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What is happening

Aviva Broker Community Fund 2021

Following an announcement from Aviva Broker UK @AvivaBrokerUK


‘We’re thrilled that we can finally announce the winners of the Aviva Broker Community Fund 2021.
40 well-deserving local causes will each receive a share of our £300k funding pot to help them make a difference in their communities.

View our winners http://broker.aviva.co.uk


SRCDC are *delighted* to be chosen for a £20,000 grant from the

@avivaBrokerUK Broker Fund  alongside many fantastic causes.


Our sincere gratitude to @paulgardner123 from @PrescottJones

for his nomination + ongoing support of SRCDC.


SRCDC Over Xmas Period – Alert Level 0

Do you know of needs in the community that we can help to address/organise/meet? Please make us aware.


Current room Bookings

Activities can go ahead in our buildings providing that organisers and attendees are following our Covid 19 risk assessment and implementing their own.

This may change following the Welsh Government update due this Friday 17th December.


{If organisers of activities want to re-schedule/move activities online, they are welcome to}


SRCDC and Wales are still at alert level 0 at the moment.

Covid cases in Cardiff dipped by 100 last week vs the previous week.


W/C 20TH December

Watch out for an update after the Welsh Government briefing on Friday afternoon.

W/C 27th December

Closed – no activities and due to we apologise but due to Covid NO BOOKINGS


W/C 4th Jan


Room Bookings to re-commence.

Welsh Gov’s current advice for keeping safe:

get both jabs and when invited, get your booster

·         if you have symptoms, self-isolate and book a PCR test

·         if you do not have symptoms, take regular lateral flow tests

·         outdoors is safer than indoors

·         keep your distance when you can

·         wash your hands

·         wear a face covering

Read the current guidance.

Riverside’s Public Places

Community Vision for Riverside’s Public Spaces.

Sun 28 Nov 2-4 pm


My/Your Cardiff Public Space Campaign are curating a  first community engagement workshop on Sun 28 Nov 2-4 pm in the Wyndham St Centre (map) in Riverside. 

They are looking to devise a community vision for Riverside’s public spaces.
Are you interested in attending?
Contact cardiffpscampaign@gmail.com
The project is a joint venture of @CUGeogPlan Cardiff Universities  – ‘Transforming people and places around the world through critical thinking and public engagement’ – Geography and Planning Department.
Together with The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. ‘Creating sustainable built environments to enhance everyday life through teaching, practice and research’ @WSofArchi.

Politics BAME Wales EYST Wales

Do you feel disillusioned with Welsh Politics? Would you like to get more involved in public life and have an impact on the decisions that are made that affect you and your communities? EYST Wales is now recruiting for the third round of the successful BAME Routes to Public Life Mentoring Scheme. Funded by Welsh Government, the scheme is part of the All Wales BAME (Black, Asian and ethnic minority) Engagement Programme.  The BAME Routes to Public Life Mentoring Scheme is intended to help ethnic minority/BAME people to develop political skills and increase their impact in public life.

The third round of the scheme will run from 23rd September 2020 until 30th March 2021 and will include:

•             1-1 mentoring with highly influential people;

•             Bespoke training sessions on political influencing, communications and campaigning at Welsh Government locations;

•             A trip to UK Houses of Parliament (virtual or in-person);

•             Optional opportunity to help organise or contribute to EYST’s annual conference observing the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The two rounds running in 2019 and 2020 respectively have and had more 50 Mentor/Mentees pairs.

81% of previous mentees felt their understanding of Public and Political Life in Wales and been significantly increased by attending the program.

63% of previous participants stated the programme had a significant or huge impact on their confidence.

Deputy Minister Jane Hutt states “The Welsh Government is proud to fund the BAME routes to public life mentoring scheme as part of our Equality and Inclusion Programme. 

