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Service Users Bring Wales-wide Arts Festival to RCT

Talented older residents are inviting the community to enjoy their work this week, as a free Wales-wide arts festival arrives in Treorchy.

It is hoped as many people as possible will snap up the opportunity to attend the Park and Dare Theatre between 2pm and 8pm on Wednesday (May 20) to enjoy the stunning photography taken by residents aged 50 and over who attend Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s important Learning Curve service.

Llwynypia Learning Curve, which provides day services, education, employment and training opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, has an Older Voices Group for those aged 50 and over.

This group has taken photography for an exhibition called Capturing our Community as part of the Wales-wide Gwanwyn Festival, which is organised every year by Age Cymru to celebrate the talents and contributions of older residents of all walks of life.

The free exhibition is open to all in the community who wish to attend. Entry is free and people are urged to pay the theatre a visit to enjoy the work of the adults.

Cllr Mike Forey, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Services, and Older People’s Champion, said: “The Older Voices Group has been running at Llwynypia Learning Curve for the last four years and now works closely with Age Connects Morgannwg to ensure older people with a learning disability have a voice in their community.

“It continues to go from strength to strength and we are pleased and proud to see the work of the Older Voices Group go on display for all to enjoy at the Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy, this week.

“The fact members of the Older Voices Group have had the chance to contribute to the successful, Wales-wide Gwanwyn Arts Festival – and bring it to Treorchy – is testament to the standard of their work and the support and encouragement they are given through Age Connect Morgannwg.”

Emma Robinson runs the Gwanwyn Festival at Age Cymru. She says “Each year the Gwanwyn Festival goes from strength to strength. This year we are hoping to build on that success and get even more people involved with the arts.”

helley Bird, Breakthrough Project Coordinator at Age Connects Morgannwg, says “ Age Connects Morgannwg  is delighted to be involved in a creative project that encourages older people to have fun, and be less socially isolated and lonely in their communities.”

For further information on “Capturing Our Community” please contact the Learning Curve Service or Age Connects Morgannwg