Grŵp Cynefin hopes for crowning glory at Conwy! Monday 29 July 2019

Grŵp Cynefin’s stand at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst at the begining of August will offer visitors a warm welcome. No doubt the highlight of the week will be whether or not a winning poet receives Grŵp Cynefin’s prestigious crown commissioned and sponsored by the housing association in 2019.

Grŵp Cynefin hopes for crowning glory at Conwy!

The crown will not only be the housing association’s artistic artefact during the week, as Saturday 3 of August, sees the unveiling of two special murals created by the children and friends of Perthi housing estate at Llanrwst as part of a joint project with Arts and Business Cymru.

The Children’s Poet for Wales, Casia Wiliam and a talented Conwy Valley artist, Eleri Jones have been working with primary school children, in art workshop sessions on the Grŵp Cynefin housing estate in the weeks leading up to the Eisteddfod.

“It has been a lovely process working with the children,” explains Eleri Jones who is a self-employed artist and is experienced in running arts workshops with children and young people across Wales.

“I promote a particular technique when working with children, where they create pictures following discussion and research, and then I create stencils of their drawings, so we achieve a clear composition at the end. The technique also slows the minds of the children into creating, as they are normally full of energy like busy bees! It gives the creative process time to develop.

“What has become apparent to Casia and myself whilst working with the children and friends of Perthi housing estate is how influential being outdoors is in their minds. In this modern digital era, it is a breath of fresh air to hear that the park, a piece of grassland on the estate, the town’s shops are big influences in the children’s daily lives. We were delighted to hear that ‘her wall’ was a favourite place for one of the younger children we’ve worked with.”

During the week, we look forward to seeing the influences of Llanrwst on the lives of the children through poetry and imagery within the murials on Grŵp Cynefin’s Eisteddfod stand.

There will be an opportunity for children and young people to decorate their own crowns on the stand during Monday, the official crowning of the bard day; and then on Tuesday between 1 and 2 o’clock in the afternoon the designer herself, Angela Evans, will visit us in a Question and Answer session where we will learn more about her vision and inspiration for this year’s crown design.

A well-known voice and recognisable face from the BBC, Beti George, a dementia care ambassador will join us on Wednesday to present the Grŵp Cynefin bursary cheques as part of the Older People’s Conference held in support of Bangor University earlier this year. The theme of the day will be Intergenerational Day to celebrate our work during the year supporting older tenants within our extra care homes. It is a celebration of the success seen in our older tenants mood, health, well-being and social skills whilst working with children from primary schools in our areas.

The small bursaries will help spread the good work and encourage other organisations to follow the positive pattern of linking children and young people with older people across north Wales. The well-known psychologist, Catrin Hedd from Bangor University will be joining visitors to our stand during the afternoon to host intergenerational activities and to share her experience of working with Grŵp Cynefin on the scheme during the year.

Young people will be the focus of Thursday afternoon, as a rural housing event is hosted to between 1 and 2 o’clock. The Young Farmers Clubs’ Association will be working with Grŵp Cynefin to encourage their members from across Eryri and Clwyd to come along and discuss concerns about housing shortages and the affordability of homes for young people in the countryside.

A native of Conwy County, the composer and performer Arwel Lloyd, Gildas will be entertaining visitors following the YFC event between 2 and 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Originally from Llansannan, Arwel studied History at University before developing his music ineterests. Arwel is a teacher in Carmarthenshire, but is also a guitarist for Al Lewis Band and is a well established solo artist. Arwel’s historical background inspired him in naming ‘Gildas’, in memory of the Welsh monk of the same name who pilgrimaged throughout Wales in the 6th century cataloging the events of the day in his works. It will be worth coming along to hear Gildas’ melodic tunes on Thursday afternoon.

Between 10am and 12:00 on Friday, Community Housing Cymru will raise awareness of the skills, opportunities and experiences needed to work within the housing sector in Wales. Face painting will also be available for the younger children during the afternoon.

Throughout the week there will be an opportunity to make smoothies on the special smoothie bike!

Remember to pop in for a cuppa and a chat, a warm welcome will be waiiting for you on the Grŵp Cynefin stand (515-517) all week.

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