The scheme has delivered excellent results over the past few years; creating empowering relationships which provide Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals crucial opportunities to learn, influence and build networks.  There is more work to do to achieve the representation of BAME people that we need in public life but this scheme provides a crucial foundation for that work”.

Nirushan Sudarsan, a law student from Cardiff University took part in a previous round.  Since completing the Mentoring Programme Nirushan has gone on to become a trustee with Youth Cymru, a governor of a primary school and is currently working on campaigns for equality in Wales with Citizens Cymru Wales.

Nirushan says of his experience on the programme: ‘The Mentoring programme, and my mentor the Deputy Minister, has given me the capacity to believe in myself that I can make a positive change here in Wales whether it is small or big’  

Another previous participant Mohammed Alamgir reflects on his experience of the project.

I am so grateful this project which gave me access to mentoring that I would never have received otherwise. I was matched up with a very high profile public figure and Assembly Member who was very open to ensuring the project was successful by making himself very much available to me, having open two dialogue with me as his mentee and showing me the inner workings of the Senedd , which I really wanted. He also made introductions for me which opened up further doors.  Following on from the mentoring scheme, I put myself forward and was successfully elected Director of Equalities at Plaid Cymru. I recommend the BAME Routes into Public Life Mentoring Project to anyone and am forever grateful to EYST for their support’

EYST Wales invites applications from BAME people who have a clear interest in politics and/or public life and a commitment to their own and other’s development. We aim to match mentees with mentors who have similar interests and come from the same geographic area.  

To apply, please take a few moments to complete this survey by 7th  August:


The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 7th August. We will notify you by early September if you have been accepted into the project and matched with a mentor. 

There will be a chance to find out more at an online Interest Afternoon session on Tuesday 28th July 3-4pm, where previous mentees and coordinators will be on hand to answer your questions

For questions or to register for the interest afternoon please contact Emily Robertson emily@eyst.org.uk or phone/message 07903074718

SRCDC welcomes Slovakian Ambassador

His Excellency L’ubomír Rehák visited SRCDC – Director Neil Binnell welcomed the ambassador to the centre – in Brunel St.

SRCDC is always open to forging new links from all countries of the world and communities.

The abassador has been prominent in visiting places in Cardiff and has been keen to learn about the education system and cultural aspects of living in Wales.

Previously he has visited Corpus Christi High School and had delivered a lecture to the staff and students at Cardiff Met, Slovakia has a number of students studying in Cardiff.


The Project will work with over 150 BAME girls in the community aged 10-16 to build their skills in sports activities which are traditionally male sports such as Cricket, Golf, Football, Cycling, Taekwondo, Baseball and Ice Hockey.

SRCDC with thanks – to funding from the Tampon Tax Community Fund


This will help girls identify future opportunities and enhance their aspirations beyond traditional gender roles.

The Project will develop interests in coaching and raise aspirations eg currently there are no female cricket umpires in Cardiff at present, coaching is presently promoted as a male only option.

The taster workshops will be over 10 weeks and facilitated by a Sports Coach (female) and accompanied by a Female Sessional Youth Worker.

Trips to matches and events will also take place after the workshops.

SRCDC Brunel St

What else would you like from us ?

Please let us know what you would like by completing this quick survey Open Day

What new service(s) would you like to see in Riverside.
What types of services would you like to see in the community in Riverside?

Thank you - Diolch

Footsteps in a Foreign Land – updated

On 11th September as part of Danielle’s play, research and development, a group of attendees listened to the play in development – this was followed by an interesting Q andA.

Chief, arriving as a seaman; as many did; and settling in Wales – Danielle re-tells scenes of discovery; memory; and events that resonate greatly today.

The tension within families, generations and cultures – ultimately dividing a family.

Now a third generation migrant Danielle draws from a rich vein of episodes from her families’ story.

Many of the scenes evict both an emotional and introspective response within the audience.

Danielle Fahiya’s family came on a journey to Wales and Danielle ended up here in Cardiff she now is a professional actress and playwright. She is of Jordanian, German, Welsh and Somalian descent.

