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.
At Ty Llywelyn Community Centre in Landudno young and old have joined together to bust the generational myths – they’ve been doing this by enjoying lots of inter- generational events and activities.
We went along to the Forties Nostalgia Tea and were delighted to see these two groups of people having such a great time just hanging out together.
Although there were a few tears from some of the older people, remembering friends and family past, the atmosphere was one of joyous memories and it was packed with people joining in the singing and dancing!
The volunteers at the club did an amazing job – making cakes, decorating the diner, serving the guests and generally joining in the fun. Everyone agreed what a great event it was and were all looking forward to the next one.
Our next visit was to one of a series of family workshops in Canolfan Dewi Sant Centre in Pensarn where there were a series of activities going on during the half-term break. We met with lots of families and followed them as they made bread, cakes and biscuits and then had a lovely celebratory picnic.
On St. David’s Day we went along to Ysgol Maes Owen and joined the children, adults, teachers and the very talented and delightful workshop leader Chloe Needham to see the group put together the finishing touches of an illustrated book they had been designing together.
This is just a snapshot of these partnerships – there are many more of these Communities First and Fusion projects, all working with the local community, local organisations and schools.