The Land at Plas Madoc and Their Rap
During the Covid-19 pandemic, The Land, Plas Madoc have devised new ways to connect with young people across the estate and facilitate creative output. Playworkers from The Land have been making palette furniture for residents, moving all their social events online and conducting online quizzes to bring the community together. The Land recently collaborated with Community Music Wales to bring experienced musicians, Martin Daws and Owen Mclean, and young people to write a rap song about their local area.
The sessions, which have been running since March 2020, have enabled the young people to express their thoughts and ideas through music, and provide a virtual creative output during the pandemic.
“This Is Our Land”
The rap is titled “This Is Our Land” and is a show of hands to the playworkers and facilitators. The composers express how the playworkers and facilitators have brought everyone together during this difficult time. Although closed since March, The Land Adventure Playground has continued to support the young people of Plas Madoc. The Playworkers continue to play a large part in young people’s lives.
Owen Mclean, AKA A Gent Orange, is a creative rhythmic poet and songwriter. He’s on a mission to spread love peace and positivity from Wales. Martin Daws is a spoken word poet, writer and creative educator. Previously he was the Young People’s Laureate for Wales. He also tours with the band BARDD with Welsh Beatboxer and live looping artist Mr Phormula.
A Positive Contribution
Talking about his experience with the young people, Martin Daws said: “Being welcomed into the AVOW community and supported to make a positive contribution to the great work already happening there has been a really special experience which I treasure. Thank you to everyone.
“The young people will continue to work on their single until 2021 when Martin and Owen join us again to record the single and an accompanying music video. The single will release in 2021 with a live performance when events recommence in the new year.”
AVOW would also like to let you know about two online events happening in February. The first on Tuesday, 9th is the “Safer Internet Day 2021”. “Creating a Healthier Wales Digital Conference” will be held on Monday, 25th and will start at noon.
AVOW connects voluntary and community organisations and activities in Wrexham. Furthermore, it coordinates advice, information, financial and community development support services for charities and community groups. To that end, AVOW can easily signpost individuals to appropriate sources of support. They also deliver high-quality services to carers, citizens with particular needs and those seeking employment.
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