Learning Disability Wales

Engage To Change Roadshows

Learning Disability WalesEbbw Vale and Carmarthen

Free Events

Engage to Change supports young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability and/or autism into paid work placements lasting 6-12 months.

Engage to Change will be in Ebbw Vale and Carmarthen bringing together people with a learning disability and autism, parents and carers, employers, local businesses, decision-makers and more to let you know how this project can benefit you.

This event is for:

  • People who provide support

Come along to find out how the project could benefit the people you work with through supported employment, from greater financial independence, to increased confidence and an expanded social circle. They can self-refer or you can refer them to us.

  • Employers

Drop in to the Roadshow to meet the team, get a taste of how it all works, and hear from other employers who have taken part and felt the benefits of welcoming Engage to Change participants to their workforce.

  • People with a learning disability and/or autism

Engage to Change may be able to support you to learn new skills and gain experience in the workplace, all with the aim of moving into paid employment. We look forward to having you at the event!

Venue: Ebbw Vale

Date: Tuesday, 24 September

Timings: 10:00 to 12:00

Book your place in Ebbw Vale here now!

 

Venue: Carmarthen

Date: Wednesday, 25 September

Timings: 10:00 to 12:00

Book your place in Carmarthen here now!

The Engage to Change project is delivered in partnership between Learning Disability Wales, Agoriad Cyf, All Wales People First, Cardiff University, ELITE and in collaboration with Project SEARCH.

Engage

Social Value Training Workshop: Understanding how to measure the costs, benefits and value created by arts and health interventions

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon, Torfaen 
Wednesday 11 September, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
https://museum.wales/bigpit/visit/location/

Ardudwy Meeting Room, Ardudwy Building, Bangor University 
Wednesday 2 October, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
https://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentservices/guide/building/ardudwy

In a climate of limited budgets and structural reform of local authorities, it is necessary to gain more understanding of what people value when deciding how to allocate resources. 

Traditional cost-effectiveness evaluation methods may not capture the full value of activities such as art initiatives that aim to improve health and wellbeing, as the benefits can be hard to quantify and can affect not just the person taking part but also the people in their wider network. 

Social return on investment (SROI) analysis is a framework which seeks to establish the broader social value generated by an initiative through evaluating its impact on the economy, the environment and its people.

This workshop will give an overview of what social value is and why it is important to measure the costs, benefits and value created by interventions; followed by a guide to the steps involved in conducting an SROI analysis using case studies and interactive groupwork exercises. The training will be delivered by Ned Hartfiel, Carys Jones and Eira Winrow from the Bangor University Social Value Hub. 

Delegate Fee

£35 organisations/local authorities/health boards
£25 freelance practitioners 

Light refreshments only 

Limited spaces, early booking recommended 

WAHWN would like to thank Bangor University and National Museum of Wales for hosting these workshops. 

Social Value Hub at Bangor University

What we do
The Social Value Hub at Bangor University offers advice, support, training, consultancy and assistance with bid writing to help organisations identify, measure, and value important outcomes experienced by stakeholders. 

Our experience
With extensive experience in health economics, the Hub produces bilingual social return on investment (SROI) reports which incorporates social and environmental outcomes into traditional cost-benefit analysis (CBA). Our aim is to develop the toolbox of health economics, recognising social value generated across sectors.

Our approach
Our approach involves working with organisations to understand what has changed and to value those changes. We follow the seven principles of SROI, which enables us to compare monetised benefits with relative costs. A benefit-cost ratio of 3:1, for example, indicates that an investment of £1 creates £3 of social value.

For more information, visit socialvalue.bangor.ac.uk

Email Address for Further Info: [email protected]

Website for Further Info: https://engage.org/happenings/social-value-training-half-day-workshop/

Cult Cymru Workshop -Freelancing for Creatives

Freelancing for Creatives 
 Saturday 7 September 2019 
Cardiff

Aim

To identify the legal and business obligations of working on a freelance basis in a friendly and safe environment along with other creatives.

Overview
This interactive workshop will explore the different business models and provide useful tips and practical tools to help you with the practical side of working as a freelancer/sole trader.

Trainer – Siân Gale

Siân manages the CULT Cymru project.  She has run her own companies specialising in business support and equalities.  She has worked as a freelance Production Manager in TV and film and on a highly successful business start-up programme. (PGCE Qualified Trainer)

“I would strongly recommend the session to get a better understanding of being a freelancer”

“I have learnt a lot of important information and feel confident in progressing within my industry” 

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Touch Trust

Touch Trust Certificate Training

This is a four day modular training course taking place between September and November 2019. Practical learning at Touch Trust in Cardiff Bay in the Wales Millennium Centre, or at the learners place of work if they are a Touch Trust Provider Member complements the work in the training group. After completion of eight modules covering diverse topics such as Facilitating a Session or Authentic Movement Expression, and a workbook, the learner will be assessed by experienced Touch Trust staff. A Certificate will be awarded after successful completion of the course. This course enables students to lead Touch Trust sessions in organizations who are part of our membership programme, as well as at the Touch Trust Centre in Cardiff. In addition it is a great resource for any work in the creative or the caring sector.

