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.

06 Jun 2016

Another Achievement for an SBREC Employee

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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 www.vqday.wales. 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.

 

21 Aug 2015

WORLD PARTY 2015 – An unmissable event

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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.