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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



Application process: Please send CV’s of those interested directly to the link to apply is : https://ccha.org.uk/join-our-team/

The CCHA Repairs Team are undergoing a major reshaping. I joined CCHA in April this year as the Head of Repairs Transformation and already we are seeing a difference to the delivery of the repairs services to our tenants. In April 2020 we set up our own in-house trade team which covers Reactive Repairs and Fire Safety Works called the M-Team. The growth of the M-Team and the requirement to ensure we are providing Value for Money to our tenants is top of my agenda. 

 To do this we are growing our team gradually, with the first growth being the Major Works Team as part of the M-Team. The Major Works Team will be responsible for repairs works which fall outside of day to day repairs/maintenance and require the skills of truly excellent people to carry out a range of works which include: 

  • Grounds works
  • Masonry repairs
  • Fencing replacements                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Kitchen and Bathroom replacements
  • Large scale decoration internally and externally to properties
  • And much more!

 The team will be a great opportunity to show that we can save money, deliver quality work and satisfy our tenants with a great service.

I’m looking for the best in the sector and the roles available are:

  • Major Works Supervisor – Someone that is confident to manage large scale works and give me the assurance I need that we are compliant, safe and doing what is best.
  • X2 Major Works Multi-Trade Operatives – Highly skilled operatives who are skilled and able to put things right in the right way.
  • X2 Painter and Decorators – Decorators who are willing to go that extra mile to deliver a great service, but with clear passion about the quality of their work.
Chloe Ridgway-Pring
HR Officer

T:02920 468464
Cardiff Community Housing Association
Tolven Court, Dowlais Road, Cardiff, CF24 5LQ  

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Local jobs: carpenter; Multi-skilled Labourer; Cleaners for build…

O’Brien Construction are a multi-disciplinary contractor based in Cardiff, South Wales, they offer a variety of building, design and maintenance services. From small home improvement projects to new builds.

The company is looking to candidates for 3 opportunities:

1.      Skilled carpenter for 1st and 2nd fit carpentry experience, hourly rate up to £24 (dependant on experience) 4 years is preferred

2.      Multi-skilled Labourer (see below job description)

3.      Cleaners for build and industrial cleans, open to varying levels of experience but must have a valid CSCS card

All candidates must be able to drive due to jobs being in different locations.   

CV’s of those interested who meet the experience requirements, send them over to myself at EmployerLiaison@cardiff.gov.uk.


Opportunities to get involved – June Edition

from Diverse Cymru:

Good afternoon!

I hope you’re enjoying the lovely weather we’ve got at the moment, this is our June edition of ‘Opportunities to get involved’, and there’s plenty here!

Young carers – There’s a new scheme to support young carers in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to get support and recognition from the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff Council, and the YMCA – Read More

Have your Say on a new radiotherapy centre for South East Wales – Velindre University NHS Trust want to hear from anyone in South East Wales about their plans to develop a new radiotherapy service in Nevill Hall hospital in Abergavenny, you can find more information on this development here. Please get involved if you live in Newport, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, South Powys, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, or Merthyr Tydfil.

You can complete a survey online here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GTCRB75 (Welsh)

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W9RD36X (English)

The survey will close on Friday 9 July

Attend an online engagement event here:

Wednesday 30 June at 5 pm – Register in advance for this webinar: https://velindre-tr-wales-nhs-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G-VxO4dMRz20EfuXACa2eQ

Send us your experiences or comments:

Email: research@diverse.cymru  

Phone: 029 2036 8888

Or write to: Diverse Cymru
3rd Floor, Alexandra House
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

You can read a summary of the proposed changes here.

You can find additional information about this opportunity on our website.

Digital User Group Application – Volunteer with the Media Trust as a sounding board with surveys, testing sessions and workshops, find out more here.

Do Hywel Dda UHB’s pharmacy services work for you? Help Hywel Dda University Health Board make decisions on requests for new pharmacies, relocation of existing pharmacies, and the range of services needed in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire here.

Ethnic Minority Mental Health Focus Groups – Spark and Co. are working with Mind Cymru and Time to Change Wales to understand ethnic minority mental health during the pandemic:

Spark and Co. are holding virtual focus groups on Monday 14th June. These are paid focus groups (£50 for one hour) for ethnic minority men and women in Wales.

The focus groups will be held online. They are one hour long and will be hosted by the Spark and Co. team.

Participants can sign up via Eventbrite

·        Men’s focus group – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mens-mental-health-focus-group-wales-tickets-158572012157?fbclid=IwAR3n2LdFarsx8TL7LAvsXfXjlGkVQQJ36M6dBO4pT00eSU1RBqGyHozycXU

·        Women’s focus group – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-mental-health-focus-group-wales-tickets-158573191685?fbclid=IwAR0n-K5kudYTIvH0xsAO5-vrAi4x_MTwIiH-0l3AA532GLxE_Z-4YKZr5G4

We’re recruiting!

Diverse Cymru are looking to recruit:

An Office Manager
A Mental Health Support worker
A Researcher

You can find out more information and apply here – https://www.diversecymru.org.uk/vacancies/

Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day!

Pob Hwyl | All best

Joe Stockley
Swyddog Cyfathrebu | Communications Officer
Diverse Cymru