Blog 2020/21

Week 11: Bex Betton, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity

In the last month, I feel I have made the most progression in my Internship so far. After presenting my work, research and suggestions from December, I am now leading four of my own projects.

I am grateful that my senior colleagues trust me to work more independently through scheduling my own daily tasks and allowing me to communicate with a variety of Health Board Staff and artists using my own initiative. It has been a fantastic experience for me to build these projects from little to no starting point and Simone, Jayne and the rest of the team have remained extremely supportive and have been there to advise me at any time.

Whilst two of these projects are continuing, my work with Syndicate Schemes and Legacy Fundraising, the remaining projects are more testing of my creative skills. I am helping to format and sell a book for the charity, as well as bring one of my own creative project ideas to life.

When I joined the internship, my senior colleagues expressed an interest in my knowledge and background in the games industry. As such, they have supported me to apply for my own grants and introduce the first ever games project for the Arts for Health and Wellbeing team!

I am still helping with bits and bobs everywhere and taking on new tasks as they come up. I can’t wait until my projects start becoming public and I can show off my hard work and new skills!

Week 10: Aled Rosser, Cwmni’r Frân Wen

 

Wow! I’m almost 3 months in and it’s flown by! Since the last post so much has happened and where to start? Firstly, the progress in Nyth has developed so quickly it’s hard to keep up. So far I’ve assisted on 7 grant applications to several trusts and foundations, waiting to hear from them is the worst part! But I’m so happy that I had an opportunity to contribute in some way towards Frân Wen’s new home. Since then, I’ve applied for a further 3 grants and working on another 2 by the end of the month!

On top of this, the individual giving campaign is taking shape. We’ve been filming at Nyth for the Social Media campaign also and have created a timeline to when the content will be going out (keep an eye out for the phone on our social media sites). The only thing left to do is to create the page with the details of how to give.

I can honestly say that the last 3 months have been bonkers and crazy, but I’ve enjoyed every second of it!

Week 9: Macx Roche, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Well hasn’t time flown again! First blog of 2021. In my previous blog, I spoke about researching and hoping to implement individual giving platforms and we are now at the countdown to these going live to the public! I am now working on a funding application for an upcoming project alongside some of my colleagues, though this is something new to me, it has been great working with other members of the company and being present during meetings to fully get a sense and passion for what the project is about.

Though I am undertaking this internship through the language of Welsh, I have been given the opportunity to develop my confidence by undertaking a Welsh Language Course. This is not something that every company offers its staff but I feel that this will greatly benefit my confidence in my ability.

As a company, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru has shown great ability to aid and support their staff, especially during these times. The company has offered courses that could help improve staff’s knowledge and also it's taken care to ensure good mental health and wellbeing practice. The Company has implemented ‘Awr o Lonydd’, an hour a day where no meetings or formal communication can be scheduled to give everyone the opportunity to take time for themselves or complete work without disruption.

 I am very much looking forward to the weeks ahead seeing the platforms go live and sending off my first application.

Week 8: Bex Betton, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity

I was delighted to bring 2020 to a close with the first Arts Christmas Newsletter! It was wonderful to bring together the different strands of our team and display all the projects, activities, and competitions we had going on over Christmas. Please follow the link to read it for yourself. 

I’ve been looking into Legacy Fundraising and Syndicate Schemes for the Arts for Health and Wellbeing team; I’m not experienced in either area, so it has been an exciting challenge for me to improve my knowledge and make the most of the resources I have access to through the Internship. I’ve been able to discuss both areas with my mentors Marie and Lynne and my Intern Buddy, Becca. It has been useful to listen to three different sets of ideas and experiences as well as the support I receive from Arts and Business Cymru and my colleagues at the Health Charity. I am looking forward to start using the advice I’ve received around these areas and start putting things in place!

I decided not to book annual leave in December, which allowed me to experience working more independently over the Christmas period. I was able to fill in on tasks for my colleagues who had booked the time off and spend some time focusing on my own research and preparing to pitch my very own project! Hopefully, I’ll have lots more to say about this in my next blog!