With the support of many people: she was awarded an @Arts_Wales_ grant for her play telling the story of her family’s migration to Wales.

Footsteps in a Foreign Land promises to be a powerful reminder and redolent of the present world.

This play in development is shortly to be shown in a community setting at the Riverside Warehouse in Cardiff on the 13th September at 11 am.

Chapter will host a later showing at 4pm.

Footsteps in a Foreign Land – Danielle Fahiya – Cardiff
More about Danielle here


Pantry update

The Pantry
Stretch Your P O U N D S further
Opens :
Tuesday 1pm – 6pm
Wednesday 10am – 12noon
£5 buys up to £25 worth of food!
Vegetables and Fruit vary weekly along with a host of regular provisions.
What recipes have you made from your shop?

Let us know and we will share them!
Text or Call on 07399810653

Windsor Fellowship

From Windsor Fellowship:

The Senedd Commission (Senedd) has partnered with the Windsor Fellowship to launch a new internship programme, offering four opportunities to individuals from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background.

The Senedd is committed to attracting talent from a wide range of backgrounds and recognises the value in reflecting the diversity of the Welsh population.

The internship programme is a great way to gain paid work experience in an exciting and unique environment at the heart of Welsh democracy.

About the internship:
We are offering a paid, 12-month training internship for four graduates from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background. You can choose to apply for placements within various areas across the organisation.

Although the internship does not offer or guarantee a substantive role at the end of the 12-month period, the aim is for the you to develop the skills and gain the experience required for  a role within the Senedd Commission or elsewhere.

Training at the Senedd means you will be at the heart of Welsh politics, developing your skills and knowledge on how to best navigate and assist a busy and exciting workplace where Welsh laws are made. The Internship is an excellent opportunity that has been designed to provide you with the understanding and ability to develop within a diverse and inclusive organisation.

Your development:
Windsor Fellowship support – our partners the Windsor fellowship, will provide you with pastoral and interview support from the point of application.

Mentorship – Take advantage of on-going coaching, mentorship and guidance from experienced Senedd employees.

Skills building – Grow key technical, professional and leadership skills through training and development opportunities

Career development – Gain exposure to career growth activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers.

Eligibility Criteria:
A resident in the UK or Ireland for a minimum of three years (this is a requirement to undertake National Security Vetting)

Available to take part in the internship from April 2022 to April 2023

From a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background

Right to work in the UK without restrictions. Please note that the Senedd does not sponsor work visas

You are a graduate by the time the scheme starts

You are living in Wales

Application Process:
Stage 1 Complete online application form by 17 January 2022 at 9.00am (GMT)

Stage 2 Successful applicants will be invited to attend a virtual Assessment Centre with the Windsor Fellowship consisting of a presentation and interview (January-February 2022)

Stage 3 Final stage virtual interview with the Senedd team (w/c 14 February 2022)

Stage 4 Senedd to select and inform successful Interns (February 2022)

Stage 5 Onboarding and security vetting process (all offers are dependent on completing the security clearance) (March 2022)

Stage 6 Internship begins (April 2022)

If you have any questions about the programme please contact: internships@windsor-fellowship.org

Mad 4 Kids

Mad 4 Kids – Thank you from SRCDC – Credu Believe
Last year www.mad4kids.org.uk helped families in Cardiff:
“In 2021 we helped 15 different families in need in the Cardiff area.
We have already fulfilled two requests in 2022 and hope to have many more referrals.
Please pass details of MAD4Kids to other people you think might benefit from our work.”


“The aim of the charity is to help relieve poverty and advance the education of orphans and vulnerable children living in Zambia. In particular, but not exclusively this is through continuing support to the Good Samaritan Ministries School in Lusaka.”

