Free Music & Mince Pies Concert,

21st Dec 2019 , 3-4pm, Bethany Baptist Church Rhiwbina, Cardiff

A FREE Music and Mince Pies Christmas concert  will  be held at Bethany Baptist Church Rhiwbina on Saturday 21st December 3-4pm with a retiring collection in aid of the work of Live Music Now in Wales. 
It is an all age event and dementia friendly. Our fantastic brass quintet Blackweir Brass will help herald the arrival of Christmas with a range of festive and familiar tunes, and free mince pies and hot drinks will be served afterwards. 
Live Music Now is the UK’s leading musicians development and outreach charity, and in Wales we work in all 22 counties delivering 350-550 performances a year. In particular we bring the transforming power of high quality live music to care homes and hospitals with isolated older people and those living with dementia, as well as rurally deprived primary schools and children with special educational needs and disabilities. We are also currently working with Ty Hafan children’s hospice and Noah’s Ark children’s hospital.
Here is a short video which explains more of our work:
We hope you can join us for this free festive celebration!

Taking Flight Theatre

D/deaf Youth Theatre

Supporting the Youth Theatre- how does it work?

You can make a gift to the Youth Theatre which could then be boosted by additional gifts from Aviva staff when the campaign opens to them next week, making your money go even further.

Selected Aviva staff have been given free money by Aviva to spend on the Community Fund projects!

Support us with the money you might otherwise spend on Christmas cards, a gingerbread latte or a new tree bauble!

There are lots of lovely rewards up for grabs too, from your name framed in BSL, to T shirts, to Deaf Awareness training for up to 20 people (useful for companies and charities).

It’s easy- all you have to do it click and support!

The youth theatre is funded in the main part by BBC Children in Need with additional support from The Laura Ashley Foundation. Your support will pay for travel bursaries, one to one support for specific young people and additional activity in the holidays.

If you know a young person aged 4-18 who you think might like to attend the Youth Theatre here in Cardiff, please email [email protected] or contact us via our Facebook page 

The Youth Theatre will meet every Saturday from January 11th 2020 (term time). It will be lead in BSL and English (by Steph and Anna) and there will be plenty of volunteers around to support participants to get the most out of the sessions.

All staff and volunteers will have Child Protection training and will be DBS checked.

If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch in the same way. You won’t need to be available every Saturday, as we’ll be operating a rota system.

Our Aviva campaign is now LIVE!

We’ve had our first pledge of £250 (thanks Pat Dawson!) and today you too can support young D/deaf and Hard of Hearing people in South Wales to grow in confidence, learn new skills, make friends and participate in the artistic life of Wales.

Click here to make a gift

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Disability Arts Online

Access to Work Digital Guide

Arts Council England and Disability Arts Online have published a digital guide to Access to Work – an employment support programme run by the Department for Work and Pensions. Access to Work can provide grants to remove barriers disabled people face in undertaking paid employment, including for equipment, travel and support workers.

The guide, which is available in a variety of different formats including easy read and audio-only, clarifies the Access to Work process and provides specific advice for the arts and cultural sector. Recognising that there are many different types of work in the sector, and that artists and creatives often work in a freelance capacity, there are three sections to the guide: one for self-employed workers, one for employees (or prospective employees) and one for employers.

A growing number of resources complement the guide, including information on how Access to Work relates to Arts Council Funding and case studies from disabled-led theatre company Graeae and a self-employed visual artist.

Each section of the guide has a video version, which includes British Sign Language and optional captions, presented by theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom (best known for her alter ego Touretteshero) and D/deaf theatre access consultant and BSL performer, Deepa Shastri.

The guide is available in all its formats here.

For further information and to watch a trailer please go here


Tell us what you think of Chapter!

Chapter Arts CentreJoin us at one of the following workshops on 12 or 24 September, 4pm-7pm, where we invite you to share thoughts, feelings and ideas about Chapter Arts. 

12th Sep @ Chapter Arts Centre

24th Sep @ Culture & Media Centre, Loudoun Square 

Whether you attend Chapter or not, we want to know who feels welcome at Chapter and if you don’t, why you don’t. Chapter is keen to work towards being more inclusive and involved with audiences and communities that may not feel welcomed enough at the moment, and we need your help to achieve this! Find out more and register to attend through Eventbrite.


Not all comments made may be used within a final report or plan and we won’t be able to action every idea that is raised, but they will all be considered. Any information you provide will be anonymous – in other words, it will not be possible to identify you.


