Inside Out Project

Art in the Park

Our ‘Inside Out’ creative wellbeing group in Blaengarw made the most of a nice day by taking their art kits down to the lake to paint and write about what they saw and how they felt being in nature:

“ We take it for granted sometimes living here don’t we…”

“When you sit down and look at it all, and take it in, it makes you feel relaxed…”

“ I haven’t painted since I was about 10! I’m really enjoying it .”

This group meet every Friday at Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall – 11am to 12.30pm and the project combines creativity with mindfulness, nature and social connection.

Supported by the Llynfi Afan Renewable Energy Park Community Benefit Fund and The Baring Foundation.

‘Small Steps’ Animation Project Funding Success

Wave Painting

Hurrah!

We have received funding for a new animation project with Ty Canna Mental Health Outreach Services in Cardiff. Our facilitators, Jane Hubbard and Katja Stiller, will offer weekly creative wellbeing sessions; listening to, sharing and working with participants over the next few months.

This project will help participants to find a more positive focus,  to manage their life transitions, build creative coping strategies and, hopefully, reach calmer waters.

Small Steps will run from June – October. This project has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

We keep you posted!

Co-Creative Arts – A Work in Progress

Art with Emma, Fish Puppet
Art with Emma, Fish Puppet

I am pleased to announce that I have received funding from the Arts Council of Wales‘ Stabilisation Fund for the project ‘Co-Creative Arts – A Work in Progress’. I will be working collaboratively with project development workers Katja Stiller (freelance Creative Expression Specialist) and Rhys Hughes (Counsellor/ Trainer/ Social Worker).

In this project we will be developing and exploring our Co-Creative Arts approach through experiential and sharing sessions with Community Artists and partners in Wales during, and coming out of, the Covid-19 Lockdown.

This such an important time of change and this project will form part of an exciting creative response within Community Arts in Wales. We will be questioning how we can best adapt our creative work and practice for the new ‘normal’ world of the future.

This will inform the development of our Co-Creative approach and we will be documenting how Community Artists are working in the current situation; their issues, concerns, creative solutions and what they might need in terms of support, safeguarding, training and their own wellbeing.

Alex Bowen, Breathe Creative

Creating Calm – Creative Cooking

Drawing of cooking ingredients

We’ve just entered Coronavirus Lockdown in the UK and we’ve been looking at how we can reach out and connect with people and maybe help them, just a little, to feel less isolated. With our new “Creating Calm” programme we will be doing just that.

In this Zoom session, our food expert Sian helps our group to make the most of the food in their cupboards. This week, they attempt Bread and Butter pudding.

This project is part of our Creating Calm programme, in partnership with Ty Canna Outreach Service and funded by the Coronavirus Resilience Fund.

Community Foundation Wales

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Write a Letter

Write a Letter
Write a Letter

Write a letter to a neighbour… What would you say?

Can you design your very own stamp? 

Use an owl, pigeon or magical creature to send or hand deliver.

Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Make your own Den

Keep Out or Else!

Find some sheets, move some furniture and create your own den …

Keep Out or Else!

Can you make a sign?

Draw a picture of what your den looks like.

What will you do in your den?

Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Plant a Seed

Drawing of a tiny seedling growing in a colourful painted pot.
Drawing of a tiny seedling growing in a colourful painted pot.

Imagine that you can plant a seed in a pot and look after it (If you have some seed and a pot and some soil you could try this in real life).

Can you upload a photo or a drawing of it growing?

Can you decorate the pot it’s in?

Imagine if your plant would not stop growing…

What would happen?

Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.