Regular Rides and Groups

Hi All,


Hilary and Anna have kindly summarised the events / rides that are happening.  Please could you share across your networks to encourage women to come along …


Summary of other rides specific to this group:


  • Mondays 10am meeting in front of Wales Millennium Centre building.  Own bike needed.  Very gentle ride of 30-45mins, last Monday of each month will do a slightly longer ride but remaining traffic free and flat!


  • Fridays 11am at Pedal Power – Breeze ride – we can provide a bike for free thanks to Welsh Cycling Funding.  At same time option of a confidence building lesson for those not quite ready to go on a ride.


Breeze rides will be loaded onto the on the letsride site (https://www.letsride.co.uk/breeze).  Numbers are limited, allowing for a few people that have not booked to just to turn up. Hilary has not put hers up yet (but the first one will be Jan 24th, but will be 10am from the front of the millennium centre).  Anna’s is there for this Friday the 14th https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/breeze-in-the-park-9

Other opportunities:

There are many other Breeze rides on LetsRide (https://www.letsride.co.uk/breeze) which may also be suitable


Other opportunities from Pedal Power, Pontcanna include the following, though none of the below are women only, but if may be possible to organise more women only groups if there is demand, to book on any of these best to email me on training@cardiffpedalpower.org.uk


  • Thursdays (these may change slightly, but likely to be some free sessions on Thursday afternoons until at least end of March), these sessions are free of charge, currently:
  • Try a Trike – 12-1pm
  • Learn to Ride/Return to ride/wobbly wheels 2-3pm
  • For anyone aged over 60 we will be offering a series of Wellbeing trike rides and a learn to ride course – days tbc, but they will be once a week for 4-6 weeks.  £2/session


Pedal Power also have the following available through their volunteer led rides:

There are regular volunteer led rides which are £2 if you have your own bike or £8 including bike hire (£6 Pedal Power members):

  • Tuesdays 2.30 – gentle two wheel ride, for those happy cycling around the park/corners who want to explore the park a bit further.
  • Weds 12.30-1.30 – Practice session, supported practice on two wheel bikes or nervous trike riders.  For those new to cycling, a chance to practice in a small area without the pressure of ‘going for a ride’ (holding people up etc)
  • Thurs 1-2pm gentle two wheel ride, for those happy cycling around the park/corners who want to explore the park a bit further.
  • Fri 1-2pm Easy Rider Trike group – for those fairly confident on a trike a chance to explore the park with others.

Free cycling sessions at Pedal Power

Great news! Pedal Power have FREE taster cycling sessions available starting this January. These free taster sessions will take place every Thursday afternoon at 12-3pm, and will run until the end of March.   


We offer:   

  • Learn to ride sessions    
  • Confidence building sessions  
  • Cycle skills development   
  • Accompanied/Group rides    
  • Tandem/Side-by-side rides for the visually impaired 
  • Trike rides   

These sessions are catered for individuals/groups of all ages and abilities to experience the benefits of cycling. We strive to remove the barriers to cycling that many people face, and work to a key set of values. Including our primary mission; to make cycling inclusive for all.    


Our location:  


Turn off Cathedral Road into Sophia Close then follow the signs past the cricket ground (CF11 9XR) to Cardiff Caravan Park   

To book your place or for more information:  


Event Officer Vacancy at Welsh Triathlon

Hi All,


Happy New Year,


I just wanted to share job role that we have going for an event officer to share within your network,


The event officer will assist and support the network of permitting event organisers facilitating events across the Welsh Domestic calendar. Welsh Triathlon is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, hardworking, organised individual who will work productively within the domestic triathlon community, broaden the skills base and diversity of Welsh Triathlon and support the next stages of growth of this dynamic organisation.


Below is a link to download the job description and apply for the role



If you have any enquiries, or would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Head of Development, Gareth Evans at garethevans@welshtriathlon.org.

Update of Adult Learning



Unfortunately due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant, all in-person short course training for the beginning of January has been cancelled. We are watching the situation closely to determine whether or not the back half of January’s scheduled courses will go ahead.