Arts and Bereavement

A new approach to support people who are grieving is taking place in parks across the South Wales Valleys over the summer.

The Evergreen Art programme (Celf Bytholwyrdd) aims to explore how taking part in arts activities in natural environments can support people in recovering from the trauma of loss.

The arts and craft sessions are open to people of all ages who may be grieving and are free of charge, thanks to Arts, Health and Wellbeing lottery funding from Arts Council of Wales, and has been developed by community arts organisation Head4Arts, in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care, Valleys Steps and Coed Lleol.

Kate Strudwick, Creative Director of Head4Arts said:

The last two years have been particularly challenging for people struggling with bereavement and we need a variety of options for people seeking support. One way is to participate in creative activities alongside other people in the same situation, and to connect with our beautiful outdoor spaces.

The team of artists will assist people in making artworks to commemorate those they have lost – including the opportunity to add augmented reality codes linking to “digital memory boxes” of photos, stories, special locations and video.

The sessions will take place from August to October at The Hive Café in Cyfarthfa Park, Parc Cwm Darran Visitor Centre, Pontypool Active Living Centre (Pontypool Park) and Libanus Lifestyle (Blackwood).

A full list of dates and times can be found on the Head4Arts website ( or for further information contact (01495 400211 ext 122)

If you would like bereavement support and live in the Gwent area, please download the Bereavement Support Information document (bottom of the page) to see where you can access this support.

Alternatively, if you need immediate support, you can contact the the Royal Gwent Hospital on 01633 234234 and ask for the Chaplaincy Department.

Please check back soon for further updates on this project.

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