Breaking Bread Christmas Special a success!

DSC00790A special festive thank you to all our participants who attended our Breaking Bread Christmas Special at Chapter Arts House this Friday. The team hosted their second official workshop and in partnership with the Trinity Project, Splott, Cathays Community Centre and the Dalton Street Centre. We were part funded by the Tesco Charity Trust which enabled us to host a truly special workshop. Focusing on the mobility of the service we set up in a ‘white space’ with an oven hired from M&M Catering Wales. The recipe was a simple cinnamon loaf divided into mini tins for sharing. We also provided icing materials to let the group add festival decorations.

DSC00808The workshop focused on testing what was possible with very limited facilities, cooking times with a hire oven, health and safety, practical issues, as well as continuing to establish key links with Community Services and key protagonists across South Wales. The degree of ‘sharing’ provided by the workshop and the possibilites to connect with people in creative and exciting ways was also monitored.

A massive thank you to everybody who helped make the event possible, Happy Christmas from the team and looking forward to seeing everybody in the new year for more events and workshops.

Leah connects with Communities First Clusters across Cardiff

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CARIAD presents at CEWN showcase event in Trefforest

664801_origThanks to the Creative Exchange Wales Network for hosting their latest showcase event, experts from industry, Welsh Government and the BBC attended to give advice and support recent projects.

Leah presented on several of her projects which have received CEWN support, including iMagine, Breaking Bread and ProFoundCoding. She spoke of scaling up plans for Breaking Bread and the video tagging project in progress, aiming to improve teachers understanding of children with profound and complex learning and communication difficulties. More details about the event can be viewed here.



CARIAD contributes to Children In Need day

DSC09993Thanks to everybody at Trinity Project Splott for hosting such a special event for Children In Need day last week. CARIAD gave a mini Breaking Bread session and connected with the Communities First Cluster in Splott and Adamstown and the legendary No Fit State Circus to discuss additional collaborations and projects.
The event was a huge success and preempts the emerging Trinity Project as a crucial community based hub for creativity, arts and intergenerational activities and events in Wales now and in the future. Exciting times ahead

Final workshops underway for ProFoundCoding

Thanks to AnalysisPro and teachers Andrew Walker and Rachel Woodhouse for working with us over the past few months to develop our latest video tagging templates. The project won additional funding from CEWN to create new templates based around concepts of engagement to tag video sessions of children with profound and complex learning and communication difficulties. We will be releasing the template shortly along with instructions on ways to use and interpret the template for teachers in special schools. We will be adding the latest templates and information to our resource and website, ProFoundCoding which we released over the summer.

We spoke about the project at a recent CEWN special showcase event at the University of South Wales, Trefforest where we pitched the next stages to create new employment opportunities in special schools for Performance Analysis. Watch this space 🙂


Leah connects with ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) and Communities First Cardiff West



Thanks to Rachel and Katie for talking to us about the extensive range of community projects on the go as part of Communities First Cardiff West –!communities-first/c8hd . Our meeting discussed many of the amazing work being undertaken and the ways CARIAD might contribute in the future. We talked about energy saving projects, food health, public health, connecting communities and much more. Looking forward to working with you in the near future.

New Somability Film released

We are delighted to release our new Somability film, documenting the design and development of Somability from 2013 -2014. Thank you Dan from Dan films, an amazing Job! Thank you also to Cardiff Met for funding the film production.

Watch it here:

CARIAD invites everybody to SHOWCASE OF SOMABILITY AND RECENT CARIAD PROJECTS at the WMC on the 11th of November


Somability APPS graphic (2)-3This celebratory event will showcase Somability, an accessible software application, created by designers from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cariad Interactive in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf Skills for Independence day care service and Artis Community. The project uses game technologies to capture movement and generate beautiful, graphic imagery. A compelling preview of Somability will be performed by adults with profound and multiple disabilities and their support workers on the Glanfa Stage. This will be followed by an explanation of the project, panel discussion and an opportunity for the audience to join in and explore the software. There will opportunity to see other recent work being undertaken at CARIAD, to meet participants, researchers, organisations, charities and businesses improving people’s lives through the arts.

For more information on Somability and other CARIAD projects see: and



11th of November 2014, 13:00 15:00

Order of event:

  • 13:00 Introduction, led by Wendy Keay-Bright, with input Rhondda Cynon Taf Skills for Independence
  • 13.20 Short Sharing of Somability with Artis Community
  • 13:40 Introduction to CARIAD centre and CARIAD student projects
  • 13.50 Panel discussion
  • 14:00 Open (mic) free expression with Touch Trust for peers, families, friends and visitors to try Somability
  • 14:20 Short Plenary discussion with RCT, Cariad, Artis Community and Touch Trust
  • 14:30 Networking and chance to view other CARIAD projects


The event will be open to the public and in a public space.

Please send all enquires and RSVP to


New CEWN funding success

20140430113038.m2ts.Still001Delighted to announce that Leah has been successful in her latest funding bid to work with special need teachers from Exeter House School and AnalysisPro! ProEngagementCoding will be developing new work and templates from our first collaboration with the project ProFoundCoding. The group will be seeking to extend their reach by designing a series of templates and to begin evaluations of the templates in action, a call for some volunteers will be going out soon!


Plannng and Partnership event at the Touch Trust

Leah was delighted to be invited to Touch Trusts Partnership Planning day as the organisation moves forward into a new era. A new board of trustees have been appointed, Simon Carnell and Adele Gilmour from Scope have been appointed as new trustees. The day was a celebration of all things Touch Trust, and we discussed some of the ways and opportunities CARIAD might be able to collaborate with the charity as it enters into a new phase. We are delighted to be a part of such an iconic organisation and a truly special place helping individuals across Wales and the world. Looking forward to the future.