Comic Relief and Community Foundation

Comic Relief’s Core Strength – Local Communities Grants Programme Opens

Comic Relief – Core Strength Local Communities

Working in partnership, Comic Relief and UK Community Foundations have launched this 12-month programme which will fund the organisation costs of small locally led groups working in their local communities across the UK.

This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups that are doing ‘much needed’ work in their local communities.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 or between £1,000 and £10,000 (depending on the local community foundation) are to be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.

The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of Comic Relief’s priorities, which are:

  • Connected communities – seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities.
  • Productive communities – investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources.
  • Empowered communities – working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual income of £100,000 or under for the last full financial year.
  • Have been running activities for at least 12 months.
  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area.
  • Have limited access to other sources of income.
  • Clearly define the need they are addressing.
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to local people.
  • Illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes.
  • Provide clear evidence that the services they provide are inclusive to all.

It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme.

This programme is being managed by UK Community Foundations and each area has a local Community Foundation that will administer and manage these grants.

Groups should visit their local Community Foundation website to find out how to apply and the application deadlines.

Community Foundation Wales information can be found here

Each local Community Foundation will have different deadlines throughout the year.


Quiet Hands

by Tim Rhys

Directed by Chris Durnall

Chapter, Market Rd, Cardiff

Tuesday 12th September – Saturday 16th September at 7.30pm
Saturday 16th Matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets £10/8

Question and Answer Session follows Tuesday performance

Carnegie House, Bridgend
Tuesday 19th September @ 7.30
Tickets £8/6


After their last, sold-out Chapter visit with Touch Blue Touch Yellow
Winterlight returns with the same writer-director team for their new
play. Quiet Hands, following a young autistic man as he tries to
rebuild his friendship with his lost brother and encounters the
dangerous world of ‘Mate Crime’.   Reviews from Touch Blue Touch

Tim Rhys’ new play Quiet Hands is a hard-hitting exploration of the
alarming rise of ‘mate crime’ – an insidious, predatory form of hate
crime against vulnerable and disabled people. Young adults on the
autistic spectrum are especially vulnerable, as they are often
socially isolated, lacking the social networks that protect most of
us. Those living alone can be befriended, fooled into trusting their
new “friends” and then systematically robbed, defrauded and bullied.
This abuse has sometimes led to horrific, even lethal violence. It is
a crime that often goes unnoticed until it ends in catastrophe, as the
victim is often unwilling or unable to escape or to tell anyone what
is happening to them.

The National Autistic Society has reported that this predatory abuse
now happens on “a devastating scale”.

‘Quiet Hands’ directed by Chris Durnall for Winterlight Theatre, will
raise awareness of this, while also exploring the importance of
sibling relationships as it follows the uplifting story of an autistic
man trying to rekindle his friendship with his estranged brother.

 “Melancholic beauty… Raw and unflinching, will make you think twice
about what it means to be ‘normal’… blackly comic dialogue” (Theatre
in Wales)

 “Instant, hard-hitting impact. Had my stomach in knots” (New Welsh Review)

 “A stunning piece of theatre” (Sara Beer, Disability Arts Cymru)

“One of the most powerful theatrical experiences I can remember, after
decades of play-going.  It is a brilliant play” (John Freeman)

UCAN Productions

Good Company

A UCAN Production

Supported by Arts Council of Wales and Community Trade Union and developed from The Art of Kindness Project.


Saturday September 2nd at 7.30pm

Sherman Theatre

Senghennydd Rd, Cardiff CF24 4YE


Nidum Art Centre

Wednesday 6th September at  7.30pm

Neath Port Talbot College, Dwr-Y-Felin Rd, Neath SA10 7RF


Tickets are free and are issued on a first come first served emailing [email protected] or calling 02920870554 or 07812051815


GOOD COMPANY is an innovative and original theatre performance, which examines the relationship between, acts of kindness and acts that cause pain.  Developed from The Art Of Kindness Project, this exciting piece of theatre has been created from 30 real life recorded interviews. These have been bravely provided both by those who have experienced every day discrimination and disability hate crime and those who have experienced acts of kindness that have made a difference to their lives.


Taking a unique approach, UCAN Members, as ‘Playmakers’,  used audio recordings of people’s real stories and their actual words to craft an audio, rather than a written, play text. This is the organisation’s first ever audio script and the production explores and plays with sound and the spoken word. Supported by professional playwright and deviser Dinos Aristidou and Artistic Director Bernie Latham, contributors and playmakers explore verbatim theatre conventions and have developed an approach to playmaking and performance that is accessible.


The project has been developed in response to a direct request from the Community Trade Union and in particular the Welsh members from the National League of Blind and Disabled (NLBD) and is supported by The Arts Council of Wales


UCAN Production is a performance arts organisation for blind and partially sighted young people and their friends

Ffilm Cymru


Following their successful Foot in the Door pilot training scheme, Ffilm Cymru Wales are now offering people across South and North Wales the opportunity to learn valuable skills on the set of a major new television series from the makers of Hinterland. 22 Aug 2017

Across Blaenau Gwent and North Wales, via the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia, new Welsh and English language TV thriller Craith is shooting from May to December this year. Ffilm Cymru Wales are working in partnership with Welsh production company Severn Screen and local housing associations Tai Calon and Grŵp Cynefin to provide a programme of free training and production placements on Craith through Foot in the Door.The scheme is offering people over the age of 18 that are not otherwise engaged in employment, education or training the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new transferable skills that can launch a career in the creative industries and beyond. Trainees will receive guidance, advice and mentorship from industry experts, and eligible applicants may also receive support for travel and childcare.

