We offer a variety of inclusive, creative and educational sessions.
In this section you will learn about our current projects, but do get in touch if you wish to commission a service tailored to your organisation’s needs.
Bespoke, engaging, beneficial services.
We run story-telling, music and movement workshops; parties and events; training sessions and stay and play groups. Our services are tailored for any age and ability. This is with advance planning and skilful moment-to-moment adjustment. As you will read, we’ve a wonderful track record. This is demonstrated by the impressive list of past and present clients and projects below. If you have not read why we think inclusion is vital, you can do so by clicking here. Read about our skills and team on our Mission and People pages. You will see how uniquely well-equipped we are.
Mobile workshops, one to ones and parties.
We offer a mobile service for our workshops, attending various community venues. Sessions are for groups, one-to-one and private parties. Compassionate needs based home visits are available, for example, in times of circumstantial inaccessibility, ill health or palliative care. We provide all necessary equipment, music and sensory play items. All you need to do is provide the space, the people and wear your party shoes! As a result of COVID 19, we now run Facebook Live and Zoom sessions. These are for groups and individuals.
Keep scrolling for partnerships past and present.
Stay and play community group.
We also offer a weekly community stay and play group. This is at Glyndwr Hall, Glyndwr Road, Penarth, in South Wales. When we aren’t in semi-lockdown there are drop in sessions on Tuesday Mornings. As a result of COVID 19, we now offer an outdoor group. Sessions are delivered in our accessible, sensory community garden. This is weather permitting on a Thursday morning. Limited places are available and must be booked in advance. You can click here to visit our Facebook page for real-time event updates. If you do not use social media, please contact us by clicking here.
What happens in a session?
Due to the skilful way we adapt our sessions, content varies. There will always be lots of music, singing, dancing and movement. We’re big on sensory play and interactive story-telling, too. We cover past and current events; world and popular culture; and traditional fairy tales with a twist. Perhaps you will bump in to Cinderelly at Glastonbury Festival!
Whilst smiling and laughing, participants are also learning and improving:
- Gross and fine motor skills;
- Literacy, language and numeracy;
- Knowledge and understanding;
- Thinking and social skills;
- Sensory play and integration;
- Music exploration and education;
- Communication and interpersonal skills;
- Personal and emotional development;
- Creative exploration and expression;
- Relaxation and practicing mindfulness;
- Introductions to actions and Makaton signing;
- Cultural and spiritual development.
In our testimonial section you will read about Dave. He has an incredible ability to connect with and engage all of our participants. Many of our carers and families cherish his connection with participants of all ages and abilities, including life limiting conditions. We can’t tell you quite how he does it, because it’s his special kind of magic. Suffice to say, he’s one of a kind and a vital part of what makes our service so compelling.
The pleasure of partnership working.
We embrace collaboration and partnership working at KeyCreate. It’s been a pleasure to work with, and be commissioned by, some incredible organisations. We are held in high regard by charities, businesses, schools and statutory services alike. We’re great at what we do. Our networks are testimony of that.
The educational sector sings our praises! That includes mainstream and special schools, specialist autistic units and nurseries. Our workshops have been requested at:
- Ty Gwyn Special School;
- Ysgol y Deri;
- Orbis Education Ty Coryton;
- Crownbridge Special School;
- Heronsbridge Special School;
- Craig y Parc;
- Beechwood College;
- Home Education Barry
- Woodlands Special School;
- Ysgol Glantaf;
- Rogerstone Primary School;
- Ysgol Bryn Derw;
- Brittania Nursery;
- Bridgend College;
- Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre.
South Wales County Councils have directly commissioned our sessions for their Disability Teams; Adoption and Fostering services; children and adult day services; as well as to support local events and initiatives. Local libraries invited us to offer sessions during National Libraries Week.
Charities, organisations and groups.
We have had the privilege of providing workshops for:
Our training and community building.
After delivering work shops for Ty Gwyn Special School for some time, we were asked to provide training for their large Teaching Assistant Force (75 staff!). Our bespoke, professional training better equipped T.A’s to use creativity and their own natural skills to support children with the Literacy and Numeracy Framework.
We have been a staple part of Ty Hafan’s activity calendar since 2017. They are a Welsh nationally acclaimed children’s charity. Our most recent work with them includes staff training and team building sessions. These were booked after Ty Hafan invited us to collaborate with the National Museum of Wales.
Our exhibition themed sessions were so celebrated that we were invited back not once, not twice, but three times. Every time our projects have grown in size, reach and success. There is plenty more to come. At St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life, we designed a mystical story. Magnificent Welsh dragons hatched from and flew across the sky. There they were to headline a fictitious festival called ‘Gywl y Ddraig’, or ‘Dragon Fest’. Participants and their families dressed up as dragons and paraded through the public spaces singing a specially written song.
The procession was about dragons, but it was also a celebration of diversity. Families sang proudly together. It was such a success that a second impromptu ‘Dragon Fest’ began. This one included our participants and the museum visitors, who were just passing by. It goes to show that creativity is key to inclusion. People really are ready to celebrate diversity. We just need to show them how it is done!
Our future dreams.
We would love to expand our services – we have BIG ideas! KeyCreate would love to work with and alongside even more organisations and deliver outstanding community based services and projects, both indoor and outdoor. Imagine a world in which everybody feels welcome and valued. What would it be like to live in a world where everyone looks after themselves, each other, and the world around them?
We believe it is possible for all of us to do better and we know that we are all a part of the solution. What we need is more funding, more staff and more space.
We are developing our existing services. Our accessible and sensory community garden is still in its initial creative stages. Under current circumstances, we welcome an outdoor and online focus for our work. During this time of forced isolation, as a result of COVID 19, we will do our best to bring people together in ways that are innovative, inclusive and full of imagination.
If you had all the keys, what would you create?