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.

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.


CAMBRIDGE SOLICITORS LLP Cambridge-Solicitors-Logo

(as seen on Channel S, NTV, Rishtey, Geo TV, Jung & Bangla Kagoj)

FREE initial consultation & competitive fees.

  •  Immigration
  • Residential & Commercial Property
  • Leases
  • Business Partnership Agreements
  • Family & Child matters
  • Wills & Power of Attorney
  • Court Representation
  • Personal Injury & Medical Negligence
  • Debt & Bankruptcy

Branch office Swansea 01792 293884 at Upper floor Offices 9A Dillwyn St SA1 4AE (above Uplands Computers)

Head office Birmingham 0121 690 2020 756 Warwick Rd, Tyseley B11 2HG

Email: www.cambridgesolicitorsllp.com

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.


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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21 Apr 2015

Recruitment Opportunity with South Wales Police

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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.

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

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

23 May 2013

Woolwich Machete Attack

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We are appalled to have witnessed the murder of an innocent man in Woolwich last night. Said Taha Idris, the Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC, “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victim. It is an appalling act that we do not expect to see on our streets in the UK and I wish to join millions of other people who condemn this act in the strongest terms.”

It has now transpired that the victim, a man in his twenties, was a serving member of the armed forces. According to witnesses accounts he is believed to have been hit by a car in a busy area of Woolwich outside the army barracks. He was then subjected to an attack by two men possessing various weapons including a machete and a handgun.  Two men are believed to have been shot at the scene by the armed response unit from Metropolitan Police. They are now under arrest in a London hospital.

Following the incident there have been, what is believed to be racist attacks on mosques, one in Gillingham and one in Essex.

Mr Idris has appealed for people to be on the look out to discourage rogue elements of society from embarking on a journey of repercussions against innocent people. “This is one of those times when we have to show the strength of our mutual trust that we have generated over the years in our area”, he said.


22 Jan 2013

Free English Language Classes at Swansea University

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This is a guest post from Peter Neville. Peter is in charge of teacher training at ELTS Swansea University.  You can connect with him on Twitter and via his blog.

Free English Language support classes
Thursday 24th January to Thursday 21st March 2013 (THURSDAYS ONLY)
Swansea University – Taliesin Extension Building

ELTS, the department of Swansea University which supports overseas students and provides training for people to be English Language teachers, is again running its popular free English Language support classes from 24th January until the 21st March. The classes are run informally, so there is no registration or forms to fill out, and participants can attend as many, or as few classes as they wish. If participants come to most of the classes, we will issue an attendance certificate.

On this occasion, we are funded to reimburse (in cash) daily bus travel within Swansea (we need to see the ticket or pass).
These free classes are provided for any non-native speaker at pre-intermediate level and upper intermediate level, or above. There are two separate classes, running at the same time. Pre-intermediate students have a basic ability to communicate and understand, but can make much improvement in all areas. Upper-intermediate students have an effective command of English, but this is not perfect, and vocabulary can be extended, grammar fine-tuned and speaking and listening ability can be consolidated.

The teachers taking the classes are all full time Masters students at the university, but will always be monitored by experienced lecturers from ELTS.
Joining the class will give valuable practice in English, and will introduce participants to the wider community of English Language learners in Swansea. And, it’s all free!

You can see a flyer at http://tinyurl.com/Jan2013freeclasses
Or you can email p.l.neville@swansea.ac.uk for more specific information.

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20 Dec 2012

Season’s Greetings

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We, at SBREC, take pride in being able to celebrate all festivals contributing to the rich mix of cultures, religions and values that people within our area hold dear to them. As it is Christmas time now, we are delighted to wish you all a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!


We pray that you have a peaceful time both here and in other parts of the world which have yet to see some stability, security and peace.

~ Your Team at Swansea Bay REC

*Please note that Swansea Bay REC will be closed from 12noon on Monday 24th December 2012 until Tuesday 1st January 2012. We will be open for business on Wednesday 2nd January 2012