You can find out more about the artists and projects here http://www.dasharts.org/projects.html
‘Tu Fewn’ is Welsh for ‘Inside’, which is the name of the commissioning project launching in the Midlands…