Technical Resource for Training and Community Events 2014-2015

In June 2014 Mess Up The Mess received funding to set up the ‘Technical Resource for Training and Community Events (TRTCE)’ project. This project provides technical theatre equipment for young people in the local community of Ammanford and surrounding areas to take part in accredited training and local volunteering opportunities as well as ‘on the job’ work experience at community events.

The project was kicked off with a training program ‘Techin it Live’ where young people took part in taster workshops in a wide range of technical theatre aspects including lighting, sound, stage management, design and costume. The young people then specialised in their chosen technical theatre aspect and took part in an intensive technical theatre training week run by professional artists culminated in a staged version of a theatre production and have achieved a formal qualification.

The Newly trained local volunteers, supported by Mess Up The Mess staff are now able to provide technical theatre support kits to local groups and community halls and community events. The equipment includes portable theatre lighting and sound equipment, equipment to support props and costume design and manufacture, staging equipment and digital media production equipment.

Local groups and halls are also able to hire the professional equipment, with support provided by MUTM young volunteers, to raise the quality of the events they deliver. The equipment and know-how provided by the resource will enhance community events.

The Youth Training and Engagement Project (YTEP) runs alongside TRTCE. Jay the Youth Training and Engagement Coordinator heads up this project supporting young people participate in a wide range of training and volunteering activities.

YTEP addresses the needs of young people in the Amman Valley and Carmarthenshire by reaching out to them through free training and youth events and activities. Young people will benefit from increased volunteering opportunities, building their skills and providing qualifications through accredited, fun and practical training.

The wider communities of the Amman Valley and Carmarthenshire will benefit through the greater participation of young people in community life, leading to greater interaction between generations and the breaking down of perceived barriers. The skills and enthusiasm of the YTEP participants will be put to positive and practical use, helping to build stronger and more resilient communities for the future.