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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


Can you access the Internet?

Social Change UK want to hear from you! They have launched a survey with Digital Communities Wales and want to hear from people who may not have access to the internet. They want to find out more about your thoughts and experiences on using the internet and being online.  

By completing this survey, you will be helping them to understand how people from ethnic minority groups can be supported to access the internet. There is also a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher. If you would like to complete this over the phone, please call 01522 775 060 and ask for Daisy Graham. If you would like to complete this online, please use one of the below links:

Welsh: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DCWW-being-online/

English: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DCWE-being-online/


The survey is open until April 19th.

I hope this helps – thank you for your support!

Many thanks,

Daisy Graham

Social Researcher and Data Analyst

New Lincoln HQ                 

Phone: 01522 775060
29 – 31 Mint St, Lincoln, LN1 1UB
Phone: 020 7186 1980
The Gridiron Building, 1 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Census 2021

1.  The Census needs to be completed by every household in Wales and England.  It does not matter what your status is, where you were born or your nationality.  Another way of looking at it is if you are planning to stay here for 3 months or longer then you need to complete the Census. 

2.   The Census is a once in a ten year survey which public services use the data to help them understand how to plan for services needed.  

3.  Your data is totally anonymous, and is kept that way for a 100 years. 

4.  The Office of National Statistics collects the Census data, and is totally independent of the Government. The ONS does not share your date with any government body such as Benefits Agency, Tax Office or the Home Office. It is not able to by law.

5.  There are several ways to complete the Census.  You will need a 16 digit access code to complete the Census online. (you can get your access code online too – www.census.gov.uk); a paper version, you can book an appointment with the Census Support Centre and they will ring you back at the agreed time and complete it with you or, if you have a trusted helper or member of your community, they can help  you complete it remotely. 

Here is the link to the guidance in Arabic

Here is the link to guidance in Urdu

Here is the link to  guidance in Bengali

Here is the link the guidance in Polish

Here is the link to the guidance in Kurdish

Here is the link to the guidance  in Romanian

Here is the link to the guidance in French

Here is the link to the guidance in Portuguese

0800 876 6276 – this is the dedicated number to order a paper copy of the census

0800 169 2021 this is the number of the Census bilingual Help Line  they can help with the following:-

·  Booking an appointment to complete your Census;

·  Order a paper version of the Census;

·  Order an access code;

·  Talk to Census Support Officers in 19 language lines

Online links include 

·  Order an Access code – https://census.gov.uk

·  Order a Braille guidance booklet https://census.gov.uk/help/languages-and-accessibility/accessibility/braille

·  Access a BSL video https://census.gov.uk/help/languages-and-accessibility/accessibility/accessible-videos-with-bsl

·  Order an Easy read guidance booklet https://census.gov.uk/contact-us

Health and Wellbeing programme First Campus

Dear learners 

You are invited to take part in an exciting Health and Wellbeing programme First Campus at the University of South Wales are delivering in April, May and June.  

Everyone deserves a sense of Wellbeing and this course will help you discover yours. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all our lives, particularly our physical and mental health. Good mental health and wellbeing is all about how we behave toward ourselves and in this course, will help you:  

  • Care about and for yourself  
  • Look after your physical health by eating well, sleeping well, exercising and enjoying yourself. 
  • Look after your mental health through mindfulness and combatting loneliness, anxiety and depression 
  • Realise our own potential 
  • Cope with the normal stresses of life 
  • Work productively and fruitfully  
  • Make a meaningful contribution to your community.  

The Health and Wellbeing Programme includes four short courses of six sessions each in the following subjects: 

1.    Introduction to Mindfulness 

Tuesday April the 13th, 20th and 27th and May the 4th, 11th and 18th. 

2.    Building Resilience 

Thursday April 15th, 22nd and 29th and May 6th, 13th and 20th.  

  1. Living with Loneliness and Stress 

Tuesday June 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th and July 6th and 13th 

  1. Understanding Anxiety and Depression 

Thursday June 10th, 17th and 24th and May 1st, 8th and 15th.  

Materials including Wellbeing Journal, Happiness Journal, Anxiety Art Therapy book, Kindness workbook, Depression Workbook, Stress Cards and a Jar of daily mindful tasks will be posted out before each workshop.  

Please sign up using the link below, or QR Code above. 

Health & Wellbeing: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fP6q5RuXt0qwORQa02rOwK05iEZYo9hLgaqmj2fswoVUN0tRU1ROSzBRWlhYUzU3SU9PWUQxQTM4SS4u

If you are not able to use the link or QR Code and would prefer to receive a hard copy form or PDF to print off and post back, please contact me.  There are a maximum of 20 places which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Courses in this programme lead onto the suite of L3 accredited counselling and wellbeing courses planned for delivery in September 2021.  

I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the programme. 

Yours sincerely  


Jane Ellis

Rheolwr Llinyn Oedolion First Campus | First Campus Adult Strand Manager 

Prifysgol De Cymru | University of South Wales

Ffon | Tel: (01443) 482912 | 07948347441

E-bost | Email: jane.ellis@southwales.ac.uk