AMETHYST
a Small World Theatre project     

Have you or are you experiencing issues around anxiety, depression, self-harm, low confidence or low self-esteem? The Amethyst Project works with young people experiencing these issues. Our ten week programmes provide a safe, supportive, non-judgemental space where you can explore some of the difficulties you have been experiencing through theatre, games and exercises.

We look at serious subjects but you will not be made to talk about anything you don’t want to talk about and you can also expect good humour and laughter. Our pilot project this spring-summer has been a great success, working with young people from 6 different local schools. Participants have said that this has been a great opportunity for them to meet other young people they can relate to, get support, feel listened to and increase their confidence.

If you are interested in taking part in future sessions, please contact Deri deri@smallworld.org.uk 01239 615 952

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  Supporting adults into higher education

The three Reaching Wider partnerships are working with the Open University in Wales to support adults into higher education The Reaching Wider Access project gives adult learners living in the priority areas, the opportunity to study one of the Open University’s Access courses “People, work and society”. Following this, learners have the chance to progress their studies. They can continue with the Open University or are guaranteed an interview to progress with any one of the other universities in Wales.

Students are assigned a tutor and given additional support through on-line webinar sessions and a project Facebook group. During their Access course, they are given information about their progression options, and encouraged to contact and visit the different Universities.

The project was initially piloted by the North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership in Autumn 2015. Since then it has been developed as a Wales wide initiative. The Reaching Wider partnerships sponsor the students’ places and all the Universities are partners, offering progression routes for learners.

Fifty five students have been sponsored on the project so far (Aug 2017) and we are starting to see progression through to degree level study.

For more information contact: Wales-partnerships@open.ac.uk

open.ac.uk/wales/accessproject

  

 

OpenLearn Champions project

OpenLearn Champions started as a Reaching Wider sponsored project in north and mid Wales in 2012 and has now been mainstreamed into the core widening access work of the Open University in Wales.

OpenLearn Champions bring The Open University’s free online learning courses and resources on platforms such as ‘OpenLearn’ and ‘OpenLearn Cymru’ to communities right across Wales.

The project takes a ‘train the trainers’ approach working with community and learning practitioners. It runs training and workshops, seminar sessions and webinars to reach people across Wales.

Once trained, the OpenLearn Champions get on-going support through the Champions’ Network and help learners to access these resources in their local communities.


The free courses and resources act as a bridge, building learners confidence and skills and in many cases result in them progressing to formal learning.  

There are currently 215 OpenLearn Champions across Wales, typically are Champions are; 

For more information about this work contact:

Wales-partnerships@open.ac.uk

http://bit.ly/OLChamps

 

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Critical Thinking - NPTC Newtown

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Back to Nature Project - Mid

Participants from Ceredigion Care Society took part in the Back to Nature Project recently - gaining valuable teamworking and practical skills in Corner Wood Forest near Llechryd.  Several of them are hoping to study carpentry at the local FE college - Coleg Ceredigion in September 2016.