Voluntary Arts has set up a new online network to connect creatives who work with children and young people across the UK and Ireland.

We are very proud to collaborate with Miranda Ballin and YANC the Youth Arts Network Cymru at all these sessions.

Please join us on zoom to check in and chat, and support everyone working in this sector.

We are focusing on trying to uplift and support this network by focusing on what inspires us to work with the arts and children and how we can keep inspiring children and young people despite lockdown barriers. We really want this session to give you all the chance to share your challenges and celebrations of working with children and young people at this time. 

#CreativeSpark campaign

We are launching a new project called #creativespark this week. Creative spark is an initiative we’d like everyone to participate in. All you need to do is revisit, reflect and enjoy your first ever creative spark as a child for the arts and help inspire others by sharing it. Please follow our twitter handles @voluntaryarts @@YANCinfo1 and my twitter page @beth_imi  to keep up to date with all the latest news.

Your creative spark is your earliest memory of enjoying an art form. Please follow the instructions on the links to record your own creative spark message and please retweet and encourage others to take part.

You are welcome to join our next #CreativeNetwork - Children & Young People session on Monday 22 February at 6pm via the 'Join' button on our main webpage: https://www.voluntaryarts.org/creativenetwork

Three guest speakers will take part in our conversation next Monday. 

Ndidi John

Niddi John

Ndidi John is an author, scriptwriter, actor, musician, spoken word artist and wellbeing practitioner; a combination of skills which enable her to take a holistic approach to creative activism.  A seasoned storyteller, her exceptional communication skills resonate through her therapeutic stories which demonstrate her understanding of the metaphysics of life.  Her commitment to providing a better future for all has been the driving force for Academy Plus, which provides creative courses for young people, aspiring creatives and professionals who are keen to acquire new skills whilst developing their personal and professional wellbeing.  

Ndidi strives to influence the human condition by nurturing individual wellbeing, helping to create harmony and balance in the community and in turn improving society.   A local approach to developing and achieving universal human potential. 

Laura Jazmyn

Welsh singer songwriter Laura Jazmin and her mum from Tredegar will be joining us to perform her new single and chat to us about her struggles to share her music without live gigs and we will try to identify how we can try and help such artists find a platform during the pandemic.

Gemma Hicks 
We are very excited to have the amazing Gemma Hicks who is the Community Engagement Producer from Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru Wales Millennium Centre also joining us. She will be joining us to share all the inspiring events and work she’s been doing this year.

How to Join us 

This sessions are open to everyone so please share with your colleagues.

To join us simply scroll on this link and click on the Monday 22nd February join here.


Each conversation will be recorded could be featured on BBC Radio Wales during Nicola Heywood Thomas' Arts Show. Anyone that speaks will need to complete a BBC release form attached in order for their comments to be offered as content. Please note you don’t have to speak you can use the chat or you can just observe. Some excerpts of previous Creative Network sessions aired on Nicola Heywood Thomas’ BBC Radio Wales Arts in the Open Air show which aired August 28th. Click here to hear it.

A huge thank you to Miranda Ballin Chair of YANC for collaborating with us for these sessions.

Everyone's welcome!