Archive for Current News

14 Jul 2016

National Volunteers’ Week 2016

No Comments Awards and Honours, Current News

1st – 12th June 2016 marked this year’s National Volunteers Week. The annual celebration of the day was held on Friday 3rd June, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Swansea at the Swansea Bay REC offices where volunteers were thanked for their immense contribution tot he work of Swansea Bay REC. The volunteers, in turn, shared their experiences with all staff and guests present.

The Lord Mayor awarded Volunteers Week certificates of recognition to each of the volunteers in attendance. The day was a fulfilling experience with a lot of positive feeling coming from volunteers and staff as well. Cakes and other variety of foods from around the world was shared. The day concluded with a formal ‘thank you’ from Swansea Bay REC Chair, Mr Nick Tregoning and Board Trustee, Mrs Gwenda Jones .

The staff and Trustees of SBREC would like to say a HUGE thank you once again to all volunteers who have contributed to SBREC for the last year. It has been a pleasure working alongside you all and we hope to continue working with you in the future weeks, months and years ahead.

30 Jun 2016

Life After the EU Referendum

No Comments Current News, Human Rights, Voices Have Spoken


“Stand together in ensuring that vulnerable people in our communities feel safe and secure.” Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council

Local people who have been subjected to racist abuse since the outcome of last Thursday’s referendum have been talking to Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council about what has been happening to them.

Swansea Bay REC has also been approached by others who are fearful of what will now happen in the Swansea Bay area as a direct result of a majority of this area’s population voting to come out of the EU. A major focus of unease among people, particularly those from Eastern Europe, surrounds what they see as a negative campaign by leaders of the BREXIT camp specifically directed at those who have made Swansea Bay their home in the past 10-15 years.

Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC Taha Idris, OBE JP said:

“People tell us that they have started to experience direct abuse such as “What are you still doing here, go back home” to snide remarks made in their presence about stopping all immigration.

“We are concerned that the next stage in this process could be physical assaults occurring on our streets.

“People who have made Swansea Bay their home for years need reassurance.

“We have to stand together in ensuring that vulnerable people in our communities feel safe and secure. At this time, we need local people, whether they voted REMAIN or LEAVE, to help us in ensuring that we continue to maintain our decent, tolerant society. As human beings we are all entitled to fairness, and respect whatever our differences.”

Swansea Bay REC Chair Nick Tregoning added:

“It’s clear that the great majority of people who voted for BREXIT did so for economic, and sovereignty reasons. Sadly however, a small group of racists still exist who think that the referendum result gives them permission to harass and bully people who they see as different to them. They’re wrong. It doesn’t.

“As the late Jo Cox MP said “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”

“That is why Swansea Bay REC is calling upon local people, police, councils, and local politicians of all persuasions to spread the message of unity and cohesiveness throughout our area, and to operate a zero tolerance approach to racist activity of any kind.”

If you encounter a hate incident personally or you witness any incidents of this nature please report it to the VHS Team at Swansea Bay REC. Tel: 01792 457035. Email:

If you encounter any threat, violence or physical assault or if you feel the matter is of other criminal nature please report it to the Police by telephoning 101 or 999 (for emergencies), directly and also update us with your report.

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 ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, the National Training Federation for Wales and the Welsh Government. For more information about this year’s finalists please visit their website.

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 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:

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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  • Debt & Bankruptcy

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


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.


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