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July 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the July edition of the summer newsletter!

This month has been packed full of outdoor activities, making the most of the fantastic summer weather! We’re really grateful to have been granted funding via the Summer of Fun programme to enable children and young people to undertake a range of activities including trips to castles, surfing, heritage sites and much more! Our regular activities have also continued some online, and some gradually starting to be face to face again.

We hope you all have a relaxing, fun and rewarding summer, staying healthy and safe.

Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO
Families resettled in Swansea mark 5 years!
 
This month has been one of mixed emotions as the team has been busy preparing to receive a new family but also say goodbye to 6 families, as their time on the project after 5 years has come to an end.
 
We were thrilled to welcome a new family, who have settled in well and love their new home! Once out of isolation, we hope to get them registered for ESOL classes and see what their area and wider Swansea has to offer. For 6 families who have been with us for 5 years we held a goodbye celebration and were joined by Mayor Mary Jones and project coordinator Helen Clancy. It was amazing to see and hear about all the progression and positive life changes made by the families, in respect of education, health and many more areas. It was amazing to see all the artwork done by the children and to hear their stories from when the families first arrived in Swansea and how they are integrated in the community. We wish the families all the best!

BAME Helpline Wales receives new funding from Lottery!
Exciting times for the BAME Multi-lingual Helpline Wales! After the successful completion of our pilot phase since August 2020, we have now successfully secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for the next two years! In the new phase, we will continue providing this much-needed service in partnership with Citizen’s Advice Cymru, Promo Cymru and Women Connect First. Clients can reach us via phone, text, webchat, and emails. As a result of the funding, we are recruiting for new Call Handlers! Please do help us spread the word and consider applying yourself! Closing date 6th August!! For details, visit http://www.eyst.org.uk/vacancies.php

Call: 0300 222 5720 (local rate)
Text: 07537 432416
Email: bamehelpline@eyst.org.uk
Five new work placements with BME Invest!
It has been a busy month for the BME Invest team with five new participants starting on the new projects! Joanne and Mabinty are hosted by the BAME Mental Health Support organisation based in Swansea; Mustafa is hosted by the Belonging and BME Sport Cymru projects in EYST; Dan is hosted by Mixtup; whilst Caleb is hosted by Narky Solutions Ltd in Cardiff.

The range of work placements varies from Mental Health Support Worker and Sessional Youth Worker to Graphic Design creative assistant. With current vacancies closing soon for Swansea, Cardiff, and Wrexham for the next placements starting in August, head over to the EYST vacancies on the website to see what is live http://www.eyst.org.uk/vacancies.php

If you are interested in hosting a paid placement (16 hours/week for 16 weeks), or are interested in finding out more about the Active Inclusion Strand 2 placements funded by ESF (European funds) and managed by WCVA, please contact Deborah@eyst.org.uk
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Surfing & Summer Fun with Belonging Project!
We find ourselves in the school holidays – and what a summer it's turning out to be!  

Belonging Project is gearing up for a summer jam-packed with activities, and we are all busy making the final preparations to ensure they run smoothly and safely. We are very pleased to have received additional funding from City & County of Swansea to help fund our packed-out summer! There has already been a huge interest in the available activities! Surfing is now fully booked, while the Art @ Down to Earth and Bushcraft @ Parkmill Heritage Centre are filling up rapidly.

It’s great to see such interest in the Surfing activity, as it is a sport that has not been popular or possible by ethnic minorities, yet is fantastic for health and wellbeing. We hope that young people from our ethnic minority groups will gain the confidence from these summer sessions to consider taking up surfing and encourage their friends and family to do so! 

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Contact Paul@eyst.org.uk for more info
Newport Youth Futures - Learning and exploring!
We have been busy planning fun activities for the summer holidays! These activities included online drop-in sessions to take part in quizzes and fun games, as well as meaningful discussions surrounding career pathways and future subject options for GCSEs. 
Building on the partnership work, we continued to work with Maindee Primary School by delivering an after-school early intervention for the year 6 pupils. Relationships formed and conversations were flowing! The young people are excited to start secondary school and we will be on hand to support them with building resilience and forming aspirations. 
Finally, we partnered up with BME CYP to hold the first “Summer of Fun” activity at Tredegar House. Families and young people experienced an open-air theatre in the glorious July sunset of Newport. Everyone has been through a difficult time with a high proportion of our young people stating that their mental health has been affected by the lockdowns. The feedback received was amazing with one of the beneficiaries saying: 

“We enjoyed watching the show and visiting the location where it took place. It was beautiful. Everyone was extremely friendly, and we had the opportunity to meet new people. We'd love to do it again. Huge thank you to the team who had helped to organise this event for us.”  

