AMETHYST

is a Small World Theatre project. We run workshops for young people who have experienced issues around self-harm, anxiety, depression, low confidence and low self-esteem. Amethyst also works with young people more broadly around emotional well-being.

Amethyst prioritises creating a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space. We model kindness, empathy, honesty and integrity. Using techniques from ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ such as forum theatre and image theatre, elements of Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Neuroscience, games and exercises, we promote well-being and improve mental health. We work from the onset with each group to negotiate a clear, ongoing contract involving all members.

This project is currently launching a series of short films highlighting some of the experiences of young people in West Wales over lockdown.

Amethyst during COVID-19

We continue to develop ways to support young people and carers during these challenging times. Throughout 2020-21 COVID-19 restrictions in Wales, our project workers have delivered online to groups in Cardigan and Aberystwyth. We have extended our reach and engaged with others aged 14-18 years and delivered support to parents/ guardians across West Wales.

Although we hope to be back working face to face as soon as it is safe, we are continuing online for the time being.

Inviting interest from young people and their families in 2021

We have new opportunities that we’d like to share with you. Please get in touch with the project leader, Deri Morgan, for more details or to express an interest deri@smallworld.org.uk

NEW THERAPEUTIC ART COURSES

Two groups running for ages 14 – 17 and 18 – 25 year olds
Starting 17/6/21, 11:30 – 13:00, Free. Find out more 

PARENT AND GUARDIAN SUPPORT GROUP

Immediate start

Free sessions

Immediate support for parents and guardians of young people struggling with their mental health. The Amethyst project has funding to support a new group of parents/ guardians with special sessions and topics covering self harm and substance abuse. We are also starting to plan a piece of legislative theatre around the experiences of parents/ guardians in this group.

Please do not hesitate to contact Deri deri@smallworld.org.uk

SCHOOLS during COVID-19 restrictions

AMETHYST Short Films Launch

We are launching a series of short lockdown films with the support of the Moondance Foundation. AMETHYST has created three stories highlighting some of the young people’s experiences over the past year. The films were conceived, written by and star young people we know and work with.

We are arranging that these short films are available to young people in schools and youth groups. They will be a catalyst for discussing some of the issues featured in the stories and also ways of coping and strengthening resilience. We are working on support resources to accompany the films to  help teachers/ group leaders present the material in a helpful way.   

Please get in touch to discuss showing these films to your groups of young people. Contact deri@smallworld.org.uk.

6th Form Mentoring Training

Amethyst has recently been awarded funding to work with groups of 6th formers in Ceredigion to train them in peer mentoring. We are working closely with two schools in order to deliver this programme as soon as it is safe to work within the school premises.

  • Launching June 2021

Past Amethyst Programmes

Ambassadors for Connect to Kindness

Amethyst has joined the campaign to take action and ‘Connect to Kindness’ in the communities of Ceredigion.

The five key messages are:

Kindness is for everyone – kindness is inclusive, it knows no barriers or discrimination and is for everyone
Kindness is good for you – medical research has proven that being kind and, receiving kindness has a positive physical effect on us.
Kindness connects us – it brings us together and helps us share
Kindness protects us – it has been proven that being kind and receiving kindness helps us to live longer, happier lives
Kindness is inspiring – When others are kind, we are more likely to be kind ourselves

Please find out more on the website connectceredigion.org.uk