13 Dec 2016

Magistracy Recruitment Campaign 2017

No Comments Current News, Current Vacancies

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service has just launched a campaign to recruit Magistrates in 2016/17. It is a wonderful opportunity for people from different walks of life to bring their life experiences to Magistrates Benches across Wales.

“Magistracy is a voluntary commitment and requires a comprehensive understanding of how society functions as well as personal integrity amongst other qualities . Despite the common belief that it may require you to have legal qualifications, it does not”, said Mr Taha Idris, CEO of Swansea Bay REC who is a Magistrate himself. He went on to add, “there is a need for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to come forward to be considered and I would encourage them to apply if they think they have the necessary skills”.

This recruitment campaign will be open from 1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017

The leaflet attached to this post gives further details of who to contact if you wish to be considered for the position. If you have difficulties in accessing the poster please email: NWLegalAdmin@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 02920 474346. Alternatively you can access this information from their web page at: WWW.GOV.UK/become-magistrate

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08 Aug 2016

Islamaphobia Self-defense Workshops

No Comments Courses, Voices Have Spoken

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.

25 Jan 2016

Magistrates Recruitment

No Comments Current News

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service has just launched a campaign to recruit Magistrates. It is a wonderful opportunity for people from different walks of life to bring their life experiences to Magistrates Benches across Wales.

“Magistracy is a voluntary commitment and requires a comprehensive understanding of how society functions as well as personal integrity amongst other qualities . Despite the common belief that it may require you to have legal qualifications, it does not”, said Mr Taha Idris, CEO of Swansea Bay REC who is a Magistrate himself. He went on to add, “there is a need for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to come forward to be considered and I would encourage them to apply if they think they have the necessary skills”.

The leaflet attached to this post gives further details of who to contact if you wish to be considered for the position. If you have difficulties in accessing the poster please email: GSWLegalAdmin@HMCTS.GSI.GOV.UK or telephone 02920 474346

Magistrates Recruitment Flyer A5 Bil Web Direct

11 Dec 2015

New Legal Advice Provision at SBREC

No Comments Current News, Human Rights

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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Call 07845 243926 and arrange to meet us to find out how we can help you. Individuals and Groups welcome

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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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17 Feb 2015

Multi-Cultural Party in Blaen-y-Maes

No Comments Current News, Festival, Minority Ethnic Advocay Project (MEEA), Voices Have Spoken

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

11 Sep 2012

English Language Courses (ESOL)

No Comments Current News, Current Vacancies

The Workers Education Association (WEA) has received a major funding boost from the Home Office and European Funds in order for them to provide English language classes in the Swansea Bay area. They are now looking for suitable individuals who can develop their work in coordinating activities for the classes to commence forthwith. Said Elaine Topping, the area Coordinator for WEA, “We are looking for Development Workers for the European funded Regional Essential Skills Project and the Home Office funded ‘English skills for Integration and Learning’ project”. Salaries will be in the region of £21,719 to £27,112. Anyone interested should email WEA directly at hr@weasouthwales.org.uk or telephone WEA’s regional offices.

 The new project workers will supplement WEA’s capacity to offer even more English language classes in the area. Currently WEA works in close partnership with Swansea Bay REC to deliver a variety of courses, both at SBREC’s premises in Grove House, Swansea as well as WEA’s own premises in Orchard Street and other community venues.

Swansea Bay REC’s Chief Executive, Taha Idris, OBE has been complementary about the partnership that has achieved so much in the past. He has repeated called for the extension of English language provision in order to enable people to positively contribute to the society that they have made their home. SBREC are due to restart all their courses in partnership with WEA very shortly. He asked for members of the communities to contact SBREC offices (Tel: 01792 457035) as soon as possible to ensure that they can be placed on one of the courses.

10 May 2012

SBREC Receives Equality & Diversity Award

1 Comment Awards and Honours, Current News

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.

04 Jan 2012

Killers of Stephen Lawrence get life sentences

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Stephen Lawrence’s killers, who were yesterday convicted of the racist murder, have been given life sentences. The pair will now serve a minimum of 15 and 14 years respectively.

Constrained by laws in this matter, Mr Justice Treacy, in announcing his judgement, clarified that he would have considered higher minimum sentences because of the nature of the vile murder, however the sentences reflect the fact that both defendants were juveniles when they committed the offence. Consequently, Dobson will now serve a minimum of 15 years and Norris will serve a minimum of 14 years.  Two previous failed attempts to convict the pair has now been righted because of new evidence made possible by advances in forensic science. It relates to blood stains found on Dobson’s jacket and a single piece of hair belonging to Stephen Lawrence which was found on Norris’ jeans.

The trial and subsequent conviction brings a closure to one of the most hotly debated racist murders of the twentieth century. Swansea Bay REC would like to pay respects to all who campaigned so hard to bring this result. Swansea Bay REC would also like to think that the unfortunate victim of such racial hatred has left a lasting legacy which has brought about sea-changes in the attitudes of UK public sector. Everyone now knows what Institutional Racism relates to.