Archive for Current News

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


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

No Comments Current News

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.

27 Oct 2014

Voices Have Spoken – Advice Cafe/Reporting Centres

No Comments Current News, Voices Have Spoken

Do you find it difficult to access services you need or feel you have been treated unfairly?  Have you or someone you know suffered a hate crime and don’t know what to do about it?  ‘Voices Have Spoken’ officers can provide advice, guidance and support.

Come and join us at one of our drop-in-sessions for a cuppa and a chat.

Venue: Dyfatty Community Centre, Greenhill Road, Swansea, SA1 1QW.

Dates: Tuesdays 4th & 18th Nov, 2nd & 16th Dec.

Time: Between 10am to 11.30am

Venue: Spark Blaenymaes, 87 Broughton Avenue, SA5 5JS

Dates: 28th Oct, 11th & 25th Nov, 9th Dec

Time:  Between 10am & 11.30am

Delivered by a team of officers from Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council, Voices Have Spoken’ aims to achieve improved community cohesion by providing access to advocacy, advice and guidance service to people experiencing hate crime and discrimination on the basis of their disability, race and religion.

For more information please contact us at Swansea Bay REC:

Telephone:  01792 457035.               Email:

Follow us on Twitter: @swanseabayrec

02 Jan 2014

Happy New Year 2014

No Comments Current News

Swansea Bay REC would like to wish a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our patrons.

2013 was a year in which we achieved a lot in terms of how we behave towards each other. A positive outlook on life benefits everyone and we saw this attitude prevalent in most places that we visited. Let us try and continue to build a society which is free from harassment, bullying, intimidation, violence and discrimination especially if it is based on the ability/disability, race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation of a person.

Let 2014 be the year which gets noted for the value that we place on people and our interaction with people regardless of any of their physical traits which has placed them away from society. Each one of us needs help at some time or another and the New Year is a time to think positively about someone else who may need our help, support and encouragement.

30 Jul 2013

Community Voice – A Big Lottery Fund Initiative

No Comments Current News, Current Vacancies

Swansea Bay REC’s lead, in partnership with Ethnic Youth Support Team and African Community Centre, to tackle health inequalities through a Big Lottery Fund project has started to generate activities which is hoped to have a lasting impact.

This latest project has been masterminded by Swansea Council for Voluntary Services in combining a number of individual and consortia bids for the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Voices initiative. SBREC and its two partners are aiming to tackle black and minority ethnic communities’ section of our population in Swansea. The project is due to actively commence very shortly and the SBREC partnership is advertising to fill certain posts with people who will carry through this 3 year project. Please see the link below for information on the vacancies.