(Via Live Music Now) 

FREE Music and Mince Pies Christmas concert

FREE Music and Mince Pies Christmas concert to be held at Bethany Baptist Church Rhiwbina on Saturday 21st December 3-4pm with a retiring collection in aid of the work of Live Music Now in Wales. 

It is an all age event and dementia friendly. Our fantastic brass quintet Blackweir Brass will help herald the arrival of Christmas with a range of festive and familiar tunes, and free mince pies and hot drinks will be served afterwards. 

Live Music Now is the UK's leading musicians development and outreach charity, and in Wales we work in all 22 counties delivering 350-550 performances a year. In particular we bring the transforming power of high quality live music to care homes and hospitals with isolated older people and those living with dementia, as well as rurally deprived primary schools and children with special educational needs and disabilities. We are also currently working with Ty Hafan children's hospice and Noah's Ark children's hospital.

Here is a short video which explains more of our work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSL-_2L3mM0&t=31s

We hope you can join us for this free festive celebration! 

Music Mince Pies poster

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company proud - RomArchive wins prestigious award

Paris, 29 October 2019 – The winners of the 2019 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated with the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen at the recently restored Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. On this occasion, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, announced the 7 Grand Prix laureates.The Grand Prix winners were selected by a jury of experts and the Board of Europa Nostra from among this year’s 25 winning achievements.

Under the category ‘Research’ the RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma won the prize. RomArchive is an international digital archive for Romani arts – a growing collection of art of all types, complemented by historical documents and scholarly texts. The archive enables the Roma to reclaim and form the narrative around their community.

Isaac Blake led a team of academics and researchers in collating appropriate items and artefacts for the RomArchive. While “hegemonic” archives have almost exclusively portrayed Roma in stereotypical ways, RomArchive focuses on their self-representation: New narratives will emerge, reflecting the heterogeneity of the Roma’s diverse national and cultural identities. The wealth of their artistic and cultural production – tightly interwoven with that of Europe as a whole, centuries old, lively and varied to this very day – will become visible and publicly accessible. This way, the project seeks to counter persistent stereotypes and deep-seated prejudices. RomArchive is thus addressed not only to Europe’s largest minority, but also to Europe’s social majorities.

Isaac Blake, Director of the Romani Cultural and Arts Company says: “I am very proud that we were key leaders in the RomArchive and developed a significant contribution through our Dance ArchiveThis is a far-reaching piece of work.”

Nick Capaldi​, Chief Executive of theArts Council of Wales says “Culture is strengthened by the diverse experience and creativity of all sections of contemporary society.  In spite of globalisation – perhaps because of it – we find ourselves living in an increasingly fractured society where all too often we can seem small‑minded, mean‑spirited and ill at ease with ourselves.  The RomArchive initiative provides an important and timely reminder of the dynamism of the Roma traditions.  A tolerant and fair society recognises the creativity of all its citizens.  We warmly recognise this celebration of the creativity and identity of an often ignored community.” 

Jane Hutt, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip and whose work covers the Romani community said, “Congratulations to the Romani Cultural and Arts Company for the excellent work they’ve undertaken in Wales and across Europe in the development of RomArchive. Promoting the works of Welsh Romani’s such as Howell Wood is an excellent way of showcasing the contributions of the community. The arts help us to celebrate diversity and break down feelings of distrust, ignorance and prejudice; they have a vital role in creating a fairer, more equal and more tolerant society.

“Last June,Welsh Government published its ‘Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers’ Plan which seeks to tackle some of the fundamental injustices faced by these communities. The publication of this Plan reinforces our commitment to improving equality, providing opportunities and narrowing the gaps experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers across Wales.”

Europa Nostra’s press release: https://www.europanostra.org/2019-grand-prix-winners-announced/

RomArchive Dance section: https://www.romarchive.eu/en/dance/

On Wednesday 25th September the stakeholder reference group for developing the Ministerial Advisory Group for Carers Engagement and Accountability Group met.


The aims of the meeting were to:


  • Agree Terms of Reference for and composition of the Engagement and Accountability Group
  • Agree mechanism for partner organisations to nominate a relevant frontline member of staff or carer to participate in the Group
  • Agree a suggested agenda, venue and format for the first meeting of the group


As a result of feedback from given at the meeting the Terms of Reference for the Group have been amended.


During the meeting, Welsh Government advised that they require the group to have members as follows:


  • 2 members from Children in Wales’ Young Carers Network
  • Up to a maximum of 5 places for carers identified through All Wales Forum’s Regional Partnership events
  • 7 Regional Partnership Board representatives (places will be offered to them but there is recognition that all may not accept)
  • A representative from a from a hospice or bereavement organisation
  • A representative from a drug and alcohol organisation
  • A representative from a mental health organisation

The Stakeholder group agreed the following additional members:


  • 4 members to represent primary and secondary care (nomination process supported by LHBs)
  • 1 Social Worker (nomination process supported by Social Care Wales)
  • 3 members of frontline staff who support carers (nomination process supported by COLIN)
  • 5 additional carer representatives (nomination process supported by third sector organisations)


All nominees to the group are expected to be connected to a wider network and therefore be able to genuinely represent a broad range of individuals. To enable this, Carers Trust Wales will ensure that connectivity is mapped as part of the nomination process.


During the meeting it was agreed that the group should be between 20 and 25 members maximum with the expectation that the group would co-opt members or invite observers to particular meetings or to support specific areas of work as appropriate.


Therefore, Carers Trust Wales will approach organisations with the specified areas of expertise detailed above to nominate members. It is our expectation that these organisations can nominate either carers or frontline professionals to join the group as appropriate.



The nomination process and forms for carers are available and should there be more nominees that places on the Engagement and Accountability Group members will be appointed based on their ability to represent a network and to connect their involvement in the group to a wider audience.


All nomination forms must be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday 29th November. As above, Welsh Government will then make a decision on the most appropriate members based on ensuring that the group is as representative as possible.


All members will be notified of their successful appointment by email w/c 9th December.  All membership of the group is voluntary and unpaid.

The first meeting is expected to be held in Cardiff on either Wednesday 22nd January or Thursday 23rd January. There will be Skype facilities arranged so that those appointed to the Group are able to join remotely should they so wish.

National Lottery Community Fund's 25th Birthday

The National Lottery Community Fund have launched a brand-new fund to distribute grants of £100 to £1,000 to fund ideas that bring people together during The National Lottery's 25th birthday year. 

How and when to apply

It's a really easy online application which is accessed at www.CelebrateNationalLottery25.com www.Dathlu25LoteriGenedlaethol.com

The application window is just two weeks, so please encourage people to apply quickly.  It closes at 2pm on Friday 6 December.

Who can apply

There's no need to be part of a formal group to apply.  Applicants just need to be in a group of two or more to apply.

We're particularly keen to hear from people who haven't received funding from The National Lottery before.

What you can apply for

We're looking to fund events, activities, or item costs, between £100 and £1,000 that will bring people together between 1 February and 18 November 2020.  That could be a pensioner's club hosting a bowls tournament, a school's PTA organising a cinema trip or a group of neighbours gathering for a tea party.