We would love to hear your ideas, suggestions and opinions. We particularly welcome the input of people who are younger, older, people of colour, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, LGBTQIA+, D/deaf or disabled, from poorer backgrounds, who are happy to share their experiences.


If you can’t attend but would like to have an input, you can complete a survey here: How can Chapter be more inclusive?


And if you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected]

Exciting news from Taking Flight Theatre Company

We’re opening a Youth Theatre for young D/deaf & Hard of Hearing people  Autumn 2019 in Cardiff!





                                                                            For 4 years we have been dreaming of a Deaf lead youth theatre specifically for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing young people in Wales. London has one… why not Cardiff? Some of you might remember that we ran a couple of week long summer schools back in 2015 during which we met some wonderfully inspiring young people (one of whom now works for ITV no less!)

2 years ago we began the long process of applying for funding. And now we’re here to announce to the world… to shout- and sign- from the rooftops that we’ve made it. BBC Children in Need have approved our application to run a youth theatre in Cardiff for 3 years.

The Youth Theatre- yet to be named- will run out of The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, and we want to say a massive diolch to them for supporting this project.

There will be 3 age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18 so little ones won’t have to wait long until they can join!
All the groups will be lead by a Deaf facilitator and sessions will run in BSL and English, with interpreters present too.

Throughout the 3 years, there will be bags of opportunities for young people to perform, to share what they’ve learnt, to get involved in the non performing aspects of theatre production, to grow in confidence and to be inspired. At least once a year we’ll be organising trips to see the very best in Deaf lead theatre and performance. We’ll also be bringing in inspiring Deaf creatives and theatre practitioners to work with our young groups on specific skills. We just cannot wait to be doing all these things, and for our Deaf leaders to be inspiring the #DeafTalent of the future.

So what does this mean to you?

Perhaps you know of a D/deaf or Hard of Hearing young person who would like to join. If you do, drop me an email on
[email protected] 
and we can make sure they know when we open in the Autumn. If they’re currently too young, let us know anyway and we can put them on the waiting list.

Perhaps you’re over 18 and would like to volunteer. If this is the case, also drop me a line and we can discuss this in more detail. We’re especially keen to hear from potential volunteers who have some BSL skills.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media too as we’ll be recruiting very soon for a Deaf leader and an assistant facilitator. Could either of these roles be you?

Perhaps you’re a Deaf arts professional who has a skill you’d like to share with our groups.

And look out as we’ll be inviting people to our sharings once the youth theatres start creating.

In the meantime, we’ve applied to be part of the Christmas Big Give to raise further funds to support the Youth Theatre. If you think you could be one of our start off big pledgers (rather than a donor during Big Give Week) let us know and we can send you a pledge form. We need to raise £1250 by the 30th August in pledges to be part of the week.


Taking flight -

Help raise funds for DAC when you shop on line

Thank you to all our supporters who are raising funds for us when using the Easy Fundraising  site to shop on line.
We have raised £149.86 so far.
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You can also raise funds for us if  you shop on line through Amazon Smile.  We have raised £29.38 so far.

If you haven’t signed up yet please visit and nominate DAC as your chosen charity

Thank you for supporting DAC

See Around Britain! – accessibility travel app



Our groundbreaking photo travel app, gives visitors an advance look inside public venues, enabling the user to check out if it is suitable for their interests or needs, including families with young children, older citizens, or individuals with a wide range of impairments.  

Please have a look at what we do – 

See Around Britain & See Around Europe form a huge photo gazetteer throughout the UK and Ireland and mainland Europe, designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue will be suitable for visits.

Everything from transport access to washroom facilities can be viewed in a series of photographs of the venue. View the suitability and accessibility before you plan to visit or arrive at the venue.

Information about Touch Trust

Touch Trust provides person-centered sessions, which contain a varied programme, including music, movement, massage and relaxation. We also employ sensory integration techniques, such as focusing on proprioceptive awareness.


We are inclusive and open to all ages and abilities. Many of our “Guests” are on the autistic spectrum, have learning disabilities or other complex needs.  We celebrate the successes and abilities of our Guests, regardless of how nuanced these may be.  we promote  creative expression, communication and self-esteem, encouraging our Guests to achieve their potential in our supportive environment.  Above all, we foster a fun and enjoyable atmosphere!


Why not come along to find out what’s on each week?  You can also visit us on our facebook page ( or call us on 02920635660 for more information

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