The Romani Cultural and Arts Company – Training

An Insider’s Guide to Working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Training Day

Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019 (9.30 AM – 5:00 PM)

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

Admission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £162.29 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 3rd December 2019 and £183.85 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 4th December 2019 and Monday 16th December 2019. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Organisers: The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

Who should attend this training?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, in meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ communities, and in addressing the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender and inequalities.

It would be particularly useful for those who work in:

  • Academia and Research 
  • Accommodation and Housing 
  • Early Years
  • Education
  • Environmental Services 
  • Equalities 
  • Fire, Police and Justice Services
  • Government: local, regional and national
  • Planning 
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Transport
  • Voluntary and Third Sector organisations

Why should you attend this training?

It will assist you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in your particular area
  • Address the range of policies and strategies necessary to empower Romani and Traveller families and individuals, especially girls and young women, LGBT Romani and Traveller individuals, children and youth, and the elderly in these communities, to overcome the disadvantages and obstacles they face in accessing services and provision on a daily basis
  • Build understanding, strengthen knowledge and make informed decisions in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the needs of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales

Aims

To increase awareness about the cultural diversity of Romani and Traveller communities across England and Wales, addressing issues of discrimination and exclusion, examining the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities, and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the complex needs of Romani and Traveller communities, from local, national and international perspectives;
  • To develop a level of knowledge that will strengthen and improve staff and officers’ work, related to health, education, housing and accommodation, training, justice and law enforcement;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the differences between Romani and Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring culturally sensitive ‘best practice’ and improving service delivery to all sections of the community;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are ‘Community Champions‘ role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Romani and Travellers, or the negative images of ‘Gypsies’, present in media and popular press;

Outcomes

By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation); 
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (that is, who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales, the UK and more widely across the Europe, in particular Romani and Traveller women, LGBT Roma, older Travellers;
  • Identified obstacles to accessing their own services that Romani and Traveller people experience, and attitudinal issues, or barriers to equality of delivery in services such as housing, accommodation, education, health, employment, safeguarding and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to GRT communities;
  • Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities, particularly over issues of exclusion and marginalisation, and what they can do to address these and ensure inclusion in the delivery of services;
  • Developed an Action Plan that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist officers in carrying out their statutory duties.

General Information

The Romani Cultural Arts Company is the leading Romani and Traveller community-based organisation in Wales, using the arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy, education and empowerment, amongst the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities and the wider society in Wales. RCAC also supports individuals to become “Community Champions”, as actors and agents of change in their own communities, making a difference for themselves and the wider society. RCAC is managed by a Board (voluntary management committee) made up of representatives from the GRT communities, meaning that community members have a role as decision-makers and are part of the process of shaping the advocacy and rights agenda that RCAC promotes.

The Company believes it is essential that the GRT communities be at the forefront of social progress and positive developments in social inclusion, in the struggle or the recognition of GRT rights and promoting inter-cultural understanding. Within Wales and increasingly across the UK, our advice and expertise is sought by local governments, policy-makers, decision-takers and local or national institutions. We are asked to evaluate the effectiveness of their policies and strategies or to support them in consultation to ensure the voice of the GRT communities they serve, is heard.

We lead on advocacy for these vulnerable communities, influencing the policy and strategy agendas in the context of a devolved Welsh Government and, increasingly internationally across the UK, and we deliver quality training for those who work with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, who wish to improve their reach and their impact.

 

Book at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-gypsy-roma-and-traveller-communities-training-day-tickets-75277867127?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

 

Please note: the training day will be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Learning Disability Wales

Making Information Easy to Read & Understand level 1 

Learning Disability Wales

 

26 November in Cardiff

 
 

This one day course will help you make information easier to read and understand for people with a learning disability.

It will help you to produce

  • leaflets
  • letters
  • minutes from meetings
  • agendas
  • reports
  • posters

After the course you will be able to use clear words, sentences and grammar work out the relevant information to be included in an easy read document use pictures and images to make information clear structure documents so they are easy to follow get going straightaway making accessible documents.
 
This course is designed for anyone who writes and produces written information that needs to be clearly understood, especially by people with a learning disability.

 

Book a place NOW

 

If you have any queries please contact – Inacia Rodrigues
Training & Events Coordinator
Learning Disability Wales

Email:  [email protected]

Direct Tel: 029 2068 1174
Reception: 029 2068 1160

 

Graeae Theatre Company

DISCOVER, short Course

21 October 2019 – 25 October 2019

Bradbury Studios, 138 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY

 

 

Deaf, disabled or faced barriers to training?
Aged 17-30?
Dedicated to a career in theatre-making?

Discover is a one-week short course in theatre-making and technical production roles. It is open to young Deaf and disabled people (aged 17 – 30) who are passionate about theatre, driven towards a career in the arts and eager to challenge themselves professionally.

The short course is based at Graeae in Hackney, London and at various accessible venues, campuses, and locations across London. You will be introduced to inclusive theatre-making and the technical aspects in the industry with workshops in:

Activism in the Arts
Creative Access in Theatre-making
Devising Performance
Improvisation
Voice
Movement
Technical Theatre

You might be required to attend evening performances at the drama schools as part of this short course (tickets provided by Graeae).

Graeae works in partnership with London’s leading drama schools and theatre practitioners to deliver Discover. These include:

Rose Bruford College
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD)
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

There are 20 places available on Discover in October 2019. For those on the course, it also opens opportunities to be considered for Graeae’s future training and artist leadership programmes.

All access support is provided such as access workers or sign language interpreters.

Travel costs inside London are covered where public transport is not possible due to access barriers.

For further details and to apply please go here

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 24 SEPTEMBER!

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

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

Rubicon Dance

Dance for Kids with Disabilities

Rubicon Dance

Nora Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff CF24 1ND

A fun and creative session for kids aged 7 – 11 at Rubicon Dance Studios

Wednesdays 4pm – 4:45pm

For more information or to book your free taster session just give us a call

Tel: 029 2049 1477

Email: [email protected]

https://www.rubicondance.co.uk/young-peoples-classes

Tŷ Newydd Courses 2019

Explore your creativity in Wales’ Year of Discover

www.tynewydd.wales

Literature Wales is proud to announce a new programme of creative writing courses at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for 2019. Earmarked by Visit Wales as the Year of Discovery, in 2019 we will encourage the writers of Wales and beyond to visit our home between the mountains and sea to discover their creativity and hone their skills as a writer.

The new programme offers an eclectic mix of courses and retreats suitable for a range of writers, from the up-and-coming and unpublished, to the established who wish to join a masterclass. From today, you can register for all courses on the Tŷ Newydd website, and a discount of 10% is available on all courses until the end of October with the code TN2019.

Programme highlights include a course on writing for TV led by Matthew Hall, the creator of record-breaking BBC Drama Keeping Faith; a Crime Writing Course led by bestselling author and ex-detective Clare Mackintosh; and two Poetry Masterclasses tutored by Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales. A number of noteworthy guest readers will join our tutors during the year, including Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, award-winning literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes, and former Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner.

Poetry courses in 2019 will explore a range of themes from the sea, to politics, to finding poetry in our past; and feature a wide-range of tutors including Paul Farley, Patience Agbabi, Raymond Antrobus, Deryn Rees-Jones, clare e potter, Inua Ellams and Pascale Petit. Guest readers in 2019 will include Andrew McMillan, Jay Bernard and the spoken word collective, Tongue Fu.

Prose courses will include short stories, novels, YA fiction, myths and fairytales, editing, life-writing and will feature tutors and guest readers Tom Bullough, Rebecca F John, Mavis Cheek, Catherine Fisher, Holly Müller and many more. Our Emerging Writers Course for writers under 30, run in partnership with Poetry Wales, Wales Arts Review and Parthian books, will return after a successful debut last year, and will feature poetry in addition to prose.

Further courses include: LGBTQ+ Writing; Creative Writing for Welsh Learners; Storytelling; Writing to Heal; Reviewing the Arts; and Nature Writing with Guardian country diarist Mark Cocker and poet Kathleen Jamie.

Leusa Llewelyn, Head of Tŷ Newydd said, “Tŷ Newydd, with its unique Welsh welcome, exists to provide support for writers of all backgrounds, abilities and ages to develop their writing. There’s something to suit everyone, and the range of courses offers an opportunity for participants to discover their own writing potential.”

During every course, home cooked meals and treats will be provided by the resident chef, and you will enjoy the tranquillity that Tŷ Newydd and its beautiful surroundings provide.

For further information about Tŷ Newydd, including testimonials from recent participants, and to read the programme in its entirety, visit www.tynewydd.wales or to request a print programme contact Tŷ Newydd: 01766 522811/ [email protected]