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Valleys Kids Transition News

Valleys Kids’ Chief Executive

Valleys Kids is undergoing a major transition process. After four decades of pioneering innovation, establishing Valleys Kids as a remarkable charity that has changed the lives of thousands of individuals in ex-mining communities in the South Wales Valleys, founding members, Richard Morgan MBE, Funding Director and Margaret Jervis MBE DL, Operational Director are handing the community regeneration baton to a new Chief Executive Officer.  Following a rigorous selection process, the Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Elise Stewart as the new CEO.

Elise joined Valleys Kids ten years ago. Under her leadership, Valleys Creative and The Factory in Porth have become key elements taking forward Valleys Kids’ social enterprise initiatives. She is in the process of building  new Senior Leadership and  Fundraising Teams. Click here for information on new posts of Fundraising Manager and Digital Marketing & Fundraising Officer and Trusts & Foundation Fundraiser.

She is very much looking forward to her new role:

“I am delighted to be new Chief Executive Officer of Valleys Kids; it is both an honour and a privilege. Richard and Margaret have big shoes to fill and the challenges ahead are mighty at this time, as we move out of the pandemic.  I know I have a fabulous team behind me in the organisation within the community, volunteers, staff and Board as well as the founding Ambassadors.  It’s an exciting time with lots of opportunities to grasp”.

Valleys Kids are fortunate to have the support of The Waterloo Foundation, who will be supporting the CEO post for the next 3 years. TWF Trustees commented:

“We are very pleased to be associated with this next phase in Valleys Kids’ development, which will build upon the strong foundations and commitment demonstrated over the last 40 years under the leadership of founders, Richard and Margaret. We greatly value the work they do and send our very best wishes to Elise, the team at Valleys Kids, Trustees and volunteers, as they continue to strive to support and inspire the people they work with and to secure the future of the essential work of Valleys Kids for many, many years to come.”

The Front Room: A Pop-up Art Installation – Freelance Artists Wanted

We are delighted to announce the launch of: The Front Room – A Pop Up Art Installation inspired by a sense of what ‘Home’ means.

This is a Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation.

Valleys Kids’ Artist in Residence, Anne Culverhouse-Evans is spearheading this Project. The Front Room is intended to be a community catalyst for recalling forgotten memories, sharing stories and making connections.  The design of the room will evoke childhood memories, inviting people to come inside, share their stories, and create their own piece of art. It offers an escape from everyday pressures, just for a few moments, to take time to talk and remember or just contemplate what ‘Home’ means. 

The Front Room needs 3 Socially Engaged Freelance Artists.

We are looking to engage 3 freelance artists with an interest in socially engaged practice whose work resonates with the project, to work co-productively with our Artist in Residence on The Front Room project which

Applicants should be used to working in a community setting and have experience in social media and possess digital skills. This is a 10 month long project ending in March 2022.  Time commitment to be negotiable, based on fee of £21 per hour.

If you are interested in applying, please provide a cover letter outlining your skills and experiences along with your CV / portfolio.

Applications must be submitted via email by 4pm Tuesday 29th June 2021 and sent to  anneculverhousevans@valleyskids.org

Do get in touch with Anne if you require more information.

The Magic of Play

2020 was an extraordinary year. No one has been left untouched and some have had their lives turned upside-down. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our communities. Thanks to their donations, Trust support and emergency COVID response grants, Valleys Kids has supported thousands of people over the year and we are still doing it now.

We delivered over 300 parcels of clothes and toys for families and children were struggling before Christmas.

Despite the huge challenges and difficulties, it has been inspiring to see people reach out to offer help. To care deeply about the plight of others, even when some are suffering themselves.

The resilient Valleys’ community spirit remains strong. We will survive, and seeing the joy of children playing, gives us all hope for a brighter future.

Here’s to Peace, Joy and Health in 2021

Puddle Jump Webinar: Therapeutic Storytelling with Families. Thursday 26th November 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Here to Register.

