27 Oct 2014

Voices Have Spoken – Advice Cafe/Reporting Centres

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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:  info@sbrec.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @swanseabayrec

10 May 2012

SBREC Receives Equality & Diversity Award

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Bonymaen Community Partnership held its AGM and Awards Evening on 9th May 2012 at Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School in Swansea. As part of the event, The Deputy Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea Councillor Dennis James presented Community Champions Certificates to acknowledge the hard work and achievements by individuals and organisations for the benefit of the Bonymaen community. Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council was recognised for helping mainstream equality and diversity in Bonymaen. Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC, Taha Idris, OBE, JP received the Equality & Diversity Award on behalf of the organisation.

There were a number of other dignitaries from School Governors to Community Group Leaders as well as key Community Volunteers present at the Ceremony. There were performances from the school Choir, Drummers, Soloists as well as Bonymaen’s very own ‘Only Women Aloud’ Ladies Choir.

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.

16 Dec 2011

Medical Consultant Awarded 4,5M Pounds in Discrimination Case

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At a Leeds Employment Tribunal, history has been made. A medical Consultant who was proved to have suffered sex and race discrimination has been awarded compensation in the region of £4.5million. It is believed to be the largest sum awarded in a discrimination case in the UK.

Dr Eva Michalak, an obstetrician of Polish origins, suffered racial harassment and discrimination whilst she was away on maternity leave. The case goes back to 2003 when Dr Michalak was seven months pregnant. She was subjected to a barrage of racist bullying with false accusations of her behaviour towards her colleagues.  She was finally suspended in 2006 and dismissed from her post in 2008. During the course of her treatment, by colleagues at the Pontefract General Infirmary in Leeds, her competency was questioned because of her Polish origins and her medical training in Poland.

The award is said to reflect the fact that her suffering throughout the years has left Dr Michalak with no hope in the future of regaining her confidence to practice medicine. The Tribunal in its report concluded that  “It is right that in this case we are positively outraged at the way this employer has behaved.”

Swansea Bay REC Chief Executive’s views: 

It must be noted by employers, particularly from the public sector, that the provisions of Equality Act 2010 is wholly implemented within each of their organisations and this must be in practical terms not just as a paper exercise. Failure to do so may result in such cases being reported, followed up and awards of compensation such as this, in our area and beyond.

09 Feb 2011

Welcome

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Hello and welcome to the newly refurbished pages of Swansea Bay REC. As you look at these pages, please bear in mind that the organisation, which was set up in 1983 and has continued to work towards racial justice for all these years, will be undergoing substantial changes in the course of the next few months. All the information provided on this site corresponds to our local situation and its implications on equality. We have of course seen a number of attempts, in recent years, by far right wing organisations to impose their will on the people of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. Each time their attempts have been unsuccessful.

We have recently learnt about leafleting by an organisation in the Gorseinon area of Swansea, which is quoted as having been distasteful, by some residents who had received the leaflet. We keep emphasizing the need to be vigilant of extremist views wherever they might perpetuate a feeling of unease. As we approach the local authority elections in May 2011 we will see a lot more activities by far right wing organisations. Most of them will try to attempt to persuade you that they are just looking after YOUR interests. Please look at each and every opinion with objectivity and with the correct information to hand. Often you will find that the ‘illusion behind the reality is an illusion itself’ which is a very apt quote that we picked up from an unknown source. Enjoy your visit to this site, but more so than that please take away information on local needs, aspirations and realities.

Taha Idris, OBE, JP
Chief Executive