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23 May 2017

Manchester Terror Attack

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the heinous attack on young children and others who were at the Manchester Arena last night. It must be regarded as a black day in the UK as dozens of people have been targeted to the vile philosophy that the attackers possessed. We must all be united in condemning this killing and maiming of innocent young people, in every way we can express it.

No one expects to lose someone close to them in such a manner but clearly this has happened and has affected the whole nation. We must realise that anyone who contemplates such horrible acts cannot be acting under life philosophies that we, as common human beings, strive to live through.

People of Manchester and those who have lost a loved one – the whole of Britain and beyond stands with you in mourning!

Britain is a resilient nation and we will rise from this attack on us all, even stronger as a nation. An attack to kill or injure even one person in the Arena last night was an attack on the whole of mankind.

05 Oct 2016

Self Defence Workshops at SBREC

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Following on from the success of the last session that we ran at SBREC, we are pleased to announce that self defence workshops will now become a regular feature at SBREC once a month, commencing 26th October 2016.

Given the rise in Islamophobic rhetoric and, sometimes verbal and physical attacks, our clients have encountered especially in recent months, Swansea Bay REC has partnered with a local self-defense trainer, M Ali Akbor to provide a workshop of practical advice and training on how to protect yourself against attacks which may from time to time happen.

The sessions will be targeted separately for men and women at our premises in Swansea.

Said the Chief Executive, Taha Idris, “this is just another example of Swansea Bay REC rising to the challenge of providing practical support to those in our communities who feel vulnerable and need the confidence to get out of difficult situations without becoming part of the problem themselves”.

If you are interested in taking part in the sessions please contact SBREC staff by telephone on 01792 457035 or email: Please bear in mind that places will be limited so book it as early as possible.

19 Aug 2015

MEEA Project’s Over 50s Consultation Event

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Swansea Bay REC’s Minority Ethnic Elder’s Advocacy (MEEA) Project organised a very successful event this morning involving its beneficiaries. _MTI5277-Small-web The event was aimed at seeking views from people over the age of 50 from black and minority ethnic communities about their
perceptions, experiences and views on issues affecting older people such as age friendly communities, opportunities for learning and employment and loneliness/isolation. These views will form part of the Swansea Council’s response to the Welsh Government’s ‘Ageing Wales Plan’.

The event was also used to assess equality issues such as hate crime, staff training and access to services for the Council’s Strategic Equality Plan.

The event was addressed by members of the Swansea Council’s Chief Executive’s Department.

The MEEA Project is a Wales-wide project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and operates within the four RECs/REN in Wales. Swansea Bay REC, as part of the Welsh Equality Group (WEG) consortium of all Equality Councils in Wales has a MEEA Advice Worker, Rebecca Heslop, based in Swansea serving the local authority boundaries of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.


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19 Feb 2015

Chinese New Year 2015

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We would like to wish members of our Chinese communities in Swansea Bay and around the world with the traditional greetings of “Kung Hei Fat Choi” – Happy New Year

Today marks the first day of Chinese New Year – this year being the Year of the Goat/Sheep.

According to Chinese astrology each year is marked with a zodiac sign, there being 12 of them.  This year is just as auspicious as any other but the main characteristics of this year in terms of astrology are given below:

Lucky Colors: brown, red, purple

Lucky Numbers: 2, 7

Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose

Year of Birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

23 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas

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We would like to wish all our patrons, partners and service users a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014.

May all your wishes and dreams come true in the spirit of this ‘season of goodwill to all mankind’!

SBREC Will be closed from:

Tuesday 24th December 12.00pm and re-open on 2nd January 2014

03 Jul 2012

Swansea’s World Party 2012 – a Resounding Success

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Sunday 1st July started with a big bang in Singleton Park, Swansea where City & County of Swansea, in partnership with Swansea Bay REC,  delivered the World Party Event for the fourth consecutive year.

The event proved a success with visitors coming from as far afield as Swindon and Birmingham. More importantly, it was an opportunity for the citizens of Swansea to witness a multicultural meeting of minds where community organisations showcased culture and traditions within a group of marquees surrounding the field in a semi circle. The centre of attention was the main stage which featured local, national and international artists. The headline artists were the Asian phenomenon, The Stranger Family who delivered a blistering performance. The five member group were mobbed by young fans who sang along to their songs.

A talented group of local young people, A3 who became a national phenomenon on Britain’s Got Talents in 2010 also delivered street dance routines which defied belief. Arnold Matsena, the oldest of three brothers who are collectively known as A3, also has the distinction of becoming Mr Wales 2012. The young men came to live in Wales from Zimbabwe a few years ago and have adopted Wales as their home.

The World Party Event has become an annual event since it commenced in 2009. In past years it has been held outside the National Waterfront Museum. This year it moved to one of the nicest parks in the area. The event featured the best that each community could showcase in terms of culture and traditions. Dedicated marquees showcased each of the communities from around the globe with a common theme of a united and integrated Swansea. Community groups were also able to deliver perfromances on stage whioch ranged from a traditional Chinese dance to Capoeira from Barzil. Indian Bollywood dances were performed by pupils from a local primary school who had been coached by Sarita Sood, a locally resident Bollywood and classical Indian dance tutor.

The event had the honour of hosting His Excellency, the Ambassador of Indonesia to the UK. He took time from his busy schedule to come along from London to support the Indonesian marquee. He was met by the Lord Mayor of Swansea. The Ambassador was very complimentary of the efforts being made in Swansea in respect of showcasing traditional cultures from around the world and which are now part of the traditions of Swansea.

Pictures of this event will soon be featured in our pictures’ galleries on this website.

14 Jun 2012

Aberavon Beach Festival Multicultural Marquee

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Saturday 7th July will see the return of the Multicultural Marquee at Aberavon Beach Festival. This has become an annual event facilitated by Neath Port Talbot (NPT) Tigers in partnership with New Sandfields Association (NSA) and Swansea Bay REC. The event attracts thousands of people from various parts of the County.

The multicultural marquee gives an opportunity to local people from black and minority ethnic communities to participate in a colourful event and share customs, practices and values with all residents of the area. Last year’s success of the multicultural marquee prompted NSA to approach the Tigers to carry on with the good work that they had done.
The event this year will attract many local artists and stalls to enthral the communities again.

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.