TVConwy have been delighted to have been involved in documenting the work of a collaborative project between various local community groups over the past six months when Conwy became a “Fusion “pioneer area in July 2016.
“Fusion”, with the agenda of “Tackling Poverty through Culture”, has been embedded into the Communities First framework and has an innovative programme which uses the arts, culture and heritage to support some of Wales’ most disadvantaged communities. It supports local authorities and the Welsh Government’s Communities First programme to find new and exciting cultural opportunities, to help improve confidence, skills, attainment and employability.
In December of last year, as part of this programme, Fusion and Communities First worked with Venue Cymru, local artists Wendy Couling and Alana Tyson, Helfa Gelf, and a collection of local schools to produce hundreds of individual puppets which were displayed at 22 Station Rd in Colwyn Bay.
Another aspect of the project was Hidden Gems where the groups worked with local artisans and craftspeople developing branding, social media awareness, marketing skills and much more – this culminated in a pop-up shop throughout the Christmas season.
In Tan Y Lan Community Centre in Old Colwyn, and Ty Llywelyn in Llandudno several intergenerational projects took place, a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day itself, and a lunch where members of the youth club entertained the older members and created beautiful individual gifts for them.