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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

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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.
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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


Let’s Interpret

A Credu / Believe Project

Believe/ Credu Project participants and staff after attending and completing the course First Introduction to Public Services Interpreting via Cardiff University, Widening Access reflected on how they could continue to develop and access peer support and mentoring during the challenge of the first wave of the Pandemic and Lockdown in March 2020.

This led to a Funding application made to the Community Foundation For Wales to create a post for a Coordinator and funds to continue to develop the group by introducing both Interpreting as a skill and the other knowledge needed to consider running a business or self employment using the skills acquired.

Michele was recruited to co-ordinate the scheme and the PDF below outlines the process and delivery.


Believe/Credu – are now looking to facilitate a second course in January 2021 in partnership with Cardiff University Widening Access (Contact sharon@srcdc.org.uk for more information ) and have already attracted interest from some more eager apprentice interpreters.

The short project gives the clients a skill-set that is transferable into different roles and scenarios .

One of the first group members since attending the training and Support through Believe Project and Lets Interpret  has been recruited into employment with Cardiff City Council’s – Into Work Team.

The Interpretors provided the COVID guidance for the Centres’ buildings and may be viewed here: Visiting SRCDC

Wyndham St Pantry

We Can Work It Out (WCWIO) – Set up the Pantry during COVID lockdown, and largely in response to the need for vulnerable families to receive food delivered who were vulnerable or unable to do this themselves.

WCWIO now harneses volunteers from a variety of sources to do sorting, packing and delivery.

This week Faith From Cardiff Met, the photographer and delivery driver Hitesh from VEST carried out this vital hard work on  the pantry and the people from the area.

Doorstep Revolution Gentle Radical

Doorstep Revolution

We’re excited to tell you about our new Doorstep Revolution project, funded through a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Emerging Futures Programme. This enables us to work directly within residents in our Riverside neighbourhood in a hyper-local project exploring Covid and the impacts of the ongoing pandemic on our residents. As we know, those impacts disproportionately affect the poorest and most disadvantaged in our city, to include communities of colour, and it is our priority to centre those very voices – which so often go unheard – in this project. We’ll be gathering stories and perspectives directly from local people, hearing about the deep challenges of these times, what is taking priority for people at the moment, what is mattering less, and what this pandemic reveals to us about the futures we want to imagine differently and inhabit.  
Focusing on a series of streets across South Riverside, we’ll be audio recording dialogues and conversations over the coming months, leading to the creation of a brand new neighbourhood podcast for South Riverside, as well as a new multi-lingual cultural/community newspaper for the area.

We’re recruiting volunteers to take part in the project. 
If you want to find out more, we have three introductory Zoom meetings taking place on:

Wednesday 3rd November, 6.30pm
Wednesday 11th November, 10.30am 
Wednesday 11th November, 6.30pm

If you’d like to know more, get in touch with Project Coordinator
Tony Hendrickson, at tony@gentleradical.org

Our mailing address is:

The Wyndham Street Centre
3-5 Wyndham Street
Cardiff, Wales CF11 6EQ
United Kingdom

School Admissions – Cardiff Council


Czech https://youtu.be/2rSd_AwMsB0


Somali https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPhMftowlRc&feature=youtu.be


Arabic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBSw2n2P4Ms


Romanian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY0yOk0U4Ak


Portugese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ7dfuIcj5g


Polish https://youtu.be/V-vEZxiAI4E


Bengali https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxbcFgDVmFA

Start Your Own Business

PopUp Business School- Sign Up’s NOW OPEN

Into Work Advice Service

Free online business start-ups course for Cardiff residents this October

The PopUp Business School online workshop event, which is sponsored by our Into Work service, helps start-up businesses in Cardiff to get their ideas off the ground.

The free 10 day online training event from 12th-23rd of October will cover a mix of practical sessions, one-to-one coaching, workshop sessions and local peer support that people can attend from their homes. 

Designed to inspire people and help them find the confidence to try their ideas, the PopUp Business School is aimed at everyone, from those with no cash and no business experience to fledgling start-ups that need guidance to keep on track.

PopUp’s events are led by successful entrepreneurs and professionals and can be very sought after, with events regularly attracting over 100 aspiring business owners.

The PopUp Business School welcomes people of all ages who are thinking about self-employment. For more information or to book a free place, visit: https://events.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/CardiffOctober2020

You can also get advice and support to start up your own business with the IntoWork Advice Service. Digital support is available if you are starting up, or need the knowledge and tools to get your business off the ground with info on training and funding available and lots of tips to get you going. www.intoworkcardiff.co.uk