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Cardiff’s Race Equality Taskforce

Deadline Sept 18th to apply to be member of Cardiff’s Race Equality Taskforce

In autumn 2020, Cardiff Council will convene a Race Equality Taskforce to address racial discrimination and promote race equality in the city.

Last month, the Equality Team launched both the public appointment process for membership of the Race Equality Taskforce and the community consultation which will inform its priorities.

Below, you will find further information regarding the Call for Membership and the Consultation: ‘Your priorities for the Cardiff Race Equality Taskforce.’ You can also find full details of both the public appointment process and the consultation on a dedicated page on the Council website.

This is an important opportunity for our residents to make their voices heard in shaping the future of our city and the vitally important work of the Race Equality Taskforce in the months ahead. 

Please share this email widely through your networks to maximise the visibility of these initiatives.

If you have any questions in relation to the Taskforce, the Call for Membership and/or the Consultation, please email equalityteam@cardiff.gov.uk.

Call for Membership:

Cardiff’s Race Equality Taskforce will drive coordinated and strategic action to address inequality in the city. The Race Equality Taskforce will be comprised of the Chair and 14 members.

The Taskforce will be responsible for advancing a programme of change and transformation to create a fairer city for our Black and Minority Ethnic residents. 

The Equality Team are seeking applications for Taskforce Membership from individuals with insight and interest in race, ethnicity and human rights, who have the ability, experience, opportunity and influence to make changes in their sector, industry and institutions or organisations.

It is expected that individuals will have experience in one or more of the following fields:

Voluntary Sector and Community Organisations Education, including Further
and Higher Education
Public Services Sport  
Major Employers and
Small-to-Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Trade Unions
Culture and the Arts Children and Young People

The full details of how to apply, and the relevant application form and accompanying guidance, can be found at: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Your-Council/Strategies-plans-and-policies/Equality-diversity-and-cohesion/race-equality-taskforce/Pages/default.aspx

Consultation:  ‘Your priorities for the Cardiff Race Equality Taskforce’

In preparation for the launch of the Race Equality Taskforce, the Equality Team have launched a public consultation to seek the views of Cardiff residents, particularly those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, on the Taskforce’s strategic priorities. 

The Equality Team want to know what our residents think are the biggest issues, and the greatest opportunities, for Black and Minority Ethnic Cardiffians, so we can focus our thinking and resources into finding the solutions that will have the greatest impact. 

Reviewing our evidence base on race inequality in Cardiff, Wales and the UK more broadly, in this consultation the Equality Team propose some suggested areas of initial focus. These suggestions are areas where we believe the Taskforce could have a considerable impact in driving meaningful change to advance race equality. 

In this consultation, we want to understand if our residents agree that these suggested areas should be Taskforce priorities, or if we could be more effective by focusing on other areas. 

The findings of this consultation will significantly shape the work of the Taskforce in the months ahead, with task-orientated work streams established for each priority, up to a maximum of four.

This approach will enable the Taskforce to benefit from the expertise of credible practitioners who will support the Taskforce to identify substantive and evidence-based recommendations to improve race equality in Cardiff within each theme.

The consultation can be accessed via the following links: Welsh / English

RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION – Survey on BAME Representation in Public and Political life

SURVEY ON BAME REPRESENTATION IN PUBLIC AND POLITICAL LIFE – click here to complete – DEADLINE Monday 24th August

As part of the RAW Project Development Worker Remit, we are undertaking peer research into the topic of BAME Representation in Public and Political life.

Our Peer Researchers have been working tirelessly over the last month to pull together a number of methods that they are rolling out through August as part of their Active Research Phase. This include a general landscape survey, with the aim to obtain general population view, experiences, and thoughts on the topic.

This is looking to be a ground-breaking piece of research, not done in an independent capacity, in this way, before. To be able to analyse and provide enough credible data, we would appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey before the 24th August. The outcomes and recommendations that will come from the research will be used as a key lobbying tool to elicit change

click here to complete – DEADLINE Monday 24th August

The survey is targeted at the following:

–          18+

–          Identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)

–          Living in Wales

–          General Public

If you have any questions about the survey please do contact the Peer Researchers on the email above, or you may contact jami@eyst.org.uk who is leading on the Peer Research management.

If, alternatively, you have a particular aspiration to Public or Political Life, or are currently/previously engaged in a Public / Political position, and would be interested in joining a focus group/ interview/completing a specific questionnaire – please do contact the Peer Researchers above.

