Archive for April, 2012

25 Apr 2012

Mister Wales 2012 – Arnold from Dance Group A3

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We are proud to learn that one of the newest members of our communities has been selected as Mister Wales 2012. It is an honour and a matter of pride that Arnold Matsena, 22 of Swansea has received this coveted title. It was only two years ago that Arnold with his two younger brothers, originally from Zimbabwe but now permanently resident in Wales, impressed Britain’s Got Talent Judges when their act, called A3, stormed through to the final.

A3 are a well established group of street dancers who combine modern British music and dance with that from their Zimbabwean heritage. Arnold and his brothers have also appeared in Move Like Michael Jackson where they proved the brothers have individual talent which, when put together, forms a mesmerising act. They are not new to fame having won many competitions including medals at the 2009 World Street Dance championship.

Said Swansea Bay REC’s Chief Executive, Taha Idris ” I wish to congratulate Arnold on having received the Mister Wales Accolade in 2012. Arnold has worked with SBREC in delivering Schools’ Diversity Days where his performance has enthralled all the pupils. Arnold has a great heart as well as some oratory skills and it’s been interesting to hear him give his message of hope to the pupils during our Diversity Days”

Organisers of Mister Wales had this to say about the title:

“Mister Wales is an annual competition for young Welsh men aged between 18-29. The event runs annually alongside the Miss Wales competition to generate funds for our chosen charity The Joshua Foundation.

Each year, the new titleholder wins a trip to either Manhunt International or Mister World to represent Wales on this international stage. Arnold, having won the title will also get to judge the regional heats of Miss Wales title in 2013 and may receive a number of personal appearance opportunities. He will also receive (subject to fundraising) a series of overseas trips with The Joshua Foundation including three weeks in Australia.

It’s not a body building competition – but a good body helps of course!”

Congratulations Arnold. You have not just got the talent but also the grit to be Mister Wales 2012.

17 Apr 2012

Schools’ Diversity Day

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During the past few months our team has delivered a number of diversity days for years 7 & 8 pupils in a number of schools across Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.

The ‘Diversity Days’ have incorporated a mixture of classroom based activities coupled with hands-on workshops where the pupils got involved in diverse activities ranging from Chinese ‘T’ai chi chiuan’ led by Leigh Evan to Brazilian art form of Capoera facilitated by Maxwell Freitas. The sessions were arranged in such a manner that pupils from year groups 7 or 8 were able to participate in each of the five or six activities that had been designed for them. African dancing led by a very able Nancy Buka; Turkish Belly Dancing organised by ‘Habibi’ who are one of the oldest groups of their kind in the area; Bollywood dancing facilitated by an expert dance teacher Sarita Sood and ‘Self Defence’ classes put on by Mohammad Ali Akbor were all popular. One of the most popular workshop across all schools was ‘African Drumming’ which was facilitated by Fox Kamio. All of our Workshop Leaders are experts in their field and have worked with pupils at various schools over a number of years.

During lunch, pupils were exposed to the tastes and fragrance of foods from around the world, all part of the experience that the pupils gained.

One of the more serious and thought-provoking workshops was led by Swansea City of Sanctuary and its volunteers. These workshops dealt with issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers. It was interesting to note the pupils reactions to live examples of people who had sought asylum in the UK. Indeed the amount of knowledge that the pupils had in respect of asylum seekers required some myth busting. Most pupils were udner the impression that the total number of people who sought asylum in the UK exceeded 20% of the world’s asylum seekers, the reality being that it is a small fraction of those who sought asylum came to the the UK.

Swansea Bay REC’s own expertise in all mandates of equality was passed on to pupils when they participated in a quiz dealing with equality matters. This sought to give them information about race, gender, religion/belief, age, disability and sexual orientation discrimination.

It was extremely tiring for staff from Swansea Bay REC, teachers from the schools as well as all workshop leaders who nevertheless enjoyed the experience but the amount of enthusiasm  that the pupils showed in being able to learn and enjoy at the same time made it all worthwhile.

In the academic year 2011-12, Swansea Schools which benefited from Diversity Days were: Bishop Vaughan, Cefn Hengoed, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and Pontarddulais Comprehensives. In Neath Port Talbot, Dwr y Felin, Glanafan, Cwmtawe and Dyffryn Comprehensives. SBREC is currently overwhelmed with requests from many other schools, as far afield as Bridgend to deliver the sessions. We are advising them to register their interest and as soon as we are able to secure funding for these sessions we intend to take our innovative approach to those schools.

Swansea Bay REC would like to extend its appreciation to Amina Malik who organised all of these sessions. We are also grateful to our caterers, Karen Hartnell for providing such a diverse range of cuisines for the pupils to taste. Most of all we would like to thank each one of the schools for the hard work that their staff put in to make the days so successful.

10 Apr 2012

Apologies for Lack of Website Presence for a Short Duration

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We, at SBREC, would sincerely like to apologise to all our patrons who had been unsuccessfully trying to access our website or contact us by email for the past couple of hours. This was because of a network server issue arising out of our website hosts. It would appear that, as usual, they have resolved issues very quickly and we seem to be back online now. Once again please accept our unreserved apologies.

02 Apr 2012

UK Local Elections 3rd May 2012

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SBREC would like to remind our readers about the forthcoming elections for electing Councillors in local authorities in Wales. The election takes place on Thursday 3rd May 2012. In past years it has been found that members of disadvantaged communities particularly those living in areas where economic inactive is high but also including people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are under-represented in those who actually vote political elections.

In order to cast your vote, you have to be on the registered at your respective Council. Mr Steven Phillips, the Chief Executive of Neath Port Talbot’s Electoral Registration Officer has now sent out a request to all constituents of Neath Port Talbot in order to ensure that they register their names on the Voters’ Register. “Now’s the time to make sure you can have your say in the local elections,” said Mr. Phillips, “Make sure you are registered to vote, especially if you have moved house this year. And if you want to vote by post or proxy, rather than by going to the polling station, then this is the time to sort that out too”.

The deadline to return registration form and applications to vote by post is Thursday 18 April 2012.  Those wishing to apply to vote by proxy have until 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2012. The application form can be obtained by calling your respective Council offices or by downloading it from