Archive for Current News

06 Jun 2016

Another Achievement for an SBREC Employee

No Comments Awards and Honours, Current News

The VQ Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and employers who have achieved notable success thanks to technical, practical and vocational qualifications.

The VQ Awards (7 June) and VQ Day (8 June) raise the status of technical, practical and vocational learning.  They are organised in Wales by ColegyCymru / CollegesWales, the National Training Federation for Wales and the Welsh Government.

Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council (SBREC) is delighted that one of our members of staff has been selected as a finalist at the VQ Awards. The winner will be selected at the Award Ceremony which is going to be held on 7 June 2016 at St David’s Hotel & Spa, Cardiff.

On the night of the Award a short film of me will be shown. This will also be available on the VQ Day website www.vqday.wales. It is a prestigious award and as such highlights the efforts made by the student, her tutor from Gower College, Swansea and the support that was provided in the workplace to the nominee by SBREC.

Here is an excerpt of a statement given by Dorota who works as the Volunteer Coordinator for the VHS Team at SBREC:

I am Dorota Orzeszek. I have worked for Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council (SBREC) since 2013. When I came to Swansea and discovered that my qualification in “Teaching Education Facility” specialising in social work degree from Poland was not recognised in the UK, I commenced English lessons at Gower College Swansea to improve my language skills. After completing Entry 3, I decided to apply for various roles, eventually volunteering at SBREC. Now an SBREC employee, I help others facing discrimination, and other issues relating to the six mandates and nine protected characteristics of equality. Having completed a Level 3 and 4 QCF in Advice and Guidance as an SBREC employee, my dreams of becoming a social worker are also in sight again as I am seriously considering entering higher level education at Swansea University and plan, one day, to complete a PhD.

 

25 Jan 2016

Magistrates Recruitment

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Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service has just launched a campaign to recruit Magistrates. It is a wonderful opportunity for people from different walks of life to bring their life experiences to Magistrates Benches across Wales.

“Magistracy is a voluntary commitment and requires a comprehensive understanding of how society functions as well as personal integrity amongst other qualities . Despite the common belief that it may require you to have legal qualifications, it does not”, said Mr Taha Idris, CEO of Swansea Bay REC who is a Magistrate himself. He went on to add, “there is a need for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to come forward to be considered and I would encourage them to apply if they think they have the necessary skills”.

The leaflet attached to this post gives further details of who to contact if you wish to be considered for the position. If you have difficulties in accessing the poster please email: GSWLegalAdmin@HMCTS.GSI.GOV.UK or telephone 02920 474346

Magistrates Recruitment Flyer A5 Bil Web Direct

11 Dec 2015

New Legal Advice Provision at SBREC

No Comments Current News, Human Rights

Swansea Bay REC is pleased to announce a new legal advice surgery at its premises in 101 Mansel Street, Swansea SA1 5UE on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

One of the Partners of Cambridge Solicitors LLP, Mrs Famida Ahmed, after a meeting with Mr Taha Idris, OBE, Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC, announced the initiative which will see half an hour’s legal advice being offered free of charge to those wishing to avail of this. Appointments for this can be booked by calling Swansea Bay REC offices on 01792 457035 (email: info@sbrec.org.uk)

Mr Idris went to say, “this has been made possible by our partnership with Cambridge Solicitors LLP of Birmingham who have recently opened up their own offices in Dillwyn Street, Swansea.”

A wide range of services will be offered by Cambridge Solicitors legal team. For details of these please see below.

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Branch office Swansea 01792 293884 at Upper floor Offices 9A Dillwyn St SA1 4AE (above Uplands Computers)

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Email: www.cambridgesolicitorsllp.com

Call 07845 243926 and arrange to meet us to find out how we can help you. Individuals and Groups welcome

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Please note that Cambridge Solicitors are completely independent of Swansea Bay REC and we do not take any responsibilities for their acts and/or omissions when they are providing advice or information to clients whilst in SBREC premises.

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21 Aug 2015

WORLD PARTY 2015 – An unmissable event

No Comments Current News, Holidays, World Party Events

The 2015 World Party Event kicks off in the heart of Swansea city centre  in Castle Square, Swansea at 11am on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

The World Party has become an inherent part of Swansea’s cultural scene since its recommencement 5 years ago. For the last two years it has been held in Castle Square in order to provide a  better opportunity for visitors to Swansea City Centre to participate. The event is organised by the City & County of Swansea Council’s Leisure department in partnership with Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council (SBREC).

A large number of community organisations participate in the event adding a new community group every year where the groups are given the opportunity to share their culture, heritage and cuisine with the visitors to the event.

 

05 Jun 2015

Myanmar – the human suffering continues …

No Comments Current News, Human Rights

We keep hearing of human suffering in the region of Myanmar which has seen people from Rohingyan ethnic origins try to flee what they have seen as persecution from the indigenous communities.

