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 louiselloyd@welshballet.co.uk / 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 – jennyisaacs@welshballet.co.uk / 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

Learning Disability Wales

Effective Communication with People with a Learning Disability

20 June in Cardiff

Our Effective Communication course aims to help those that work with people with a learning disability play a role in helping those they support live their life to the full and be included.

We will be working with delegates on the concepts and techniques which underpin and make possible effective communication with people with a learning disability.

Delegates will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and learn about a range of communication concepts and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective communication with people with a learning disability.

For more information and to book your place, please click on the link below.

Click here to book your place

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 029 2068 1174.

Inacia Rodrigues

Training  & Events Coordinator

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: johanna@communitymusicwales.org

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 post@dacymru.com 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 inacia.rodrigues@ldw.org.uk 

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: isaacblake@romaniarts.co.uk

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: info@rubicondance.co.uk

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/ tynewydd@literaturewales.org

Workplace Well-being (Cardiff)

Training for staff and managers

Date: 06.12.2018
Location: Cardiff

According to research more than a third of the workplace population are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Many people have experienced mental health issues or know someone who has and this is very true of the workplace.

More employers and managers are recognising the need to invest in training to help their staff and organisation understand mental health better and how to make the workplace more mentally healthy.

This training will give staff and managers a better understanding of a range of mental health issues and how they impact the workplace. We will look at ways to improve positive mental health and well-being and how investing in good practices is likely to have hugely positive effects for all.

Course includes:

  • What is workplace well-being and how is it relevant to my workplace?
  • A guide to depression, anxiety and stress.
  • Other common mental health issues you may have heard of but were too afraid to ask about.
  • How to approach mental health in the workplace.
  • How to help a colleague who may be going through a difficult time.
  • Creating a more mentally healthy workplace.
  • An introduction to mindfulness for the workplace and how it can benefit your organisation.

Designed for

This training session is for staff and managers wanting to learn more about this topic and ways to implement it.

About the trainer

Julie Jones is trained at post-graduate level in mental health and trained to support people using a range of interventions including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Julie views that mental health is about the whole person, their community and society. She looks to improve mental health and well-being through relevant and thought-provoking training, improving workplace practices and supporting people to take care of their well-being.

Her training takes account of the latest and most innovative thinking relevant to mental health and well-being and reflects Welsh Government and UK policy relevant to your work setting.

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