Contact Shahinoor@eyst.org.uk to find out more
Race Alliance Wales - a collaborative platform for action!
It has been a busy and exciting month for Race Alliance Wales, who have recruited 6 peer researchers to explore young people’s experiences and perceptions of policing in Wales. They are currently developing their research design and will start their data collection shortly. One of the peer researchers, Fateha, described the opportunity as “A cross between anger and elation. The research paper will explore themes of policing and the views BAME community. It highlights so many trials and tribulations that we are all too aware of – but there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. We just might be able to make a change – this is the biggest reward of all.”

RAW acts as a collaborative space for individuals and organisations to come together and challenge racism in Wales. RAW holds bi-monthly General Meetings where members, supporters and the public come together to discuss the latest campaigns on race equality. The most recent one was on 26th July and focused on Racism in Sport. We also hosted a Racism in Education roundtable with Professor Charlotte Williams and Abu-Bakr Madden exploring racism in education. If you missed it, you can catch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwmB-s_jGrg The next General Meeting is on Monday 18th October 12-2pm Join in! Invite your friends and colleagues!

Contact info@racealliance.wales for more
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Congratulations Noorey from SRP Project!
During the month of July, the Orientation team has been in full swing supporting resettled families in Carmarthenshire, Powys and Pembroke. We’re really proud to share that our family support worker Noorey Noureldin has worked hard to achieve a level 4 NVQ; Noorey has had continued success by then wowing his way through a job interview, and securing an offer to start new employment in Cambridge - A huge congratulations from the whole EYST family.

The Carmarthen project has been working hard to support three new Afghan clients; we are pleased to say that they have settled in really well and the support from our team is ongoing.

Contact Helal@eyst.org.uk
Sanctuary Team Swansea - getting together again!
The Sanctuary team has been feeling the heat! At the beginning of the month, Sophie and Aliya had 80 appointments in one week; amazing dedication to supporting our clients! Later on in the month, the team enjoyed a picnic at the beach making use of such beautiful weather and fellowship.

As restrictions ease, the team has been enjoying being back at the office one day a week, with the hope to go back twice a week from August, we are seeing lots of new people arriving in Swansea.

The Sanctuary Hub have made an Instagram page called “eyst.sanctuaryhub’ check it out!

Contact Sophie@eyst.org.uk for more info
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Supporting Children and families to have fun in the sun!
As restrictions ease, the BME CYP Team have been busy trying to support children and young people; this month alone the team has had 8 more referrals and countless enquiries about our summer activities. The team has continued with our advocacy work and doing DAF, BRC, device request and Crisis fund applications for our beneficiaries.

The BME CYP team has partnered together with the NYF team to plan and deliver a 'Summer of Fun' activities programme for both our Newport and Cardiff beneficiaries. We have had Provisional funding granted by Newport City Council from their Summer of Fun 2021 grant to deliver the Newport part of this project. The project will include day trips to Cardiff Castle, Techniquest and Tredegar House as well as football sessions, youth sessions at a local mosque, go- karting, mini-golf and many other fun activities. The project will offer free access to these activities for our beneficiaries.

Family Link Project  and Wellbeing & Advocacy Project for 50+

We would also like to introduce Jorna Ali who has replaced our family support worker Rena during her maternity leave on the Family Link Project in Swansea, and Jasmin Maruf our new Advocacy Officer for BAME elders (50+) in Newport who will support people to get back into the community again after 16 month of Pandemic, tackling isolation and depression.

Contact Jorna@eyst.org.uk and Jasmin@eyst.org.uk  to find out more
All Wales BAME Engagement Programme – Older people, Mental Health and Online Activism!
The All Wales BAME Engagement Programme has had a busy month! At the beginning of the month we hosted and live-streamed an event ‘Online Activism & The Digital Space’ with 4 guest panellists: Malika Imray, Andrew Ogun, Rania Vamvaka and Sondra Butterworth whilst Lenaine led the discussion. The guests offered their insight into the power of the digital space and how to navigate it through an intersectional lens whilst protecting your own mental health. Event can be viewed here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mnxeaaVwzExX  

The Older Persons Stakeholders Roundtable event also took place mid-month, with Helena Herklots the Older People’s Commissioner of Wales as key speaker. This was a very successful event where Helena outlined her key priorities as Commissioner for older people and any areas of actions and development, and stakeholders shared information about their own services, identified gaps and priorities -  Look out for a further roundtable in the Autumn!

Finally, we’re pleased to report that the Time to Change Wales and EYST partnership is underway. We are working together to explore how we can break the stigma and open the conversation on mental health amongst ethnic minority community groups. See https://www.timetochangewales.org.uk/en/about/news/time-change-wales-and-eyst-partnership/. Time to Change Wales also delivered Champions training to EYST staff earlier in the month – discussing ways in which we can share our experiences e.g. video, blog and the impact that that can have.

Contact judy@eyst.org.uk for more info
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