We would love to celebrate this landmark event with our wonderful Rhydyfelin community. Please come and join us for an afternoon of reminiscing and memory making. This is your celebration so please come and meet old friends and have afternoon […]
Valleys Kids is welcoming National Youth Theatre of Wales (NYTW) to work with young people (14+ years) at its home at SOAR in Penygraig over two days this summer! You’ll be introduced to physical theatre and theatre-making, using skills and techniques developed by international physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly. Jess Williams will lead the workshops, […]
Thursday 21st September 6.30pm – Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ In a classroom newly arrived refugees learn about multifarious Europe. Operating at the intersection of fiction and documentary, Stranger in Paradise reflects on the power relations between Europeans and migrants in a candid fashion. In a classroom in Sicily, just inside the walls of Fortress […]
The ArtWorks team are delighted to welcome back Mess Up the Mess with their youth production Us Proclaimed: Clywch Ni Created by Aled Pedrick, Ifan Davies, Cwmni Pluen and the young people of Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company in collaboration with National Youth Arts Wales. Us Proclaimed A5 Flyer  A brand […]
Our Director, Margaret Jervis attended People’s Postcode Lottery’s Annual Charity Gala held in Edinburgh’s famous Assembly Rooms along with our Down to Earth Partner, Mark McKenna and received a cheque beyond our wildest dreams of £583,000 towards creating a landmark residential centre replacing Little Bryn Gwyn our much loved ramshackle cottage on the Gower.
‘Building Our Dreams’ is a joint project between Valleys Kids and Down to Earth Project and will enable us to work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in South Wales to build the new centre.
Margaret Jervis, our Operational Director said: “For the last 10 years we have dreamt of transforming Little Bryn Gwyn, our cottage on the Gower, into a landmark residential centre using the most beautiful and sustainable building methods available. It is only in partnership with Down to Earth and now, with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through the Dream Fund, that we can create something exceptional and extraordinary and fulfil that dream. But the biggest dream is that young people from some of the most disadvantaged communities in Wales can literally build their own centre and help build a better future for themselves.”
We cannot thank People’s Postcode Lottery and their players enough. The Centre will comprise 2 distinct buildings and this is a brilliant launchpad towards completing the first building and helping us raise the remaining funds to complete the second.
According to the European Union website*, “Europe Day (9 May) celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration‘. At a speech in Paris in 1950, the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union”.
At the Community Enterprise Network (CEN) we are celebrating this day because the CEN is an Economic Development project, backed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, which aims to forge an enterprising culture and raise prosperity in the Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff areas.
Valleys Kids children, enjoyed a surprise Easter treat when staff from Pontypridd Sainsbury’s branch: Joyemma Lewis – PR Ambassador, Tony Sims, Emma Evans and Deputy Manager, Dale Shaughnessy played the role of Easter Bunnys delivering a tower of eggs to children enjoying the Easter play scheme in Soar Centre in Penygraig. Over 300 eggs were donated which meant that we had enough for children in Dinas, Rhyfeyfelin and Penyrenglyn Centres.
As you can see the children were thrilled and eggcited.
Big thanks to Sainsbury’s for giving Valleys children this special Easter eggsperience.
Once again, Penygraig Community Project and ArtWorks are pleased to welcome you all to the Penygraig Dance Sharing; an evening to celebrate the talent that exists in our communities across Rhondda Cynon Taff.
It will be an opportunity for the young people and their mentors to showcase their hard work and talent, in their very own style of dance. An explosive and exciting event with a mix of ages and an array of many styles of dance, including street dance, hip hop, creative dance and break dancing.
The support so far from the local communities and beyond has been outstanding and we hope you’ll be there on the night, to continue your support and cheer on our young people.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers of this event! This would not have been possible without all your hard work and dedication.
The evening will conclude with Tea and Coffee to appreciate the hard work and dedication of all those involved who made this event possible.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Please note: All the tickets for this event have gone!!!
The Dinas centre entered a 4-a-side footy tournament on 25th Feb. it was at the Michael Sobell centre in Aberdare and organised by Street Football Wales, a charity that supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and it aids people through recovery. six of us went over, I was there to hold the coats and shout support for the players!
We didn’t train, we didn’t prepare and only scraped a team of five, as of last night, so i did not have any expectations of progressing too far. It would have been good enough for me that we took part, enjoyed the day and made a few friends out of it.
We played 6 and lost once – in the final to a good team. At the award ceremony the Valleys Kids team was singled out for particular praise for playing the game in the true spirit of the event, their great conduct throughout the day and sportsmanship toward others. they received runners-up medals and a great cup for their efforts.
As it was the very first valleys Street Football Wales tournament, Daniel Parsons made history by becoming the first player to not only score a goal but get a hat trick in the game. Well done Dan.
Most importantly for me, it gave me great pleasure to hear the praise heaped upon the Dinas lads for the way in which they played that tournament and I would prefer to stand next to runners up who had earned the respect and goodwill of their fellow participants for their character than stand by winners who were less deserving.
Everyone played their part and it was a true team effort. Well done Kyle Attwood, Kyle and Ryan Stead, Danial Parsons and Ian Collins.