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We welcome our local MS to celebrate our successful funding bid

It was great to see everyone at our Creative Hub at the end of July, to celebrate our recent successful funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

We've received nearly £10,000 to continue our work to support ex-service personnel, at our base in mid-Wales. The course, ‘Working With The Hard Stuff’ provides a space for positive mental wellbeing, fellowship, focus and relaxation.

L-R: Russell George (MS), Nick Lloyd (Course Leader on the day), Mark Bailey (Change Step) and Ian Bellingham (Director, Radiate Arts)

“It was fantastic to see the positive impact Radiate Arts is having in the community, and how art plays an important role for physical and mental wellbeing. - Russell George, Member of Senedd

It was fantastic to welcome Russell George, MS for Montgomeryshire, to celebrate the funding. He met with ex-army personnel who are taking part in the course, to experience first-hand, the impact of the creative workshop.

Thank you to the course leaders, Glenn Morris and Nick Lloyd who guide the groups and share their professional expertise and advice on how to carve a sculpture from stone.

Russell George, MS for Montgomeryshire, said:

“It was fantastic to see the positive impact Radiate Arts is having in the community, and how art plays an important role for physical and mental wellbeing. The not-for-profit organisation, delivers very welcome experiences for many in the local area of Llanidloes and beyond.

“I had the pleasure in speaking with the tutor for ‘Working With The Hard Stuff’, which provides stone carving for ex-service personnel. It was clear to see how the creative and focused process helps with mindfulness and is it the perfect way to stay in the moment. I’m pleased to hear that they have secured funding to carry on with their work supporting the community here in mid-Wales – and what a peaceful and inspirational spot overlooking the Clywedog Reservoir”.

Russell George (left) and Ian Bellingham (right) at the Creative Hub which over looks the Clywedog Reservoir

Directors of Radiate Arts, Pam Gordon and Ian Bellingham said:

“We are thrilled to have received funding. Thank you to The Lottery Community Fund for supporting our creative workshops which generates positive impact within the community. With this fund, we can continue to run our weekly sessions and carry on delivering this service to those who need it."

"Thank you to Russell George for taking his time to meet our team, speaking with each person involved. It was great to have a conversation around our vision and ways to promote wider leisure and tourism at the ‘Source of the River Severn’ here at in mid-Wales. We are excited to continue ‘Working With The Hard Stuff’ as we continue to support the needs of those in our community”.

Russell also took time to speak with the local Rotary Club, who support our workshops by providing transport for some of the participants. The Rotary Passport Powys Hub, play a big role in the Llanidloes community, and we are proud to work alongside them.

Our resident artist, Amy Sterly, presented one of her prints to Russell George, which depicts the Clywedog Dam.


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