Start date: 07/09/2019

For further information please contact: Claudia Mollzahn

Tel: 02920 635660

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.facebook.com/TouchTrust

Ballet Cymru

Inclusive and Beginners Classes

Ballet Cymru is committed to innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration with choreographers, designers, composers and musicians.

All Ballet Cymru staff are trained to teach and deliver the company’s education work, are DBS approved and have first aid training. All work is monitored and evaluated and the company employs strict health and safety and child protection policies and best practice.

Our work strives to be inclusive and accessible and we believe that everyone should have the chance to dance.

Ballet Cymru is running classes that are open to all in their state of the art dance studios in Newport. 

 ‘Inclusive Youth Creative Dance Session’ 

  • It takes place at Ballet Cymru studio on Wednesdays 6-7pm in term time. 
  • The class is £3 and suitable for ages 8+.
  • The teacher is Louise Lloyd her contact details are [email protected] / 01633 892927
  • It is a session open to youths both with and without disabilities and is a very creative dance session.

Adult Beginners

  • It takes place at Ballet Cymru studio on Mondays 6-7:15pm in term time. 
  • The class is £6 (£5 if booked termly or as a Friend of Ballet Cymru)
  • The teacher is Jemma Beatty who is an ex-company dancer with Ballet Cymru. 
  • The contact for this session is Jenny Isaacs – [email protected] / 01633 892927
  • The class is suitable for all abilities including adults returning to ballet & dance, and parents with older children who want to try out ballet together.

For further information please visit – http://welshballet.co.uk/

Ballet Cymru
Unit 1, Wern Industrial Estate
Rogerstone
Newport
NP10 9FQ

Community Music Wales

Community Music in Mental Health Settings

Who is it for?

Community musicians with some experience of workshop leading in community settings, who would like to increase their knowledge and skills to work in mental health settings.

Musicians with experience as Mental Health professionals or service users who would like to bring their musical experience into mental health settings.

Course Dates:

Cardiff – June 10th, 11th, 17th, 24th, 25th

Carmarthen – July 10th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Rhyl – September 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd, 24th

The course will cover:

  • Creating, adapting and leading appropriate musical activities for people with mental health problems
  • Increasing confidence in working with vulnerable or distressed people
  • Understanding the boundaries of the role of a community musician; what is and isn’t your responsibility, when to ask for help.
  • How to include and empower people in groups
  • An introduction to some of the issues faced by mental health service users.
  • Group leadership and development
  • Planning and flexible working
  • Managing expectations in groups
  • Communicating effectively with agencies and institutions
  • Giving and receiving feedback, including reflecting on own practice.

 

N.B. The course will not cover diagnosing or curing mental health conditions or music therapy training.

As well as tutor-led practical exercises and discussions, there will be a strong element of shared and collaborative learning, with small and large group tasks, teaching practice and research. We will also encourage structured feedback reflective practice as a lifelong tool for best practice.

Alongside the course, trainees will be offered the opportunity to attend a placement in an existing community music workshop in a mental health setting.

Outline

Session 1:  Intro to course, ground rules, including confidentiality. Intros to each other and experience, self-assessment. What is mental health?  Statistics on incidence of mental illness and attitudes.

Session 2:  The role of a community musician in mental health settings, boundaries, asking for help, keeping yourselves and others safe. Possible relevant video of experience and what this means for our work.

Session 3:  Adapting and creating musical activities.  What is the same and what is distinctive about working in mental health settings? Sharing experiences, adapting exercises to suit the context.

Session 4: Adapting and creating musical activities part 2. Pair/small group tasks.

Session 5: Planning/flexibility – importance of planning (avoiding disasters). Need for flexibility.

Session 6: Working with agencies – communicating with agencies to ensure effective practice, dealing with problems, assertiveness.

Session 7: Teaching practice

Session 8: Teaching practice

Session 9: Dealing with challenging situations – Case studies e.g. dealing with group member not participating, someone in distress, someone being aggressive and threatening, someone unable to focus (possibly due to drugs or alcohol).

Session 10: What next – putting skills into practice- project planning, self-assessment, peer assessment. Final questions.

For further details and an application form, please contact – 

Johanna Williams
Cynorthwyydd Prosiect a Gweinyddwr 
| Project Assistant and Administrator
Cerdd Gymunedol Cymru | Community Music Wales 
ffon | tel: 029 2083 8060

ebost/ Email: [email protected]

www.communitymusicwales.co.uk 

 

 

The Big MaDCaff Project is happening

MaDCaff is going National, and we want you to get involved

We are very pleased to announce that our MaDCaff project, which has been running successfully in and around Ceredigion for 5 years, is about to go National with the help of funding from the WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales grant. 

