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Project information

Hidden Talents - Doniau Cudd

Integrated weekly music sessions for adults with learning disabilities. The sessions are immensely important to the 30 adults who currently attend. For them, music is a means of communication and expression, also helping to boost confidence and to learn new skills.

September 2017 - August 2018

Charity information: Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (Music Centre)

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  • Need


    A need was identified for creative music activities on a regular basis for young and older people who have severe learning difficulties. Musical activities provide a natural source of expression where, very often, words are totally inadequate.
    The music sessions started in 2003, since then the demand has grown and we currently offer two one-hour weekly sessions during the academic year.


    We will hold weekly music sessions at Caernarfon for 30 adults over the 2017 - 2018 academic year. They will be led by musician Arfon Wyn, with volunteer musicians; which are young talented students of the William Music Centre (CGWM).
    In addition to the integrated music sessions themselves, 'Hidden Talents' members as a group will accept a number of performance opportunities within the year, such as at CGWM concerts and at community fairs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    CGWM provide opportunities involving the whole community regardless of age, background and ability.


    » Continue and develop the educational provision for adults with learning disabilities.
    » Develop CGWM's contribution in the field of Arts in Health

    What success will look like

    By continuing to run successful sessions for adults with learning disabilities. Other related projects regarding this aim is 'Steps in Music and 'Music Memories'.

    Aim 2

    Develop a portfolio of music based projects & partnerships with like minded organisations & groups.


    » Develop the partnership with Denbighshire Arts Service to expand 'Hidden Talents' throughout the county.
    » Identify groups who are currently not engaging, and recruit new partners to help us reach them.
    » Review all existing projects and services to maintain and enhance them.

    What success will look like

    Successful delivery of projects, and increased levels of engagement and participants resulting from the developed partnerships.

  • Impact


    It is evident that the 'Hidden Talents' project is having a positive impact its members. Since establishing the project in 2003, many members have continued to attend since the beginning. The sessions has become a very important part of their lives, as well as being an inspiration to all involved.
    The program offers weekly integrated music sessions with tutor Arfon Wyn, enabling the adults with learning difficulties to make music alongside other young musicians and invited guest performers.


    This project is very dependent on securing adequate funding.
    Transport has to be organised and paid for, as well as tutor, and guest artist fees, room rental and general management and administration.
    We have managed to raise sufficient funds to run this project successfully since 2003 through grants and donations.


    We will thank each donor, and provide development reports and photos / videos.
    Donors will also be invited to attend a performance by the group.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,117

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,360 Musician fees Fees include tutor for sessions at 3 diff. locations, guest artists & offer junior hidden talents
      £2,117 Room rental Room rental for 3 diff. locations & for junior hidden talents
      £2,640 Taxis Taxis for Caernarfon sessions only @ £110 per evening.
      £3,000 Admin. Management, co-ordernating and supervision

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council of Wales £3,000 Guaranteed
    Ratcliff Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The main Hidden Talents sessions take place at Caernarfon, Gwynedd north Wales. It is an attractive historical town where CGWM is based.
    Participants travel from surrounding villages of around 30 minutes drive time.
    Through recent developments to expand the project, monthly sessions are held at a Mencap group in Pwllheli and at a rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Denbigh. We wish to develop further at Pwllheli and Denbigh, and maintain sessions at our main branch in Caernarfon.


    Individuals form the local community who have learning disabilities benefit socially and educationally.
    Young musicians from CGWM volunteering and invited to interact and develop improvisation skills on their instrument.
    Support workers- providing an alternative social activity to share with their client.
    Respite for families - the provision of transport is essential to make sure that families have a couple of hours respite each week, also provides a sense of independence for the individuals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a proven track record of successfully carrying out this project since 2003, and means to develop.
    We have sufficient levels of expertise in management and delivery. As a creative organisation, we have a pool of professionals at hand to lead the sessions and as guest artists.
    We make sure that all health and safety procedures are carried out.
    In 2013, this project won the 'Bryn Terfel Foundation Wales Care Award' for 'Promoting the Arts in Social Care'.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias

    The Music Centre plays an important role in the project. Including management, fundraising, and providing young musicians and guest artists.

    Arfon Wyn

    Arfon is a professional musician who has been the main tutor and inspiration for the project since the beginning.

    Gwynedd Council Social Services

    The project is fully supported by the county's Social Services, who provide social workers and carers for the sessions.

    Denbighshire Arts Service & Mencap

    New partnerships have been established in development of the project at new locations. We will maintain and develop these partnerships.