The Arts Development team are currently working on projects to improve mental and physical health as well as offering creative industry support and engaging with young people in the community.

A group of teenagers are in a forest. They are congregating behind a large video camera. One young lady is in front of the camera holding a film clapper board.

IMPROVING MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH

Dance Apprentice                                              
Funded by the Foyle Foundation, this focuses on working with older people, care homes and dementia in the community

St Gwladys Arts and Mental Health group
Based In St Gwladys Church hall this is a project that works exclusively with people that have experienced Mental Health issues and the Arts and Crafts projects are designed to have a therapeutic effect on those taking part.

Springfield Day Centre Dance Group
This is a partnership project with Disability Caerphilly in Pontllanfraith that empowers people with a range of disabilities through using music, dance, movement and social skills

Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s
The class is proven to support people with Parkinson’s to develop confidence and strength whilst temporarily relieving some symptoms in everyday life. It also encourages volunteers to support participants.

Inside Out Cymru
We support Inside Out in delivering creative sessions in various art forms around the county for those experiencing mental health issues. Details of classes are to be found on the Inside Out Cymru website

Inter-generational work in care homes
Partnerships between nurseries and primary schools, care homes & people with dementia resulting in music, dance and writing sessions to break down stigma and improve mental health.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY SUPPORT

Music Development
We support young talented singer/songwriters in secondary schools through developing their skills and also knowledge to make a living within the industry and showcase their work.

It’s My Shout films
This annual project gives many young people opportunities to gain real work experience working on short films produced by the BBC & S4C.  The project provides hands on training for young people in roles such as actors, runners, editors, sound, lighting, production costume and design, working alongside industry professionals.  

YOUNG PEOPLE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Caerphilly Youth Theatre
This gives 14 – 19 year olds the opportunity to create and perform drama to a high quality at Blackwood Miners Institute with a range of specialised directors.

Welsh Language Activities
We also run drama work for 13 – 19 year olds with Menter Caerffili plus a Cam a Dram group for 8 – 12 year olds that often perform at Ffilifest at Caerphilly Castle.

Young Writers’ Squads and Sgwad Sgwennu
Each year we run Writers squads for a new cohort of talented young writers comprised of pupils in years 5 and 6 from Primary schools right across Caerphilly borough.

Fusion Network
This is an innovative Welsh Government fully funded programme that brings together Caerphilly and Torfaen to develop innovative solutions to community issues through culture and heritage.

Literature 
We work in partnership with Literature Wales aims to raise literacy standards and get more people writing and reading through targeted projects in communities. 

St James Carnival
Supporting Lansbury Park and the wider area in co developing creative activities leading to what is envisaged as an annual event.

200 Stories
The creation of a series of stories for publication which are developed in partnership with local schools as part of Blackwood towns 200th anniversary.

Drama apprentice
A new programme of work aimed at co developing opportunities in areas of the community where the need is greatest.