Race Alliance Wales – Secretariat

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Communities connecting through good food across Cardiff and Vale

Get Togethers

Bridging the Distance: Re-connecting our communities through good food

by Food for Life Get Togethers

An event to open conversations and hear about initiatives by ACE and SRCDC and how organisations can share ideas and potential solutions to continue to engage communities through food.

Click on the Link below to find out more:

Bridging the Distance: Re-connecting our communities through good food

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:

Survey

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

Scams – phone, email and door

Many criminals are looking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are a host of new scams circulating:

E-mail claiming to be HMRC – delete these HMRC will contact via post.

Bank loans – banks will not contact you via email or phone unsolicited.

Callers (Wales) has had a number of people targeting the vulnerable members of society offering to ‘help’ or provide PPE.

Some have asked for donations to ‘Charities’. Others to offer ‘tests’ for Coronavirus.

More information can be found here. https://www.south-wales.police.uk/en/advice/fraud-and-scams/

And here https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/swansea/news-events/recent-voucher-scam-in-the-swansea-area

If you are a relative or friend of a vulnerable person – please let them know these scams are taking place – ask them to phone you, if they are called or contacted. Help protect them. Reassure them you are able to help them.

Wyndham St Pantry – update

The Wyndham Street Pantry has been set up to help local residents to get great quality food at a brilliant price! We were already planning to start a  pantry at SRCDC this year  because we’ve seen first hand what a difference it has made in other parts of the city but we decided to speed up our opening to respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

    As a community anchor organisation we wanted to set up something that would make a real difference to people in our local community on a day to day basis. Before the crisis, the cost of living had never been higher, now we face a community where many of our most vulnerable are even more isolated, where family members may have suddenly lost some or most of the income and where people are having to provide additional food costs to fill the gaps of educational providers. 

We’ve set up the Wyndham Street Pantry because despite these struggles we think everyone should be able to access a wide selection of healthy, exciting food! 

  For people thinking about ordering from the Wyndham Street Pantry, we charge £2.50 per package and for that you get over £15 worth of shopping (3 full bags). We get our food from Fareshare Cymru who provide us with fresh fruit and Vegetables, tinned good, dried goods such as cereals, crisps and rice, dairy products, Meat, Vegetarian dishes and desserts.We don’t know exactly what we’ll get each week but we know it will be high quality, a great selection and you will be able to plan A LOT of meals form it. 

  In our first 2 weeks we have sent 73 deliveries out  to local residents and we are happy to say we have had great feedback, Ms E, a single Mum currently self-isolating said, “Little one and I received our first order and we’re overwhelmed! Incredible! thank you so so much, this is so incredibly useful to us!” Another Pantry customer reported back ” We are over the moon with the food, we will get so many meals out of this food, we really do appreciate it.”

 We would like to thank FoodCardiff, the Martin Lewis Fund, Cardiff Council as well as the Helping Working Families Fund from The National Lottery for helping us set the Pantry up and The local Probation Team, Oasis, Women Connect First and Horn Development Association and ACE for providing staff to help us run so smoothly! A great community effort to help people struggling to access food for themselves or their family. 

If you are think a pantry delivery would be of help at the moment or you know someone in Riverside, Grangetown or Canton who you think could benefit  just text your name and address to 07399810653. We will confirm your delivery slot on Monday and we make our deliveries on a Wednesday. If you would like to get involved in any other way you can also contact us on the same number.

Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff

Free online workshops (for adults)

  • Pollinator identification
  • Seasonal gardening tasks for wildlife
  • Creating, maintaining and enhancing habitat for pollinators.

More info in English: https://community.rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/wales/b/wales-blog/posts/urban-buzz-workshops

More info in Welsh: https://community.rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/wales/b/wales-blog/posts/gweithdai-urban-buzz

Free activities for children, families and schools

Over the past few weeks we’ve also been developing a number of online resources for children, families and schools:

  • Habitat Explorer competition for children and families – link here
  • Uploading lots of educational resources onto HWB – link here
  • ‘Garden Ecosystem Expedition’ video lesson on Youtube – link here
  • Sharing fun resources for families on our Facebook group – link here
Jazz Austin 
Rheolwr Project, Rhoi cartref i fyd natur yng Nghaerdydd | Project Manager, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff 

Pencadlys RSPB Cymru Castlebridge 3, 5 – 19 Heol Ddwyreiniol y Bontfaen, Caerdydd, CF11 9AB 
RSPB Cymru Wales Headquarters Castlebridge 3, 5-19 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF11 9AB 

Ffôn/Tel 02920 353318 
rspb.org.uk