Here's a round-up of the activities and explorations from the service users at Tŷ Aberdafen.
- Christian is a big dance music fan and wanted to learn how to mix and produce his own song. He has been learning a piece on the keyboard with the services’ Music Therapist, Lucie, from Nordoff Robbins, which he wants to incorporate into his song. His first session went brilliantly and Jamie said he “picked it up really quickly”, with Christian adding that he was “loving it”. Jamie is returning to the service for weekly sessions so Christian can realise his dream of making his own song.
- Charles, from Tŷ Aberdafen, has always been a keen steam train enthusiast. A few weeks ago he was afforded the opportunity to visit the Brecon Steam Mountain Railway.
After a winding drive through the beautiful Welsh countryside, they boarded the train which took them on tour of Mid-Wales. The journey took them into the Brecon Beacons National Park, through Pontsticill and along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir before climbing to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons, the summit of the original line. They stopped at the main station in Pant, and after lunch, visited the workshop where the Locomotives and carriages are repaired.
- Over the last couple of weeks, during weekly art group, the service users at Tŷ Aberdafen have been making fruit baskets and candle holders out of salt dough. Everyone got involved and made items for themselves and as gifts for family and friends. Gary, Tŷ Aberdafen’s Therapy Assistant, had a good idea of pressing a tennis racket onto the dough to create the basket look. Once they had created their item, they put it into the oven to bake on a low heat. All that was left to do then was paint and varnish.
- In other news, Johnathan completed his first cat socialising volunteering session at the RSPCA centre in Swansea. He thoroughly enjoyed the day as cats are one of his favourite animals and working with them is something he has had his mind set on for while. The cat pictured on his shoulder, Delilah, took an instant shine to Jon, climbing all over him and purring. When Jon was asked about the day he said: “I really enjoyed it, it was one of the best moments of my life”. Jon is looking forward to increasing his sessions at the centre to help with the cats.