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AMETHYST

The Amethyst project is a new pilot project by Small World Theatre. They work with young people experiencing issues around anxiety, depression, low mood, self-harm, suicidal ideation, low confidence and low self-esteem by piloting activities that improve individuals and communities well-being.

This is a two-year programme that will develop different sessions for different age groups county-wide, as well as sessions for parents and families to build understanding of how to support children suffering from these issues.

Small World Theatre use a unique tool bag of techniques to help participants explore their relationship with themselves and others, to identify barriers they face in their lives and look for positive solutions.  These techniques will be practiced in a safe space in which young people can feel at ease and comfortable. The techniques include ‘circle time’ to build trust and listening skills; drama exercises and fun games to put participants at ease; looking at coping with anxiety, low mood and general emotional wellbeing and raising awareness of mental health issues affecting young people through interactive bilingual performances.

The project will include sessions in 6 junior schools around the county with years 5 and 6, and non-school based sessions for two different age groups, years 7, 8 & 9 and years 10+.

The sessions of approximately 3-4 hours will be held in Cardigan and Aberystwyth, and individual primary schools’ county wide, so the service can be accessible to more young people and their families. Some sessions will include a performance and discussion for the whole school or year group including parents and extended families.

Positive results from Amethyst is already evident in participants feedback “It's not only tactics that help with depression and anxiety, it helps with other things outside of the Amethyst Project like anger and stuff…It's not just the counsellors and workers, it's the other people who come to Amethyst that have been supportive.”

 

For further information on our projects, discuss your ideas or for information regarding eligibility of support please call the Cynnal y Cardi team on 01545 572063; e-mail cynnalycardi@ceredigion.gov.uk; or visit www.cynnalycardi.org.uk.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.