Videos and photographs abound of the types of atrocities that can only be described as inhuman. We wish to express our solidarity with the people who suffer human rights violations wherever they may be. More specifically, we would wish to offer support to members of our communities who may have links with the Rohingya communities in Myanmar.

We wish to ask the Myanmar Government and other neighbouring nations such as Bangladesh and India to do something positive to alleviate the suffering of these people. In this regard it is also about time that our own politicians, who have international remit, to turn their attention to the suffering of these people.

 

21 Apr 2015

Recruitment Opportunity with South Wales Police

No Comments Current News, Current Vacancies

**** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED ****

South Wales Police in partnership with Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council  held a recruitment workshop on Thursday 23rd April from 6.30pm-8.00pm in Swansea University, Fulton House, Room West SA2 8PP

These workshops provided an opportunity for participants to understand the recruitment process, speak to PCSO’s about the role, and ask questions they had about South Wales Police as an employer. Please see further details by clicking on the link given below:

PCSO Event Leaflet – Swansea (English)

Applications will be received by South Wales Police from Monday 27th April,  closing date for applications is Monday 11th May 2015.

17 Feb 2015

Multi-Cultural Party in Blaen-y-Maes

No Comments Current News, Festival, Minority Ethnic Advocay Project (MEEA), Voices Have Spoken

On March 3rd 2015, Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council are holding a multi-cultural party in the SPARK Centre on Broughton Avenue, Blaen-y-Maes to celebrate the diversity of our city.  Anyone from the local community is welcome to come and join us.

In partnership with  the SPARK Centre and SANDS Cymru, we are putting on various activities and events between 11.00am – 3.00pm, including food tasting, crafts, cooking demonstrations and henna painting.

The event has been organised with the ethos of developing community cohesion and, at the same time ensuring that people are aware of the issues faced by individual’s different characteristics. In this regard, we have sought the involvement of  Primary school.

Event-Flyer-Spark-3rd-March--WebIn the afternoon, year 6 children from Blaen-y-Maes Primary School will join us for workshops, craft making and cooking.

This event is being co-ordinated by our ‘Voices Have Spoken’ (VHS) team and the ‘Minority Ethnic Elders Advocacy’ (MEEA) team. The VHS project is tasked with dealing with hate crime and hate incident issues relating to race, religion or disability and the MEEA project, on a Wales wide basis, deals with advocating for minority ethnic people who are over 50 years of age and who find it difficult to represent themselves in many common life situations.

Said Taha Idris, OBE, JP, Chief Executive of SBREC, “We are aware that Blaenymaes is a very close knit community and a vast number of ethnicities of people live there. We are also aware that Blaenymaes, even though within a few miles of the Swansea City centre, has remained a very self contained and isolated community. Often people find it difficult to come into the city centre. It is for this reason that we are taking the project to those members of the communities and make them aware of the diversity that exists within the area.”

For more information please contact the Chief Executive at Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council on 01792 457035 or The Spark Centre on 01792 585538

15 Dec 2014

Advice Cafe

No Comments Current News, Minority Ethnic Advocay Project (MEEA), Voices Have Spoken

A series of Advice Cafes have been organised by Swansea Bay REC teams dealing with hate crime/incidents and elder advocacy projects. The advice cafes will be staffed by officers from our Voices Have Spoken (VHS) team and the Minority Ethnic Elders Advocacy (MEEA) Team. Please see the PDF document on the link provided to read more about this new initiative from Swansea Bay REC staff which takes our services to the heart of the community in venues across the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea areas.

Advice Cafe – Swansea

Advice Cafe – Neath Port Talbot

10 Nov 2014

Minority Ethnic Elders (MEE) Project

No Comments Current News, Minority Ethnic Advocay Project (MEEA)

“Helping ethnic minority elders to say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need” – these are the ethos of this new project being delivered in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

The MEEA project is an all Wales project funded by the Big lottery Fund for 3 years under Advantage Funding, based in various locations including Swansea. During this time Swansea Bay REC’s part of the project aims to carry out: Advocacy on behalf of ‘Ethnic Minority Elders’ (MEE) on a variety of issues.

For further information please visit the link given below:

MEEA – Minority-ethnic-elders-advocacy-project

05 Nov 2014

A New Debate on EU Migrants

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A recent report published by University College London suggests that new EU migrants have contributed almost £5 billions to the UK economy between 2004 and 2011. The report suggests that after taking into account costs of all public services, including those that increase with additional migrants coming into the country such as health and education as well as fixed costs such as the armed forces.

It is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind in recent years and which looks at a wide time span of 7 years. A fuller account of this study can be found on the BBC website. The study has fuelled another debate on the merits or otherwise of allowing EU migrants arriving in the UK especially since the joining of Assession or A10 countries to the EU in 2004. It adds to the political wrangling over migration becoming a central issue for the UK Parliamentary elections due in 2015.

Our view is that there may be much more pressing issues for political parties to argue about and satisfy the electorate on, in respect of problems faced by society at home and abroad than to argue over migration which is very small in the scheme of things so long as it is legally justified.