18 May 2017

The Passing Away of a Welsh Legend, Rhodri Morgan

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It is with sadness that we learnt about the unexpected death of former First Minister of Wales, Hywel Rhodri Morgan.

Rhodri Morgan, as he is commonly known, had been the Welsh Assembly Member for Cardiff West and the First Minister for Wales from 1999 until 2011. He also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff West from 1987 until 2001.  After his retirement from front line politics, he became the Chancellor for Swansea University.

Rhodri leaves a gap in the infrastructure of Welsh life after his sad departure and we at SBREC wish to send our condolences to his family. He will be missed in many spheres of Welsh life including his great Chancellorship of Swansea University.

Rest in Peace Rhodri!

13 Dec 2016

Magistracy Recruitment Campaign 2017

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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

magistrates-recruitment-2017

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.

 

25 Jan 2016

Magistrates Recruitment

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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

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

10 Nov 2014

Minority Ethnic Elders (MEE) Project

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“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

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.

25 Oct 2011

The Bevan Foundation Annual Meeting

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The Bevan Foundation held an evening of Culture, Community and Celebration to mark 10 years of the Bevan Foundation on Friday 21st October 2011 at Ebbw Vale. This was to celebrate 10 years of existence of the Bevan Foundation which has continued to contribute to many major political debates on issues affecting the people of Wales.

The gathering (shown in the picture) were treated to a stimulating lecture by the prominent local historian, Dai Davies on the topic of ‘The Dream of Aneurin Bevan’. The audience appreciated an insight into what Aneurin Bevan’s ethos had been even when creating the landmark National Health Service (NHS). Dai Davies argued that the provision of free health care was in Bevan’s view simply an element of allowing people to live a full life, and thus contribute to the growth of a happy and healthy society by freeing people from their health worries.

Prior to the celebrations, the Bevan Foundation held a well attended Annual General Meeting at which the Trustees presented a report on what the Foundation had done over the previous twelve months. A number of new Trustees were also elected to serve on the Foundation’s Governing Body.

05 Mar 2011

Welsh Referendum 2011

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On Friday, 4th March 2011, the Welsh electorate has given a resounding ‘Yes’ to a referendum which asked them whether the devolved Welsh Assembly Government should have primary law making powers in the 20 major areas of devolved responsibility. These policy areas, such as health, education, the environment and transport, are where currently any laws which affect Wales have to be rubber-stamped by the MPs in the House of Commons before it becomes law. Whilst the referendum took place on Thursday 3rd March 2011, the results were announced on Friday.

Supporters for a ‘Yes’ campaign, which included all the major political parties in Wales, have felt that the extra step of MPs’ approval has been an unnecessary burden. The ‘No’ campaigners have on the other hand felt that there was a need for a second house to verify any laws passed in Wales before they are applied to Wales. It has become apparent throughout the period of canvassing that the ‘No’ campaigners have sought to question the capability of the devolved government in respect of governing itself.

National Assembly for Wales was formed after a major referendum in 1997 which asked the people of Wales whether there should be a publicly elected body in Wales which should look after Welsh affairs exclusively under the guidance of central government in London. At the time 50.3% of the people of Wales narrowly voted ‘Yes’ and 49.7% voted ‘No’ to the proposal.The turnout for the 1997 referendum was 50.1%.

The 2011 referendum saw a dramatic drop in the turnout of voters, down to 35.4% of all voters. Political commentators are pointing to the fact that this low turnout is as a result of voter apathy and ought to be addressed by the politicians. A county-by-county analysis is given below for the 2011 referendum:

 

  1. Authority

  2. Blaenau Gwent
  1. Yes votes

  2. 11,869
  1. % Yes

  2. 68.9
  1. No votes

  2. 5,366
  1. % No

  2. 31.1
  1. Turnout

  2. 32%
  1. Bridgend
  1. 25,063
  1. 68.1
  1. 11,736
  1. 31.9
  1. 35.4%
  1. Caerphilly
  1. 28,431
  1. 64.3
  1. 15,751
  1. 35.7
  1. 34.5%
  1. Cardiff
  1. 53,427
  1. 61.4
  1. 33,606
  1. 38.6
  1. 34.9%
  1. Carmarthenshire
  1. 42,979
  1. 70.8
  1. 17,712
  1. 29.2
  1. 44%
  1. Ceredigion
  1. 16,505
  1. 66.2
  1. 8,412
  1. 33.8
  1. 43.8%
  1. Conwy
  1. 18,368
  1. 59.7
  1. 12,390
  1. 40.3
  1. 33.5%
  1. Denbighshire
  1. 15,793
  1. 61.8
  1. 9,742
  1. 38.2
  1. 34.1%
  1. Flintshire
  1. 21,119
  1. 62.1
  1. 12,913
  1. 37.9
  1. 29.2%
  1. Gwynedd
  1. 28,200
  1. 76
  1. 8,891
  1. 24
  1. 43.1%
  1. Merthyr Tydfil
  1. 9,136
  1. 68.9
  1. 4,132
  1. 31.1
  1. 30.2%
  1. Monmouthshire
  1. 12,381
  1. 49.4
  1. 12,701
  1. 50.6
  1. 35.4%
  1. Neath Port Talbot
  1. 29,957
  1. 73
  1. 11,079
  1. 27
  1. 37.6%
  1. Newport
  1. 15,983
  1. 54.8
  1. 13,204
  1. 45.2
  1. 27.8%
  1. Pembrokeshire
  1. 19,600
  1. 55
  1. 16,050
  1. 45
  1. 38.3%
  1. Powys
  1. 21,072
  1. 51.6
  1. 19,730
  1. 48.4
  1. 39.7%
  1. Rhondda Cynon Taf
  1. 43,051
  1. 70.7
  1. 17,834
  1. 29.3
  1. 34.4%
  1. Swansea
  1. 38,496
  1. 63.2
  1. 22,409
  1. 36.8
  1. 32.8%
  1. Torfaen
  1. 14,655
  1. 62.8
  1. 8,688
  1. 37.2
  1. 33.4%
  1. Vale of Glamorgan
  1. 19,430
  1. 52.5
  1. 17,551
  1. 47.5
  1. 39.7%
  1. Wrexham
  1. 17,606
  1. 64.1
  1. 9,863
  1. 35.9
  1. 26.8%
  1. Isle of Anglesey
  1. 14,011
  1. 64.8
  1. 7,620
  1. 35.2
  1. 43.5%