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A group of people writing messages of hope on canvases at Barry IslandPainted rocks with messages written on them

On the 29th of July 2023, Messages of Hope hosted a transformative collaborative art project at Barry Island, which turned out to be a resounding success. The event saw an overwhelming outpouring of support, with over 200 heartfelt messages collected and countless inspiring and empowering conversations shared. People of all ages, from children to adults, left their marks on pre-prepared canvases, filling them with messages of hope and encouragement.

Beyond the canvases, attendees had the opportunity to write their messages on pebbles, adding a unique touch to the project. A dedicated colouring station provided a space for mindfulness and creativity, allowing participants to take a peaceful break and express their hopes through art.

We are immensely grateful to everyone who supported and participated in this campaign. Your contributions have created a tapestry of hope that we are excited to share with the broader community. You can view the finished canvases at the Barry YMCA in The Vale of Glamorgan, a testament to the collective spirit of hope and resilience.

Bethan Evans standing in front of the full canvases at the Barry YMCA

Life is a journey and everyone’s different. No matter how many times you fall please get back up. You don’t know what the future will bring or what's around the corner for you. Just take one step at a time no matter how small that is, even if it's a wrong turn or backwards just keep going. Lots of love from a survivor.

- Anonymous -

I am so proud of you for getting through everything that had lead you to this moment.

- Anonymous -

Even on your darkest days, there is always hope. You are your unique self, there is no one in the world like you, or ever will be. One day, someone will need you, let them have that chance.

- Anonymous -