08 Aug 2016

Islamaphobia Self-defense Workshops

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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 and commence on Wednesday 24th August 2016 at our premises in Swansea. Depending on demand the workshops will be continued on a monthly basis in the future. 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: info@sbrec.org.uk. Please bear in mind that places will be limited so book it as early as possible.

30 Jun 2016

Life After the EU Referendum

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PRESS RELEASE

“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: aminur.rahman@sbrec.org.uk.

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.

11 Dec 2015

New Legal Advice Provision at SBREC

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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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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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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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17 Feb 2015

Multi-Cultural Party in Blaen-y-Maes

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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

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.

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

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