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How cultural organisations in Swansea helped develop people's employment skills and find work

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13 June 2016
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The Swansea Pioneer Area was the first of its kind and is led by the local authority, in partnership with the National Waterfront Museum. It has brought together a range of over 50 partner organisations from across the city. This includes local authority and independent cultural providers such as the Taliesin Arts Centre, the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Museum and many others. 

One partner is LOCWS International, an established Swansea-based artist-led charity which has as a direct result of its membership of the Pioneer Area developed a Creative Participation Programme, securing funding from the Arts Council. 

The project specifically supports people from CF Areas to develop confidence and skills through film making. Participants develop their own ideas for the film and are supported and guided through the whole process. Through working with CF teams, Locws identified and engaged with 25 people who have developed technical and vocational skills, built confidence and in many cases gained accreditation through Agored. The four groups are of various age ranges, mainly consisting of young people and adults. 

A documentary film has been created to track the participants through the project and plans are being made for a presentation event. LOCWS is developing the programme, rolling out training to more participants in 2016 and providing progression for the current cohort.