MaDCaff is a pop-up café style open mic event showcasing the musical talents of people affected by mental illness. It was set up in response to the difficulty that many very talented musicians, dancers, poets, performers who have personal experience of mental illness face in trying to get an audience for their work. The music business, venues and organisations don’t always respond well when a performer pulls out at the last minute because their anxiety has become overwhelming. We decided on the open mic as a pressure free opportunity, nobody is named in advance publicity so there’s no pressure to attend or play, it’s totally up to how they feel on the day.

This project will see 7 new MaDCaff groups forming, all around Wales, with two new groups in the North West, North East and South and one extra group in West/ Central Wales. Each of the 7 new groups will put on 4 MaDCaff  events between now and 31/03/2020. Volunteers will have some amazing training opportunities available to them and each group will be supported by one of our Regional Officers with the aim of ultimately becoming self-sustaining as we have done in Ceredigion.

Interested?

If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer or are interested in the performance opportunities or have a good, accessible venue in mind please get in touch and we will direct you to your nearest DAC Regional Officer. Email [email protected] or call 02920 551040

Here’s the Big Announcement that went out on Facebook last week, listen to find out more about MaDCaff and the volunteers posts that we will be looking to fill.

The Big Announcement

Posted by MaDCaff on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

MaDCaff is funded by Volunteering in wales funding from WCVA, and has been supported by Disability Arts Cymru from the beginning 

Introduction to Supporting People to Get Online

Learning Disability Wales

Learning Disability Wales20th February in Cardiff

A free  session appropriate for staff and volunteers who would like to develop a better understanding of supporting people to get online. 

During the session learners will gain a better understanding of the importance of digital inclusion. The course will also cover online safety tips when supporting people online. A portion of the session will cover appropriate behaviour when volunteering or supporting people to get online.

All participants must have some competency in IT skills.

Training is on 20 February in Cardiff. Please click on the link below to book your place or you can email [email protected] 

Click here to see more information

If you have a number of people who all want the same training you could save money and time by arranging in-house training from Learning Disability Wales.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email me or phone 02920 681174.

 

Romani Cultural and Arts Company

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training Day

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £156.90 per delegate, if you book before the Thursday 22nd November and £173.07 per delegate if you book between Friday 23rd November and Monday 3rd December 2018. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

General Information

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company will be delivering three training workshops in three cities, focussing upon the Romani and Travelling people in Britain and their cultures, histories, languages, as a solid foundation to understanding the present communities. The workshops will deliver critical knowledge to professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners in local government, housing, accommodation, health, justice and education services; how to develop a respectful relationship with communities, approaches to constructing a positive dialogue around accommodation and ‘stopping-places’, to supporting better access for Romani and Travellers to health and wellness provision, to strengthening schooling, to raising attainment and improving elective home education, leading to increasing employment opportunities.

The situation for Romani and Traveller communities looks set to become more and more uncertain, as the protections offered under European legislation, conventions and frameworks will probably be rescinded. Show-people, Fair-gound families, Circus-folk and Bargees are likely to face significant changes in their businesses and operations too, with the post-Brexit legal framework. The overall social, economic and cultural impact of the departure from the EU will be especially deep upon these communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company has the best track record in the UK of delivering effective training in working with Romani and Traveller people, having carried out a range of training courses, international conferences, arts exhibitions and cultural symposia, schools workshops and heritage projects with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, show-people, Circus-folk, Fairground families and Bargees, across Wales and Europe.

The Cardiff workshop will focus upon the current policy initiatives associated with the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015)’ have left behind the Romani and Traveller communities of Wales, particularly in terms of the ‘Well-being Assessments’ carried out by the Public Services Boards established by the Act and the recent review of these by Netherwood, Flynn and Lang (2017) for the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe. These crucial processes have ignored the needs of Romani and Traveller people in ‘planning today for a better tomorrow’, with inadequate consultation of the present and future needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, insufficient sustainable development principles being applied to these needs, resulting in Romani and Traveller people being missed in the most important opportunity for improving the public sector’s delivery of provision rooted in the everyday reality of their lives and ensuring little benefit for the well-being of future Romani and Traveller generations.

Our training in Cardiff, in December 2018, will address these critical lacunae in government policy and practice, providing an opportunity to rectify, for local and national government policy-makers and service-providers, this absence of data and content and how to include the most marginal and excluded groups in Wales today.

Book at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gypsy-roma-traveller-fairground-circus-folk-show-people-and-bargees-training-day-tickets-51135839673

 

 

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company
Temple Court 
13a Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9HA

For further information please – Tel: 02920 786 439   or     Email: [email protected]

Visit our website at: www.romaniarts.co.uk