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Head of Creative Business Kimberley Warner comments: “Foot in the Door goes to the heart of our beliefs as an organisation. We’re excited to bring this unique training model to new locations in Wales”.

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ pilot Foot in the Door programme in April 2017 saw individuals from the Newport and Caerphilly areas rub shoulders with Hollywood stars Michael Sheen (The Queen, The Twilight Saga) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey) on the set of The Raid director Gareth Evans’ forthcoming thriller Apostle. Since their placement, some of those trainees have already secured paid employment in the film, television and wider sectors.After her experience on Foot in the Door, aspiring make-up artist Jaimie-Leigh Grierson said “From when I was a little girl, I always wanted to work on the other side of the camera and I’ve got a passion for make-up. Foot in the Door has been amazing, and opened my eyes to where I can look to get further jobs in the industry; it isn’t such a strange world now.”

Fellow trainee Norman Porter added “Working in this industry seemed unattainable – but I jumped at this chance and now here I am, and I’ve been working in the art and design department. The sets are phenomenal – I’ve been using my painting, carpentry and arts and design skills; it is hard work but rewarding.”

People from Blaenau Gwent can apply to participate in Foot in the Door until 8th September 2017, with the North Wales application opening on the 2nd October 2017.
Full details and online application forms can be found at

Foot in the Door is supported by the Welsh Broadcasting Trust’s Partnership Fund and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.


Marketing & Communications Officer (part-time)

Hijinx logoClosing Date: 11 September 2017

Location: Cardiff

Remuneration: £18,500 – £20,000 pro rata, depending on experience



We are looking for a passionate and brilliant arts professional to join us, delivering the essential role of marketing and communications in an incisive and creative way. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is keen to take ownership of the marketing work in a responsive, vibrant organisation.

Details of the post and how to apply are included in the Job Description and Person Specification pack

The ability to speak Welsh will be an advantage in applying for this role.

Deadline for applications: 9am, 11 September 2017

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Drama Association Wales

Pembrokeshire-based Pint-sized Plays

celebrates the international success it has achieved in its first decade

Ten years ago this month, Pint-sized Plays put on its first performances in pubs during Tenby Festival Week.  The idea was certainly very original, if not frankly daring. To put on plays in the actual bar of a busy pub while people were enjoying their drinks was certainly not without risk.

“To be honest I didn’t know what to accept,” says organiser and DAW member Derek Webb, “We might have been met by loud heckles or just ignored, I had no idea. In the event, and to my utter surprise, a noisy, very busy pub went silent as they listened to the first play – and then applauded!  It was fantastic.”

From that beginning, Pint-sized Plays have gone on to be performed all over the world.  At its heart is a writing competition for short 5–10 minute plays,  designed to encourage new writing.  It also has as the aim of taking live theatre to people who have perhaps rarely or never experienced it before.

The competition attracts several hundred entries from all over the world every year and from these are selected six winners and four runners up.  The plays are then performed in Tenby pubs in late September and then all go on to Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard for the annual ‘Script Slam’.

Four years ago the decision was taken to offer publication to selected scripts each year. And, now there are four books of scripts available, containing over 80 plays.  These are available to theatre groups to perform free (under licence) to a non-paying audience, or for a small charge to a paying audience.  To date many dozens of plays have been performed by theatre companies and drama groups either as ‘fillers’ or with several together to form a complete evening’s entertainment.

Many authors have indeed gone on to produce excellent full length pieces, something of which Pint-sized Plays is justifiably proud.  And, in wanting to encourage even better plays, they have just announced that they are running  a Weekend Writing Course at Pembrokeshire’s Stackpole Centre in October.  They course will be tutored by David Britton who’s Professor of Dramaturgy and Director of Creative Writing at Swansea University. Participants will get to complete a ten minute play or a scene from a longer play over the weekend and then see it being performed by professional actors on the Sunday. More details on the website:


Past, Present and Possibilities

On Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September we will be helping our host organisation, the Bluecoat, celebrate their tercentenary with a two-day programme of events. The events will explore Bluecoat’s history with disability arts, revisit past exhibitions and bring the story up to date with one of DaDaFest’s legendary cabarets, talks, workshops and a series of mini performance interventions around the building.

There’s more information about the days here:

and to book onto the various workshops go here:


The Bluecoat, School Lane, LiverpoolL1 3BX

British Red Cross

Service Coordinator – Third Sector Link Worker

For more information please contact Wayne Brown 01745 828 354 Email [email protected]

Role description

Service Coordinator – Third Sector Link Worker
Location: Wrexham 
Contract type: FTC until 31/3/2020
35 hours per week
Salary: GBP 18,805 per annum

About the role
This is a dynamic front line position, located with a multi-disciplinary team of health and social care professionals in the Wrexham Single Point of Access.  
The Third Sector Link Worker plays a crucial role in the Wrexham Single Point of Access (WSPoA) with respect to the provision of information, advice and assistance. This Third Sector perspective within the Wrexham Single Point of Access supports health and social care professionals as well as the citizens to achieve their goals in line with the strategic aims of Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.  The job holder will achieve this in a number of different ways including by managing and working with a caseload of allocated individual citizens to develop alternative community based packages of care utilising the “what matters” asset based conversation approach. This to be completed over the phone and or by visiting identified cases allocated to caseload.

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on the 3rd September 2017.
Interviews scheduled for Friday 8th September 2017.

Full details and application process is via the British Red Cross Website, UK Jobs in Health and Social Care in Wales.

If you have any queries or just want to discuss this vacancy  please feel free to contact Wayne Brown 01745 828354 Email [email protected]

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