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.

 

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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10 May 2012

SBREC Receives Equality & Diversity Award

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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.