Working with Staff and Pupils at Ysgol Hafod Lon (a school in Gwynedd that caters for additional needs) and also the local community, GroundWork North Wales (GWNW) formed a choir comprising of children, young people and support workers and the local Male Voice Choir, Côr Meibion y Brythoniaid.
The project focused on the history of traditional Welsh songs – why they are still sung and where they originated from, ensuring that choir members gained a fuller understanding of Welsh traditions and heritage. Activities included creating murals depicting the songs being sung.
This remarkable project has managed to enable all those involved to work towards mutual goals, developing personal skills (e.g. organisational, creativity, flexibility). As well as providing the children and young people in the Penllyn area with the opportunity to improve their knowledge of Wales’ history and culture, and the heritage of Welsh songs. There is no doubt that their involvement in such a project has increased their confidence and wellbeing as well as inspired their imagination and has enhanced their understanding of the arts. All sessions were run bilingually and Welsh Language skills were increased due to the very nature of the songs.
The concert was held at Plas Glyn y Weddw on Friday the 31st of March and the choir performed to a full house.
A big thanks to all of those involved and we hope to continue supporting the Ysgol Hafod Lon choir, making it a regular activity.