Week 7: Eleanor Benson, The Aloud Charity 

I can’t believe I’ve had 7 weeks with Aloud and learnt so much already! I'm feeling very settled into and really positive about how my work ‘’fits into the bigger picture’’ for the charity. In the New Year I’ve also got some exciting projects that I’ll be in charge of so keep an eye out!

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind in the run-up to Christmas – I'm so glad to have joined the charity at such a fun and busy time. It’s really made me appreciate the importance of the festive season for fundraising, and how the generosity of the public can make such a huge difference.

Recently I’ve worked on setting up two different individual giving campaigns on Facebook so look forward to seeing the result of those. Since The Aloud Charity has a fairly small team, it’s great that I’m able to help others too. I’ve enjoyed doing some social media to promote Giving Tuesday, the charity Christmas Cards, and the virtual Christmas Concert.

Some other great news...a funding application that I assisted with (for a big evaluation project) was successful. So onwards and upwards with the trust applications!

This weekend is the virtual Christmas concert which will be a really special festive event, with people tuning in from around the world! I can’t wait to watch this with everyone to celebrate the boys’ and the team’s hard work this year. It will be available to watch on the Only Boys Aloud Youtube page

Week 6: Greta Bettinson, Hijinx

I can’t believe it’s time to write my second blog already – the time seems to be flying by, and perhaps even more so as I’m only with Hijinx three days a week! I’m really beginning to identify and get excited about the ways in which I can use my experience to help Hijinx diversify their fundraising and expand their existing systems.

One of the things I’ve been working on is 12 Days of PAWB, an online festival and fundraising campaign which Hijinx is running throughout December to bring together participants from their community and training programmes to celebrate creativity and raise funds to support community work. We have collaborated with students from USW and Cardiff Metropolitan University who are exhibiting their work online ( https://weblog.hijinx.org.uk/12-days-of-pawb/ ) and in the windows of Wales Millennium Centre, during December. The online festival will showcase performances and online taster sessions, a virtual quiz, and the release of Vaguely Artistic’s (Hijinx’s inclusive in-house band) charity single! This provided an exciting opportunity to develop our relationship with Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, who are sponsoring the single, and for me to write my first application at Hijinx; to Arts & Business’ CultureStep which was successful!

I’ve supported our social media team in writing several posts for #givingtuesday as well as setting up my first ever text donation campaign via Donr. I was very relieved when our first donations came through!

Now more than ever, charities rely on generosity to keep doing what they do! This Christmas, please consider supporting a charity close to your heart.

Find out more about Hijinx’s 12 Days of PAWB: https://www.hijinx.org.uk/celebrate-christmas-with-12-days-of-pawb/

Week 5: Aled Rosser, Cwmni’r Frân Wen

 

5 weeks!!! The time has flown by, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it so far! Since starting at Frân Wen I’ve (tried to) get to know every corner of the company, and there is a lot to get to know! There is so much happening here, and that’s what makes it so exciting! So many fantastic projects that make so much difference to so many people’s lives! 

Before beginning the internship, I had no idea about fundraising! But now I am writing a grant application for ‘Nyth’, a really exciting capital project that will be a new home for Frân Wen as well as young people from the region and the community. It’ll be a place for everyone to come together and get involved in the arts. Alongside this I’m in the process of setting up an online donation scheme, and to launch it there will be a fundraising campaign on social media so keep an eye out!

What’s great about the internship is that it allows me to be as creative as I want whilst also giving me the chance to make a significant impact on the company. With us being such a small team, it allows me to help out in our participatory programme, and it lets others on the team to help and be a part of my journey to fundraise.

A&B has also been a huge help in my confidence, with incredibly useful training sessions. It gives us the chance to network with other arts organisations and it lets us share and bounce ideas off of each other.

On to the next 5 weeks!

Week 4: Macx Roche, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

I am a month in next week!

To say that time has passed quickly would be an understatement, saying this I already feel very comfortable with the team at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and have received such a warm welcome. The amount of support I currently have is something to be marvelled at and I would just like to acknowledge them for a moment; my amazing line manager at Theatr Gen, the knowledgeable course leaders at A&B (including those working ‘behind the screens’), and also my very experienced mentors. I very much doubt there will ever be a moment when I have no one to turn to.

I must admit that working from home is something that takes a while to get used to, but neither A&B nor Theatr Gen has let it stop them.

