Alexander is spending more time with others, doing more activities and going to more places - and it's having a real positive impact on his life!
This year we’ve helped people to understand how technology can improve their lives by organising technology events in Cardiff and Swansea. Technology providers showcased their devices and services to attendees.
Among the exhibitors was Craig, who is supported by mirus in Ystradgynlais. Craig started his YouTube channel called The Craig Jones Journey in 2019, after his Support Worker, Greg surprised him with a film documenting their trip to Disneyland Paris. He uses platform to tell people about his life and share his interests.
“Video making is a hobby that I enjoy doing. I love singing and performing, and people love to watch.”
Together with his Support Worker, Greg, Craig has filmed and edited lots of videos, and he used the event to share his videos and skills as a way to inspire others to do the same.
Craig thinks that making video content is a great way to express yourself, and wanted to encourage others to try it. He said:
“You can become anything you want. A singer, a writer, an actor, a superhero. Your imagination has no limits. It’s also a wonderful way to create memories for you, your family and friends to look back on.”
Though the process of making a video takes a long time, the reward comes in seeing the results.
“I come up with ideas, then I work with Greg to plan things out. Whether it’s a vlog or a cover song, there needs to be a bit of planning. What song to sing? What story to tell? Then we get the camera out and turn imagination into reality!”
Once they have completed filming, the two sit down together and edit the footage. They watch the clips and choose music, photos, extra videos and sound effects. All of these things create the final video.
Support Worker, Greg, already had a keen interest in videography, and he was delighted to pass some of his knowledge on to Craig. Greg said:
“Craig creates elaborate ideas, and always follows his own unique path. The time we spend together is not only fun, but it helps us to become better creative thinkers. I love seeing Craig’s reaction to the finished video.”
Craig is currently exploring the possibility of setting up his own TikTok account, but in the meantime, you can watch his videos on YouTube: http://youtube.com/@thecraigjonesjourney7663
You can read more about our impact in Powys in our 2022-23 report: