Reconnect through Music

We had another great music session yesterday with Daniel Fitzgerald from RecRock. Our members and volunteers performed their favourite songs, danced, and enjoyed catching up with their friends. Thanks to Jeremy and Sean for providing lunch; the burgers were delicious. We won’t have a music session next week, but we will be back at Libanus Lifestyle – Wales CIC on June 5th from 10:30am until 12:30pm.

Gardening at TARAGGAN

Yesterday, our volunteers at TARAGGAN Educational Gardens & Nursery were awarded certificates for their outstanding contributions to the gardens by the lovely Caren from GAVO Caerphilly. Thanks to Kyle Richards for presenting the certificates to our volunteers: Christopher Davies, Anthony Davies, Morgan Jones, Gethin Chamberlain, and Rees Powell.

During the morning everyone continued to work hard, weeding the fruit plot and transferring pots to the greenhouse. Next week, we plan to continue removing bindweed from the plot and laying some bark. We are at the gardens every Tuesday morning from 10:30am until 12:00pm. Please feel free to come along!

Reconnect through Cookery

Reconnect through Cookery brings together over forty adults with a range of learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and autism. Some of our members also struggle with mental health on top of everything else. On the menu last Friday was beef chilli tacos, and they tasted amazing. Some of us had never seen or tasted a taco, but they went down a storm, along with the fresh salad our members prepared.

We chatted about what makes you feel healthy and captured some of our thoughts. Georgia said walking, swimming, and salad makes her feel healthy. Richard said he enjoys singing in a music group, chicken, and rice. Our lovely members Richard and Mandy, who are a couple, said their relationship makes them happy, as they go on walks and feel good being together. Gethin said he likes meeting friends, walking, and going to activities.

Thank you so much to Sarah Ballett for hosting the quiz, and Hayley Fishbourne for seeing to the bingo and raffle; your help is most appreciated. Thanks also to Zoe Dummett, Cheryl Smith, and Lauren Price for being hands-on, and to Rees, Mark, Natalie, and Connor for helping in the kitchen (and not forgetting our long-time volunteer Chris who was awesome on the kitchen clean). Our sessions couldn’t go ahead without your support and help.

This project is funded through the National Lottery Community Fund, thank you.

Reconnect through Music

Yesterday, another great morning was had by all, singing and dancing at our weekly music session with Dan from RecRock. We even had our member, Paula, on the drums. We didn’t think Zak would get them back as she enjoyed playing them so much.

Sophie Morgan and Gethin Chamberlain belted out “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Natalie King did a few classics, but our favourite was Cher’s “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”. Richard’s version of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” was fantastic and had everyone singing along. We also had the lovely Paula doing her mic swap session with Dan, as she performed “Unchained Melody” (her favourite), and Jamie sang “A Friend Like Me” from Aladdin. My favourite was The Clash’s “Rock the Casbah.” Shaun nailed it.

Thank you, everyone; we had the most enjoyable morning as always. Next week, Jeremy and Shaun will be serving up burgers to end the session. See you all next Wednesday at 10:30am at Libanus Lifestyle – Wales CIC.

Gardening and Walk

Yesterday our volunteers managed a visit to TARAGGAN Educational Gardens & Nursery, until the rain came down so heavily that it was too wet to work on the plots, so everyone worked together transferring pots from the polytunnel over to the greenhouse. We volunteer at the gardens every Tuesday from 10:30am until 12:00pm. If you would like to join us, please let us know.

As there was no crafts session yesterday, the group decided to go for a walk around Gilfach, as you can see in the second photo below.

University of South Wales Roleplay

Last week, our volunteers/TRAC members, Ffion Poole, Gethin Chamberlain, and Natalie King, worked at the University of South Wales. They role-played patients who had been admitted to the hospital with various health conditions in order to help the third-year student nurses with their training. Well done to all the students; you will all make fantastic nurses. It was great to see the knowledge you have about learning disabilities and the adjustments that need to be made when someone is admitted to hospital.