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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

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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


Pandemic Impact

On Tuesday the 12th October members from the local community met with the Bevan Foundation. There followed an  excellent discussion between the Bevan Foundation officers and our community members regarding the long-term impact of the pandemic on our communities.


Polish Romanian – Settled Status?

The EUSS Deadline had passed and EU nationals still need support in navigating a complicated digital system.  There are also new emerging issues arising due to the nature of the scheme, causing confusion amongst public and the professionals. Settled is offering free webinars in Polish and Romanian languages with immigration lawyer Chris Benn from Seraphus Law.

Please spread the word amongst your contacts and forward onto relevant people. Those wishing to book a place, the registration details for the events are under each event poster.

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The events are also advertised on our Facebook page @WeAreSettled.

Rising to the Challenge – Employer Event Tue, 5 Oct 2021 10:00 – 12:30 BST

ELITE Supported Employment presents ‘Rising to the Challenge’. This is a FREE employers event promoting equality in the workplace.  This event is aimed at supporting employers in hiring and retaining people with disabilities and difficulties in these uncertain times.

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There will be guest speakers from;

Lynda Ormerod from the Department of Work and Pensions will outline how Access to Work can help you to hire and maintaining people with disabilities.

Sarah Alford and Caitlin Rees from Berry Smith Lawyers will provide employment and HR advice for these uncertain times

Chris English from ELITE Training Solutions will be dispelling the myths and misconceptions around employing people with disabilities. He’ll also be discussing the benefits of becoming ‘Disability Confident’.

Listen to Chris talk about the event here;

We would love for you to join this event and truly believe this is hugely useful to employers throughout Wales & beyond. Book your free tickets here – https://elitesea.co.uk/employers/services-offered-to-employers/


Many Thanks,


Gentle Radical – News


Former tenants of the Wyndham St Centre, a local artist-run project, has among other things been nominated for this year’s Tate Turner Prize.

Below is their latest news circular:

Turner Prize 2021
Warmest greetings to you from us…we hope this finds you flourishing and thriving in times that continue to be far from easy. Here at Gentle/Radical, it’s been an unbelievably busy summer (which is why we’ve been so quiet!). Behind the scenes, we’ve been putting together a new piece of work for our Turner Prize nominated exhibition – which is opening this Wednesday 29th September. We’re looking forward (after catching our breath!) to picking up on conversations, projects, events and activities, and we’ll keep you updated on all of these. For now, a brief summary of what’s going on at Gentle/Radical HQ…

Turner Prize Exhibition ‘To live is to live with others; colleagues, companions, neighbours and strangers…’

Back in May, we received news about our nomination for this year’s Tate Turner Prize. This came out of the blue for Gentle/Radical, and for an organisation like ours – which doesn’t routinely show up in contemporary art or gallery spaces – the nomination threw up all kinds of questions for us, as well as possibilities. Alongside an amazing team, and just a few months to put together a brand new show, we’ll be presenting the outcomes of our work at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, where this year’s Turner Prize exhibition is taking place.

Our presentation, consisting of video, sung elements, text-based and printed work, is a culmination of some of our thinking at this moment in time; a series of reflections on how we relate to, and witness each other, in moments of both trouble and possibility. The exhibition draws inspiration from Welsh Gorsedd prayers; introduces notes on an emergent Gentle/Radical curriculum; and sheds light on some of the habitual questions we continue to explore as a collective – how do we raise children beyond the nuclear family? How do we hold spaces for grief and loss? How do the multiplicities of diaspora show up amongst us? We hope you’ll get a chance over the next few months to visit the exhibition in Coventry.

It’s free to attend, and for further information about this year’s Turner Prize, check out the link on the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum web page. The show runs 29th September 2021 through to 12th January 2022, with the announcement of the winner on December 1st.

