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10/10/2019

Today is World Mental Health Day, and mental health is a big topic in today’s uncertain and divisive times. Recently there have been many articles about the benefits of mindfulness and of spending time in nature for positive mental health and there is an increasing recognition of an odd sounding practice called ‘Forest Bathing’. Forest Bathing has its roots in something called Shinrin-yoku and was developed in Japan in the 1980s to deal with the chronic stress and illness in…

10/10/2019

Following years of drug taking, drinking and living on the streets, this World Homeless Day, Andy, 42, is taking the opportunity to reflect on the support Emmaus South Wales has given him, empowering him to turn his life around.  “[I] started drinking socially around the age of 16. By the time I was 20, I’d moved on to drugs. You name it, I tried it, but really it was because it was what we all did – I just followed…

10/10/2019

The stunning Macbeth opened in Cardiff this evening, delighting the audience with breath-taking acting, played out on a cleverly designed set with eyecatching lighting and perfectly timed sound effects. The stage set of a castle was incredibly detailed with forest panels to both sides of the stage; the use of music was intriguing as a concept and in practice, was the perfect companion to the dialogue enhancing the performance. All the cast members gave outstanding and mesmerising performances, as the…

10/10/2019

Leading charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare are appealing to people in Cardiff to volunteer to help in the UK’s biggest food collection for people in need. From Thursday, November 21 until Saturday, November 23 the two charities will be collecting food in Tesco stores across the UK and Northern Ireland during the annual Tesco Food Collection. They are looking for local volunteers to encourage shoppers to donate, so that as much food as possible can be collected. During the…

09/10/2019

  Are you a budding musical theatre performer aged 6 to 21? Do you dream of performing in London on a West End stage? The talent competition, West End Calling is coming to Cardiff on Sunday 20th October at Chapter Arts Centre, and they want to see YOU! Now in its 5th year, West End Calling is a national singing competition for young people offering contestants the unique opportunity to audition in front of a panel of West End stars,…

09/10/2019

Graham Clifford was last Monday presented with The Fostering Network in Wales’ inaugural President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to foster care. Graham, along with his partner Rose, have been foster carers with Bridgend Council for over two decades, during which time they have cared for eleven children and young people of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of needs. They are currently looking after two siblings who have lived with them since…

09/10/2019

Techniquest manages the Nuffield Research Placements Programme in Wales. Nuffield Foundation -a UK-wide funded programme- gives young people the chance of gaining skills and confidence in science and research through exciting research-based placements. This week, Techniquest will host a celebration event for the successful 2019 students. 59 students across Wales completed a Nuffield Research Placement of between 4-6 weeks during the summer-holidays this year. Techniquest – the UK’s longest established science centre – is hosting an official Celebration Event for…

09/10/2019

  BT has signed a deal to become the exclusive lead partner of Welsh football until 2024. The partnership will see the BT logo appear on all training kit worn by all Men’s, Women’s, Development and Disability Teams from November.   The partnership with the FAW will aim to connect the nation at every level of the game, particularly supporting grassroots.  More details about the broader ambitions of the partnership will be revealed in the coming months and is part of a wider new BT…

09/10/2019

Kora Blair has had a passion for riding from the age of eight but since she began riding at Cardiff Riding School, just over a year ago, her riding has progressed to the next level. Born with three holes in her heart and a chromosome 15 23q deletion, a rare genetic disorder, which affects her speech, growth, sight, and development, Kora also has restricted movement in her elbow and forearm as the bones are fused due to synostis. Under the…

09/10/2019

CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA starts its 2019/20 season in style at St David’s Hall with tune after tune from across the pond in American Night on Friday 18 October! Neil Collins caught up with CPO Conductor, Michael Bell MBE to see what they have in store for us… CPO last presented an American Night on Independence Day 2015. Are you a fan in particular of American classical music and what sets it apart from the rest? A night of American music…