Press Release 22/04/2013

 

Touch Trust Performers Prepare For The Stage

 

Friday April 19th 2013

 

Statement from Rhondda CynonTaf County Borough Council:

 Residents with learning disabilities are preparing to take to the stage at the Wales Millennium Centre thanks to the world of touch.

 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Touch Trust service takes place in its Learning Curve bases in Treforest, Gadlys and Llwynypia. It offers touch-based art and dance programmes for disabled people in specially equipped rooms with colourful lights and soft furnishings.

 This innovative programme, incorporates the mediums of dance, music, movement and colour vibrancy to create stimulating environments which engage and enthuse those with the most profound learning disabilities and made their experience enjoyable and fun.

 Now service users will celebrate the work of Touch Trust with a special performance on the Glanfa Stage of the Wales Millennium Centre on April 30th.

 The collaborative performance, organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Touch Trust, Welsh National Opera and Cariad Interactive, is called “The North Wind Blows.”

 The partnership has enabled the Council’s day centre staff to be trained by experts at the Touch Trust so they can deliver unique creative movement programmes on a weekly basis for individuals with learning disabilities, those affected by autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex needs along with other vulnerable groups within the community.

 Service users are not only benefiting from this unique partnership by developing new interests but also by becoming more confident through sensory experiences.

 Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Cllr Mike Forey said: “This has been a hugely successful programme of activities and has developed with the training of staff and the various schemes now on offer across the County Borough.

”These are having a real, positive impact on so many people with learning disabilities in Rhondda Cynon Taf as this service continues to develop according to need and demand.

 “Through the musical instruments and materials, service users can engage with a new experience and also each other, learning something new and benefiting from an activity they enjoy.

 “With its three Touch Trusts, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council aims to aid self-development and active life-long learning within a social, creative and nurturing environment.”

 “The North Wind Blows” takes place on the Glanfa Stage of the Wales Millennium Centre on April 30th from 10.30am.

 To find out more about the exciting and innovative Touch Trust, offered by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, contact Learning Curve on 01443 841236.

 

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