Palestine Book Club
Some of you may have caught our social media posts about the Palestine Book Club with an invitation to folks across Wales (and beyond) to consider setting up a book club of their own to encourage greater understanding of what’s happening – and has historically been happening – in Palestine. Palestine,and Palestinan liberation, has always been close to our hearts, and in some of our previous Gentle/Radical events (sympoisa, film club screenings) we’ve placed Palestinian narratives and histories, centre stage. In response to violent attacks on Gaza in May (attacks which continue but are no longer being reported in mainstream media), and in dialogue with Palestinian colleagues living under occupation, we wanted to take action in a way that went beyond the solidarity statements or marches – as much as we ourselves participate in these actions and find them essential. The Palestine Book Club is an invitation for people to set up their own reading groups about Palestine. It’s encouraging anyone – particularly those who feel they don’t know enough and would like to know more – to educate ourselves, together, about one of the most pressing issues of injustice of our time. Alongside colleagues Tony Hedrickson and Samson Hart, we’ve put together a resource list, and tips on setting up a book club, if you haven’t before. Palestine Book Clubs are emerging across Wales – from Common Wealth Theatre Company’s group in Cardiff East to the Dyffryn Teifi Valley Palestine Book Club in West Wales…! We’d love folks to join us in building a network of deeper learning and solidarity around Palestine. Get in touch for more information, our resource list, and – if you haven’t set up a book club before but would like – we’re on hand for a chat!

Doorstep Revolution Conversations
We were due to launch outcomes of our Doorstep Revolution project back in July – but the Turner Prize nomination swept aside most plans as we knuckled down to some very focused work on the exhibition the last 4 months.

However, do look out for the launch of the Doorstep Revolution newspaper and podcasts in November; the stories we are looking forward to sharing with you are insightful, touching, and intimate tellings from local Riverside residents, of lives lived over the pandemic and under lockdown. 

We’re currently thinking about how to share some of these stories in person or over Zoom, with a series of readings and audio ‘listenings’ at some point soon, subject to the usual safety procedures/precautions. In the meantime, look out for future newsletters, where we’ll be linking you to some of the extraordinary conversations that have been taking place in Riverside, about Covid, and the future of community.

Connect and Flourish
Finally, we were delighted to receive news of our successful Arts Council of Wales Connect and Flourish application a few months back. Whilst commencing that work has also been put on, we’re delighted and looking forward to be working with partners Platfform (Wales largest mental health charity) and Bristol’s incredible youth-led Rising Arts Agency, to bring a series of extraordinary new projects across Riverside in 2022.

All in all, it’s been a frenzied few months for us since May, not ones we anticipated or could have imagined. But we’re looking forward to taking a break, and starting fresh again as we head deeper into autumn/winter 2021, with new projects, existing activities and as ever, an eye on how we go deeper in our dialogues and activities around making  culture, and community, matter, in these times.

For further information on any of these activities and events, please get in touch by contacting Divya at divya@gentleradical.org. And we look forward to seeing you very soon.

Gwobr TURNER 2021
Ein cyfarchion cynnes i chi gyd … gobeithiwn eich bod yn ffynnu ac yn llewyrchu yn yr adeg hon sy’n parhau mor anodd. Yma yn Gentle/Radical, mae hi wedi bod yn haf anhygoel o brysur (a dyna pam rydyn ni wedi bod mor dawel!). Y tu ôl i’r llenni, rydyn ni wedi bod yn llunio darn newydd o waith ar gyfer ein harddangosfa a enwebwyd ar gyfer Gwobr Turner – sy’n agor ddydd Mercher, 29ain Medi. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen (ar ôl cael rhywfaint o hoe!) at ailgydio mewn sgyrsiau, prosiectau, digwyddiadau a gweithgareddau, a byddwn yn eich diweddaru ar bob un o’r rhain. Am y tro, dyma grynodeb byr o’r hyn sy’n digwydd ym Mhencadlys Gentle/Radical …     Arddangosfa Gwobr Turner“Byw yw byw gydag eraill; cydweithwyr, cymdeithion, cymdogion a dieithriaid.”