In the first weeks of my internship, my main focus has been researching into donation platforms for Theatr Gen and will be looking to implement these systems as a key part of the team very soon. Through this research and the online courses provided by A&B Cymru I feel have already learnt so much, I am very much looking forward to what else there is to learn over the next 9 months.

Week 3: Bex Betton, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity

It has been so exciting to join the Arts for Health and Wellbeing team at Cardiff and Vale Health Charity in the run up to Christmas! There’s so much going on around the festivities and I’ve already had the privilege to work on a range of projects.
My first few weeks with the charity have been full of learning opportunities. Since starting my internship, I have: learnt how to use new programs, written articles, submitted a funding application, played an active role in meetings, and inputed my own ideas to enhance our fundraising. The most significant lesson I have learnt so far is the quantity of work involved in fundraising besides bringing in the funding. A lot more time than I anticipated goes into building relationships, spending the finances, and SAYING THANK YOU!
Fundraising has started to become a strong factor in my everyday life; from using AmazonSmile to sending off my old ink cartridges I’ve become a lot more aware of the opportunities to donate and raise funds around me – some of which don’t cost me anything!


As my first month concludes, I am impressed by not only how much the charity has already taught me, but how welcoming my colleagues have been towards utilising my existing knowledge and skillset and embracing my suggestions. I am grateful that I have already been given a significant amount of responsibility and I look forward to continuing to develop with such a fantastic organisation and team.

And that’s a wrap for my third week!

The first few weeks has flown by and I’m feeling very fortunate and excited to be part of the Aloud family for the next 10 months. Although starting purely from home perhaps wasn’t quite what everybody anticipated, it’s been a really enjoyable and jam-packed start to the Internship and I’m already feeling settled into the swing of things.

As interns we’ve also had the chance to take part in some fantastic professional training courses run by Arts & Business Cymru on creating a fundraising strategy and arts sponsorships, all of which will really compliment my practical work. It’s also a great way to network in an informal setting, as lots of other local arts and business managers from attend. It was lovely to meet the other interns virtually and I look forward to getting to know them and sharing experiences over the next 10 months.

I’m really pleased to have got stuck into some projects for the charity already. This week I’ve been writing applications for a Tesco Bags of Help grant, on behalf of each of the 13 Only Boys Aloud choirs, for when rehearsals return to normal – so fingers crossed at least one of these proves successful! I have particularly enjoyed practising my creative and persuasive writing skills to write passionately and concisely and I look forward to developing this further with larger Trusts and Foundation applications.

I’m also delighted to have been assigned my Business Mentor for the year, Kathy Brown. I think the support network from Arts & Business and my various mentors will be a real highlight.

It’s going to be an exciting 10 months ahead!

Week 1: Greta Bettinson, Hijinx

I'm back to do it all again!

It’s been a little while since my last post, and during that time I received the fantastic opportunity to stay at the College a little while longer. During that time, the College and it’s corporate partners won 4 awards at the Arts & Business online awards ceremony, including the Admiral Business of the Year award for their partnership with Penderyn Distillery – the nomination that I wrote!!

In September, my time at the College ended, and I am now onto pastures new, starting a 10-month part-time internship with Hijinx Theatre.

Hijinx is one of Europe’s leading inclusive theatre companies based at the Wales Millennium Centre (although currently everything’s online!) in Cardiff. They work to promote equality and diversity in the theatre and film industries and are the only professional training company for learning disabled and autistic actors in Wales, as well as the UK’s largest casting company dedicated to learning disabled and autistic actors.

I am thrilled to be working with Hijinx at what is a very challenging, yet exciting time, and am looking forward to supporting the Heads of Houses (Hijinx is split into 5 Houses – Theater, Ffilm, Jobs, Academies and Pawb/Community) whilst also expanding my knowledge of into other areas. From a personal point of view, Hijinx’s ethos is something that I’m really passionate about and I think that this experience will be of immense value to my other venture: a Masters in Arts, Health and Wellbeing at USW. I’ve got my work cut out, being the only Fundraiser at Hijinx and studying, but so far so good! This week I’ve been enjoying meeting the team and some of the actors online. I’ve also been working my way through my first week targets and beginning to create a database and priorities list to identify what I need to start fundraising for!