Arts, Business & Health 2019
Sponsored by Cartrefi Conwy
Winner: Pendine Park
Nia Jones, Cwmni'r Frân Wen, Nia Davies Williams, Mario Kreft MBE & Sarah Edwards, Pendine Park & Rebecca Evans
Image by Glenn Edwards
Pendine Park sponsored Cwmni’r Frân Wen’s Ŵy, Chips a Nain, a play which focussed on the relationship between a boy and his grandmother who has dementia. The unique partnership gave the creative team a real insight into the condition by talking to residents of the care homes and their families. Investment from A&B Cymru’s CultureStep enabled intergenerational workshops, developing a wider understanding of dementia. 750 children participated, as well as residents of the Bryn Seiont Care Home and their families, and the play was seen by almost 5,000 people. Frân Wen acknowledges how inspirational engaging with residents has been, while the partnership allowed the Care Home to expand its extensive range of creative opportunities. Both partners hope to continue to work together in future and the judges praised the wide ranging benefits of this project.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
The Health Board funded arts workshops to increase wellbeing and address a range of social and behavioural issues. Working in partnership with Denbighshire County Council Arts Service, who managed the project, at-risk families were signposted to the sessions by Family Link Workers from the Education service. Evaluation showed a significant impact on both children and parents who attended. Families were given further help to continue using creativity as a tool to improve communication and engagement.
University of South Wales
The University’s sponsorship of Rubicon Dance began in 2016 and has developed into a research project that benefits both partners. It gives Life Sciences students practical work experience and provides Rubicon with evaluation of the impact of its activity on the health of older people in disadvantaged areas. Further joint research programmes into health & wellbeing are now being planned.
Western Power Distribution
WPD’s sponsorship of National Dance Company Wales’ Dance for Parkinson’s enabled a pilot class in Blackwood. Last year, over 700 people took part there and in the established Cardiff class. The project provided WPD with an opportunity to promote its Priority Services Register to a target group. Plans are now in place to expand the scheme.