Yn ôl ym mis Mai, cawsom newyddion am ein henwebiad ar gyfer Gwobr Turner y Tate eleni. Daeth hyn fel tipyn o sioc i Gentle/Radical, ac i sefydliad fel ein un ni – nad yw’n ymddangos yn rheolaidd mewn gofodau celf gyfoes neu orielau – cododd yr enwebiad bob math o gwestiynau i ni, yn ogystal â phosibiliadau. Ochr yn ochr â thîm anhygoel, a gydag ychydig fisoedd yn unig i lunio sioe newydd sbon, byddwn yn cyflwyno canlyniadau ein gwaith yn Oriel Gelf ac Amgueddfa Herbert yn Coventry, lle cynhelir arddangosfa Gwobr Turner eleni.

Mae ein cyflwyniad, sy’n cynnwys fideo, elfennau wedi’u canu, darnau gwaith testun ac argraffedig, yn benllanw ar rywfaint o’n meddylfryd ar hyn o bryd; cyfres o fyfyrdodau ar sut rydyn ni’n uniaethu â’n gilydd, a bod yn dyst i’n gilydd, ar adegau o drafferth a phosibilrwydd hefyd. Mae’r arddangosfa’n tynnu ysbrydoliaeth o weddïau Gorsedd Cymru; yn cyflwyno nodiadau ar gwricwlwm datblygol Gentle/Radical; ac yn taflu goleuni ar y cwestiynau cyson rydyn ni’n parhau i’w harchwilio fel grŵp – sut ydyn ni’n magu plant y tu hwnt i’r teulu niwclear? Sut ydyn ni’n cynnal lleoedd ar gyfer galar a cholled? Sut mae elfennau niferus diaspora yn ymddangos yn ein plith? Gobeithiwn y cewch gyfle dros yr ychydig fisoedd nesaf i ymweld â’r arddangosfa yn Coventry.

Mae’r arddangosfa’n rhad ac am ddim. I gael rhagor o wybodaeth am arddangosfa Gwobr Turner eleni, edrychwch ar y dolenni ar dudalen we Oriel Gelf ac Amgueddfa Herbert. Mae’r sioe yn rhedeg o 29ain Medi 2021 i 12fed Ionawr 2022, gyda’r enillydd  yn cael ei gyhoeddi ar 1af Rhagfyr.

Clwb Llyfrau Palesteina
Efallai bod rhai ohonoch wedi digwydd gweld ein postiadau cyfryngau cymdeithasol am Glwb Llyfrau Palesteina a gwahoddiad i bobl ledled Cymru (a thu hwnt) i ystyried sefydlu clwb llyfrau eu hunain i annog gwell dealltwriaeth o’r hyn sac yn hanesyddol sydd wedi bod yn digwydd – ym Mhalesteina.

Mae Palesteina, a rhyddid Palesteina, bob amser wedi bod yn agos at ein calonnau, ac yn rhai o’n digwyddiadau Gentle/Radical blaenorol ( symposia, dangosiadau clwb ffilmiau) rydyn ni wedi rhoi lle blaenllaw i naratifau a hanesion am Balesteina.

Mewn ymateb i ymosodiadau treisgar ar Gaza ym mis Mai (ymosodiadau sy’n parhau ond nad oes bellach unrhyw adrodd arnynt yn y cyfryngau prif ffrwd), ac mewn deialog gyda chydweithwyr Palesteinaidd sy’n byw dan feddiannaeth, roeddem am weithredu mewn ffordd a oedd yn mynd y tu hwnt i’r datganiadau undod neu’r gorymdeithiau – er cymaint ag yr ydym ni ein hunain yn cymryd rhan yn y gweithredoedd hyn ac yn eu cael yn hanfodol.

Mae Clwb Llyfrau Palesteina yn wahoddiad i bobl sefydlu eu grwpiau darllen eu hunain am Balesteina. Maen nhw’n annog unrhyw un – yn enwedig y rheiny sy’n teimlo nad ydyn nhw’n gwybod digon ac sy’n dymuno gwybod mwy – i addysgu ein hunain, ar y cyd, am un o faterion mwyaf enbyd anghyfiawnder ein hoes. Ochr yn ochr â’n cydweithwyr Tony Hedrickson a Samson Hart, rydyn ni wedi llunio rhestr adnoddau ac awgrymiadau ynghylch sefydlu clwb llyfrau, felly mae’r cyfan – yn syml iawn! Mae Clybiau Llyfrau yn dod i’r amlwg ledled Cymru – o grŵp Cwmni Theatr Common Wealth yn Nwyrain Caerdydd i Glwb Llyfrau Palesteina Dyffryn Teifi yng Ngorllewin Cymru!

