Share the Love
During this challenging time, we want to help everyone keep happy and well and share love and kindness throughout Newport.
To Share the Love throughout Newport, between St Dwynwen’s Day and St Valentine’s Day we’re sending wellbeing packs to support people who are isolated to help them get creative and stay active.
Below there are lots of links which can be enjoyed by recipients of the packs but there’s also loads of fantastic ways for everyone to get involved; including some activities from some of our partners across Newport who are helping us to Share the Love.
Share the Love is a project that is being run by Newport Live's Art's and Sport's Development teams and has been made possible thanks to the donations received from our members and customers as well as funding from Sport Wales. To find about more about how you can support us and projects like these visit our Support Us page.
If you know someone who you think would benefit from receiving a wellbeing pack, please contact Sally-Anne Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONSUMERSMITH - May Love Be What You Remember Most
We’d love for you to get creative on the same theme as this painting and share with us what you create!
You could draw, write a poem, paint, rap, dance or any other way you’d like.
Please send your artwork to us or email us a copy or video to Sally-Anne Evans at Sally-Anne.Evans@newportlive.co.uk or The Riverfront, Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1HG by 12th February.
We’ll be creating a gallery of all the works for the people of Newport to enjoy.
More information about the artwork
Wellbeing and Inspirational Videos
Newport Live has digital physical activity and wellbeing sessions for various levels and abilities including;
· Low Intensity Training
· Tai Chi
Newport Live will also be running daily low intensity classes on Zoom from February.Happy & Healthy at Home Fitness Playlist
Art Club with Naz
Join Naz of Ziba Creative, who you may recognise from her craft tables at The Riverfront during Big Splash and Art on the Hill, as she shares some wonderful simple creative projects on her YouTube channel.
Watch her videos
Local theatre group Tin Shed have launched Happenus, a trilogy of socially distanced joy filled happenings. Join in and take part in Twinning, a project about making new connections that asks you to find your address twin and write them a letter.
We Can Be Together Apart / Gallwn Fod Gyda’n Gillydd Ar Wahân (2020) - Kate Mercer
Kate Mercer invites you to join her in spreading a little love and hope through people's letterboxes this lockdown. Postage paid - all you need to do is write a message to someone you can’t see in person pop it in the post! You might just make someone’s day.
"During the first lockdown I cared for my terminally ill mother - it meant I had to move away from family and friends to live with them and shield from the virus. It was tough. It made me value time spent with others more, in real life and online. I wanted to find a way to find a way of making artwork that could travel any distance to bring people together - touched by one person before being sent to another. Now I am back in Newport, I have left postcards in places for people to come upon incidentally, to take home and send. It is a joy to enable others to send messages to people who can’t see each other in person."
Kate Mercer is a visual artist living in Newport who uses a range of processes to explore ideas around memory, identity, and perception. Her work is held in private and public collections including Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales in Cardiff).
Along with fellow artist and photographer Sarah Goodey, Jenny Fallon, Jo Sutton, Kate is one of team of volunteers behind Celf Ar Y Bryn Casnewydd / Art On The Hill Newport– an open house and open studio arts trail on the west side of Newport in partnership with Cwtsh Arts Centre. She is a member of Phrame Wales and helps run #ARTSNEWYDD - promoting artists and their work from Newport and the surrounding area.Visit her website
Memories of the Transporter Bridge
Rudyard Kipling once said “if history was taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten”, personal stories are at the forefront of our interpretation plan for the Newport Transporter Bridge and we need your help.
Do you remember riding the gondola when you were a child? Did you run along the top walkway to get to a game in Coronation Park? Or maybe you used the bridge daily as a commuter or had a relative who worked on the bridge?
We want to see your photographs and hear your memories. Be a part of the history of the bridge by contacting Emma on email@example.com or follow us on social media @NpTBRidge.
Photo of Mike McNarmara and his sister Blanche in 1962.
Folk on the Footbridge
Each day hundreds of people cross the river Usk using the city footbridge. Children on their way to school, commuters, families going shopping, cyclists, runners and people meeting friends at nearby coffee shops and restaurants. The Folk on the Footbridge project wants to see your photographs, artwork, poems and personal stories linked to the river and this iconic bridge. Get in touch via social media @folkofthefootbridge on Instagram, and on Facebook.
Happy & Healthy at Home
Visit the Newport Live Happy & Healthy at Home for a range of resources to support your mental and physical wellbeing, provide entertainment and keep you connected with the arts at this difficult time.Visit the page
Ballet Cymru will be running 5 weeks of adult ballet classes online in the Welsh and English language from 22nd February until 22nd March.. For more information and to book a place please contact Louise: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of Kindness
Each day throughout February we challenge you to complete a different activity linked to kindness and wellness!
- Feed the birds - Have a go at turning some materials you have laying around the house into a bird feeder, or simply scatter some seeds in your garden.
- Register to volunteer - Volunteering doesnt have to be a big time consuming task. There are some quick and easy actions you can take that will make a big difference.
- Litter pick on your street - Make a difference by helping to keep you street and community tidy. Each small item you pick up counts.
- Plant some seeds for spring - Get your garden ready for spring and plant some beautiful flowers or tasty vegetables
- Donate unused IT equipment - if you have unused IT laying around consider donating it to a new home where it will be used.
- Donate to a food bank - Food banks are still open and accepting donations to help a family or individual in need.
- Support a local business - Local butchers and greengrocers are still open for business, or have a look online at a local business' website.
- Display a heart in your window - Share the Love by displaying a heart in your window. You could draw one, make one, display an item you already have, be as creative as you like!
- Go to bed early - there are so many reasons why going to bed that little bit earlier is good for your health and wellbeing.
- Write a gratitude list - have a think about what you are greatful for and jot them down.
- Have a long bath or shower - there are actually a lot of health benefits associated with taking time out and having a long soak!
- Declutter your bedroom - it may seem like a big task, but take some time out and declutter those boxes and cupboards you have been neglecting.
- Write a Twinning letter - find your address twin and write them a letter!
- Call someone you’ve not spoken to in a while - pick up the phone and have a catch up call with someone.
- Send a card to a friend - Spread some cheer and post a card to a friend of your choice.
- Organise a virtual quiz night - engage those brain cells and organise a quiz night. You might learn a random new fact!
- Do some Tai Chi with Deb - join Newport Live's Deb for a class on breath-work and mindfulness to support mental and physical wellbeing.
- Learn to juggle - learn a new skill to impress your friends and family with
- Do some Zumba with Mandy - join Newport Live's Mandy for a fun and easy workout with musical rhythms and tantalizing moves.
- Dance to your favourite song - put on your favourite tune and dance around your house!
- Create with Art Clwb - Join Naz of Ziba Creative and take part in one of her simple but fun craft projects
- Dance with Ballet Cymru - Learn to dance with Ballet Cymru!
- Be inspired to create some art - Create some art inspired by CONSUMERSMITH's piece May Love Be What You Remember Most
- Be part of a panto - ever wanted to be part of a panto? Well now you can, all via Zoom!
- Cook dinner for your family - why not show off your culinary skills by cooking for your family this evening
- Try a new recipe - try something new! It could be a meal or even a sweet treat, get experimenting.
- Eat 5 different fruits and vegetables - Can you eat 5 different fruits and vegetables today?
- Enjoy a yummy treat - Treat yourself, you deserve it
There are a number of organisations you can contact if you need supporting including: