All posts by Denise Lord

Kevin Sinnott – ‘The Post Office Years’ Exhibition

factory-kevin-sinnott-postersmlArt in the Attic present a world premier of work by renowned Welsh artist, Kevin Sinnott, premiering at The Factory

3rd – 28th October  Monday to  Friday 10am – 4pm

“My current show at the Factory consists mainly of 26 drawings that have never been exhibited before, executed during the years I worked as a post man in London.

This was almost immediately I had graduated from RCA when I decided bizarrely that a job as a postman would give me my afternoons to paint and the finance to rent a studio in Stepney Green.

What initially I thought would be 6 months stretched into 5yrs!!!”  Kevin Sinnott

Little Bryn Gwyn Dream Comes True

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.

Beth’s Fundraising Finale!

White Stuff BethLovely Beth is off to France for a year, as part of her studies and decided to have a clear out of her White Stuff wardrobe before she goes.

She decided to auction off some of her old White Stuff clothing for the Cardiff branch’s chosen charity, Valleys Kids.

She made a cool £175!!

Merci Beaucoup Beth & Bon Chance from everyone at Valleys Kids.

CEN celebrates Europe Day – 9th May

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.


Sainsbury’s EGGStravaganza!

Egg-HeavenValleys 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.




Penygraig Dance Sharing – Sold Out

Saturday 8th March 7:00pm

Soar Centre
Penygraig Roundabout, CF40 1JZ

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!!!

Dinas Youth Shine in Football Tournament

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.

Roger Wilcox – Dinas Co-ordinator