Hoffem yn fawr iawn i bobl ymuno â ni i adeiladu rhwydwaith o ddysgu dyfnach ac undod ynghylch Palesteina. Cysylltwch â ni i gael mwy o wybodaeth, ein rhestr adnoddau, ac – os nad ydych chi wedi sefydlu clwb llyfrau o’r blaen ond yr hoffech chi wneud hynny – rydyn ni ar gael am sgwrs!

Chwyldro Carreg Drws
Roeddem i fod i lansio canlyniadau ein prosiect Chwyldro Carreg Drws yn ôl ym mis Gorffennaf – ond cafodd y mwyafrif o’n cynlluniau eu rhoi o’r neilltu gan ein henwebiad ar gyfer Gwobr Turner wrth i ni fynd ati o ddifrif i ganolbwyntio’n benodol ar yr arddangosfa yn ystod y 4 mis diwethaf!

Fodd bynnag, cadwch lygad allan am lansiad papur newydd a phodlediadau Chwyldro Carreg Drws ym mis Tachwedd; mae’r straeon rydyn ni’n edrych ymlaen at eu rhannu gyda chi yn adroddiadau craff, teimladwy a phersonol gan drigolion lleol Glan yr Afon, am fyw bywydau yn ystod y pandemig a’r cyfnod clo.

Ar hyn o bryd rydyn ni’n ystyried sut i rannu rhai o’r straeon hyn wyneb yn wyneb neu dros Zoom, gyda chyfres o ddarlleniadau a ‘gwrandawiadau’ sain ar ryw adeg yn fuan, gan ddibynnu ar y gweithdrefnau a’r rhagofalon diogelwch arferol. Yn y cyfamser, cadwch lygad allan am y cylchlythyrau nesaf, lle byddwn ni’n eich cysylltu chi  â rhai o’r sgyrsiau rhyfeddol sydd wedi bod yn digwydd, yng Nglan yr Afon, am Covid, a dyfodol y gymuned.

Cysylltu a Ffynnu
Yn olaf, roeddem yn falch iawn o dderbyn newyddion am ein cais Cysylltu a Ffynnu llwyddiannus Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru ychydig fisoedd yn ôl. Er bod y gwaith hwnnw (fel llawer o bethau eraill!) wedi cael ei ohirio oherwydd arddangosfa Turner, rydyn ni wrth ein boddau ac yn edrych ymlaen at gydweithio gyda’n partneriaid Platfform (elusen iechyd meddwl fwyaf Cymru) a’r Rising Arts Agency anhygoel ym Mryste a arweinir gan bobl ifanc, i ddod â chyfres o brosiectau newydd rhyfeddol i Lan yr Afon yn 2022.

Mae’r ychydig fisoedd ers mis Mai wedi bod yn rhai rhyfedd a phrysur dros ben i ni, nid yn rhai yr oeddem yn eu rhagweld neu y gallem fod wedi’u dychmygu. Ond rydyn ni’n edrych ymlaen at gymryd hoe, gorffwys a dechrau o’r newydd eto wrth i ni symud ymlaen trwy hydref/gaeaf 2021, gyda phrosiectau newydd, gweithgareddau sy’n bodoli eisoes ac fel erioed, llygad ar sut rydyn ni’n mynd yn ddyfnach yn ein deialogau a’n gweithgareddau ynghylch sut i roi pwys ar ddiwylliant, a chymuned, yn yr oes hon.

Am fwy o wybodaeth am unrhyw un o’r gweithgareddau a digwyddiadau hyn, cysylltwch â ni drwy e-bostio Divya yn divya@gentleradical.org. Ac edrychwn ymlaen at eich gweld yn fuan iawn.