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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

These are extraordinary times. The Coronavirus crisis has followed hot on the heels of devastating flooding in our communities. People had no time to recover their homes and their normal lives, when the lockdown was imposed, with the terrible threat of losing loved ones added to an already intolerable situation. Continue reading

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

National Youth Arts Wales comes to Valleys Kids

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, which will be energetic, dynamic and FUN. Jess recently performed in the UK and USA tours of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time, and she worked on the National Youth Theatre of Wales production, dead born grow.  Jain Boon works regularly with NYTW. She’ll guide you through story-telling and theatre-making using the physical skills taught by Jess. Whether you’ve applied to join NYTW in the past or you’re thinking of applying in the future, Jain will give you a taste of what we’re about and what you could expect of future
courses and residencies with NYTW!
Whether you’ve done a lot of drama, theatre or performance – or just a little and you’re keen to do more! – these workshops are a great opportunity to expand your skills, and get involved with NYTW!

Jess and Jain are looking forward to meeting and working with you.
Who: young people (14+ years)
When: 24 and 25 August 2017 (4pm – 8pm)
Where: SOAR, Penygraig, RCT
Cost: FREE

Places are limited and must be booked in advance with Valleys Kids Gemma@valleyskids.org 01443303032

Further details will be sent once you have booked your place.

ArtWorks are proud to be working with our partners NYAW, Avant Cymru and Afon Dance.  Look forward to seeing you there