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Merthyr Tydfil residents get creative with support from £1m Creu Cyffro scheme

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  • 04 May 2022
Creu Cyffro scheme

More than £1m is being invested in establishing a Merthyr Tydfil creative training scheme to help local residents become artists, musicians, actors and filmmakers.

The Wellbeing@Merthyr-coordinated Creative Industry Training Programme is being supported by 10 partners including Community Music Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, the Open University and Screen Alliance Wales.

The next six months will see a programme of training activities hosted by partner venues Theatr Soar, The College Merthyr Tydfil, Redhouse Cymru, The Bothy at Cyfarthfa Park, and the Creative Clinic, Gurnos.

Other delivery partners include Beacon Bees, local author and playwright Anthony ‘Bunko’ Griffiths, theatre company PuppetSoup, First Campus, Screen Alliance Wales and Into Film.

“The programme is called Creu Cyffro, which means ‘to create excitement’,” said the Council’s Head of Regeneration and Housing Chris Long. The aim is to provide a collaborative way of working, supporting training and learning opportunities for both young people and adults, unemployed and employed people.”

The first project completed under Creu Cyffro was a Covid community memorial which is now on display at Christ Church in Heolgerrig, Merthyr Tydfil.

Cyfarthfa Castle’s artists in residence Allison Richards and Rob Taylor (ARRTDUO) supported local people to create fused glass images representing each person's experience of the pandemic. The glass is illuminated from behind and mounted on a sweet chestnut base holding 10 candles.

Merthyr Tydfil is one of only 100 communities across the UK selected to receive funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund, a £220 million scheme to help the economy recover from the impact of Coronavirus by supporting projects boosting local investment in skills, local businesses and communities, and helping people find jobs.

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