Our learner Terry Daniel Owen from Emerge Community Arts has been nominated for the Inspire! Adult Learning Award 2023! | Adult Learning Wales

Our learner Terry Daniel Owen from Emerge Community Arts has been nominated for the Inspire! Adult Learning Award 2023!

21-April-2023
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Our learner Terry Daniel Owen from Emerge Community Arts has been nominated for the Inspire! Adult Learning Award 2023 for his hard work and achievements! Adult Learning Wales work in partnership with Emerge Community Arts to support the delivery of their learning. Anna Davies from Emerge Community Arts has proudly nominated Terry, and tells us why. . .

Anna from Emerge Community Arts said, “Terry has been learning with us for the past 5 years. In the beginning Terry had low confidence. He had limited access to work or education at the time and he came to learn with us by accident. His flat mate was in the band ‘Sound Express’ who learn with us on Fridays at Greenfield Youth and Community Centre. He came to see us perform and was inspired to join.

We have nominated Terry because he has shown tremendous commitment to learning and inspiring others to do the same. Terry’s confidence in himself has grown and he recognises that learning barriers can be overcome.

He was part of an activity where learners from Flintshire went to Holyhead to meet other Adult Learning Wales / Emerge Community Arts learners who learn online.

The two groups met up and had time together in Holyhead at the Holyhead Music Festival so this was a big event!  Not only that but the group were also performing and Terry headlined the Holyhead Music Festival with his fellow learners which was a great day for him but also for the wider community who got to see such a talented performance.

He made a point of getting on stage singing and playing harmonica and keyboard to a huge audience. He has really listened to the tutors during sessions and has put in many hours of practice to learn to sing, play harmonica and keyboard. This is a massive achievement.

Terry is so committed he even got himself a keyboard for Christmas and takes his learning in sessions and practise at home very seriously.

Terry is also actively engaged in play writing, building his literacy skills and is getting better and better at this. He takes the lead in directing others during drama sessions ensuring everyone is included. He understands that for some learners it is very difficult getting up in front of others to perform. Terry is very encouraging to his peers and helps them to find their own self confidence. He is caring and kind and we can see how much he encourages and supports other learners””

Our learner Terry said, “I listened to that music and watched the band performing on stage, and just rocked out! I knew it was something I wanted to do and started to come every Friday.

I have now performed with the band on stage at events and have learnt instruments. I do have some difficulties with my speech so I have been learning how to sing and also how to speak during the drama and acting classes.

I have loved doing the acting and have written a play which I want to perform at the end of the year. The drama has really inspired me to want to be a professional actor and I am looking at doing this in the future. I have joined a theatre company to enable me to further my learning.

Emerge has been a life line for me. During the pandemic, I was so down in the dumps, it was hard, everything was gone and I was unable to see any friends. Emerge stayed with me through the whole lockdown, providing me with on-line sessions to keep learning. We wrote songs and I was able to express myself and my feelings.

It was during this time I became really ill with covid and ended up in hospital for a week. As part of my recovery I continued to learn from home and stay in touch with my friends. I do feel more confident now, I feel much more able to go out and it is easier to make friends, talk and have conversations. I love rocking out and showing off my music skills.

My mission is to play at my old school Ty Morfa in Rhyl. I remember being at school and had a hard time with bullies but I did have a good teacher called Mr Jones. He was nice to me and I want to go back and show the staff at the school what I have achieved.

I also hope to show the young people that no matter what you're disability or illness, it is possible to achieve great things.”

We’d like to congratulate Terry for his hard work and determination and wish him well in the nominations!!


If you would like to find out more about courses at Emerge Community Arts, please contact our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator, Gaynor Hanlon.

Check out Emerge Community Arts Facebook page here!

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