This webinar is for everyone with an interest in supporting children and families through the therapeutic power of storytelling. Whether you are an arts practitioner, health professional, teacher, parent or you are simply interested in supporting the well being of children and families, this webinar is for you, so welcome.
We are so excited to share our Puddle Jump project. It is a therapeutic storytelling project, which supports families in a creative and imaginative way especially at this difficult time. It combines storytelling sessions, well-being and story-based craft activities with online story resources.
Thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Wales’ Covid-19 Stabilisation Fund, Sparc – Valleys Kids Youth Arts Project has joined forces with our Future Families Team, to launch this innovative and timely intervention in July 2020. Since then we have been working with a team of specialist practitioners and storytellers and exploring feedback from the families who have been involved throughout.
You’ll have the chance to hear from the team who have been creating and delivering this work, the families who have taken part and local mental health and well being professionals who have contributed to the work. This is a pilot project but we think it has huge potential and we want to look at next steps in how it develops in the future.
Come along, listen to our story so far and be part of the conversation moving forward. How can we work most effectively with children and families, finding creative ways to engage support and empower them during this challenging time?
Accessibility
Live transcription by a Palantypist (Speech to Text Reporter) is provided for this session. Transcription will be available on Zoom captions, and on StreamText.net.
British Sign Language interpreters are provided for this session.
If you will be using the transcription or BSL interpreters to access the session or have any other accessibility requirements, please let us know in the booking form. We ask that you book at least 7 days in advance of the session so we can make adjustments.
The session takes places on Zoom. Read Zoom’s accessibility FAQ’s
https://zoom.us/accessibility/faq

Click Here to Register.

COVID 19 Crisis – Valleys Kids’ response

Valleys Kids support over 3,000 people every week. We are doing things we have never had to do before. The demand has been overwhelming and humbling. From single parent families with 4 children who have no opportunity to leave the children to collect food, through families with very sick children who are terrified to leave the house and risk bringing infection home with them.

Valleys Kids has been part of the community for over 40 years, but we haven’t seen anything like this. Our buildings are beginning to reopen, staff are refocussing on trying to return to some kind of ‘normal’ having made superhuman efforts to respond flexibly to the needs of a community in lockdown and struggling to make ends meet and feed their families.

The legacy is high levels of anxiety, stress and depression which is affecting children, young people and adults across all age groups.  Like Long Covid, the impacts on wellbeing, emotional and financial resilience will not be a quick fix.

We have always tried to offer what people told us they need. We are committed to continuing to help local people help themselves overcome the obstacles they face.

Our endeavours during the period of the lockdown, reflects the high levels of need and what we were able to achieve.  We need to secure further support to safeguard this provision into the future.

Community is Kindness 

Community is Kindness – We are now providing:

A Royal start to the day

Valleys Kids and ArtWorks could not be any prouder of two of our wonderful Young People Nadine Hussein and Zoe Arundell. They have both been on amazing journeys with our organisation and have both recently been appointed as young apprentices to our Board of Trustees. Last week they went to Cardiff Castle with our Operational Director and Founder Margaret Jervis for a meet with HRH Prince Harry and his beautiful Fiancé Meghan.

As Nadine writes

“Three weeks ago I was in London for New Years, when I had a dream that I met Prince Harry in the strangest of circumstances.  Fast forward two weeks and I get a text asking if I would be willing to represent Valleys Kids as a young person who had been given the chance to be immersed in theatre and culture in South Wales and if I would like to attend the Royal Visit at Cardiff Castle.  Today, I feel privileged to have met his Royal Highness Prince Harry and his beautiful Fiancé, Meghan, on their visit to Cardiff.

They were the sweetest couple and I was taken aback by how amazing they were, hearing how being a part of ArtWorks, Valleys Kids saw me write and direct my first Theatre production last summer.

I feel so blessed to be part of such a incredible organization and to have been given this truly astonishing opportunity to meet such a special couple

I genuinely feel on top of the world right now and my forever motto is going to be Dreams really do come true.

Valleys Cinema presents – Beauty and the Beast

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.  Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

Come and join ArtWorks for a magical night watching Disneys Beauty and the Beast in the Penyrenglyn Project.  Tuesday 17th October at 5pm.  Optional fancy dress or pjyamas.

To book tickets call ArtWorks on 01443 30 30 32 or emma@ValleysKids.org

Valleys Cinema presents ELF

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter’s relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.

Tuesday 5th December 5pm – Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ

For tickets please call ArtWorks on 01443 303032 – emma@ValleysKids.org

Tinted Windows and Wanna Play?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhydyfelin Youth Theatre brings you two performances in one night! After a successful run of the performances at The Factory in Porth and Venue Cymru in North Wales, the group will be performing ‘Wanna Play’ and ‘Tinted Windows’ in their home community of Rhydyfelin. Please come along and see their amazing work, it will be a night not to be missed!

Wanna Play
A 4-D sensory experience. Be prepared for surprises. Only for people with strong nerves.

Tinted Windows
What’s happening to all the information you post about yourself on social media? Is it showing the real you? Who’s watching you? Come along and take part in this immersive experience, which includes film, performances and a Big Brother booth.

Friday 29th September 7pm, Ilan Centre Rhydyfelin