I have been coming to TAPE since I was 12 after my teaching assistant gave me a leaflet for a taster session here at time with Afasic Cymru. From that a youth group was started which became the backstage youth club. Every Thursday I would come here and explore my creativity in a safe friendly environment. TAPE was away to escape from school and home for about 2 hours each week. Without it I might not be the man I am today. I learned communication and life skills that have seen me to where I am today. I must thank Tape for taking a huge chance with me when I asked for work experience at Tape something that Tape didn’t do. But Steve let me and on that week, I learned a little about how Tape works. Since then I returned to do a week of volunteer work after doing my GSCE exams and volunteered on Fridays after finishing my A Levels. Helping prepare for the Coastline Film Festival and testing the new VR system and exploring what can and could be done with it. TAPE also gave me the opportunity to help others by volunteering at Animation Club on Saturday mornings. It wasn’t always easy but I enjoyed my time there helping young people create small and brilliant animations, it also opened my eyes to working with young people and how fantastic and rewarding it is to see them excel. As I move on to university I want to say a huge thanks to Tape without them I don’t really know if I would be in this place now. As I move on I hope that I can continue my relationship with TAPE and that I will come back from university with more to offer to TAPE. TAPE has helped me create a dream for my future of being a filmmaker though helping me to excel I have taken a new aspiration for all things TAPE does and what I can see myself doing in the future. TAPE has given me the confidence to be myself. As I plan to create my own projects I thank TAPE for their support over the years. A heartfelt thank you cannot simply say what I want so I hope to continue giving back to TAPE with my time and effort.
A booklet produced to give a snapshot of the work of TAPE, taken from a week of delivery in November 2017.