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EYST's BAME COVID Bi-Weekly Round Up 
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BAME COVID Round Up - Edition No. 11

This is a regular round-up of all things related to Covid 19 and BAME Communities in Wales. We are sharing this on behalf of the Welsh Government as part of our funded role, although EYST, and not WG, have developed the content. We hope it is useful! If you would like to submit information for a future edition, please do email Lenaine@eyst.org.uk with BAME COVID News in the email Subject line.

Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO

COVID-19 Information for Wales

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and to stay safe as the new strains of COVID are spreading. Now that Wales is at alert level 4, you may be confused about what you can do in Wales. Here is a summary of the current rules:

  • There is a blanket rule to stay home where possible, but there are no travel restrictions within Wales. However, you can only travel outside of Wales if your journey is essential. This includes travelling to England for work.
  • You must still work from home where possible.
  • You cannot visit each other's homes except in limited circumstances, including if you are concerned for someone's mental wellbeing.
  • You must maintain social distancing and wear a face-covering in indoor public places.
  • You must self-isolate for 10 days if you show symptoms of Covid-19, or if you are told to do so by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect.

Click here for the new rules in full.

As it has now been confirmed to the country that mass vaccination is being rolled out in the coming weeks, there is understandable anxiety and trepidation about the vaccine and its contents. The Government has confirmed that those most vulnerable will be receiving it first and that everyone should stay home, and stay safe where possible. More information about the vaccine, given by Dr. Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine & Preventable Diseases Programme at Public Health Wales is available here

The resources are also available to download and read online at the PHW COVID-19 vaccination microsite under the resources section

Vaccinations Across the Nation: An Informative Session on Covid Vaccines
On the 13th of January 2021, EYST alongside Public Health Wales is working together to facilitate an open discussion with the public to air issues and concerns regarding the new Covid-19 vaccine and the vaccination process. This forum will be held on zoom and to gain access please email Amr@eyst.org.uk.

The forum will be attended by a Public Health Wales representative who will explain exactly how the vaccination process works, the contents of the vaccine, and how it can help the wider community. All are welcome to attend and to better help equip all of us to fight against Covid-19! 
EHRC Inquiry - Call for Evidence: Racial Inequality of Workers in Health and Social Care 

During these unprecedented times, we cannot forget those who've been hit the hardest by both Covid-19 and discrimination. Therefore there is an inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care, triggered by the pandemic. The inquiry considers how ethnic minority health and social care workers' treatment has been influenced or exacerbated by:

Race, Employment Status, Immigration Status, and Working Conditions 

The EHRC is calling on all the members of our communities to complete a confidential survey, sharing their experiences and observations, and  they wish to particularly hear from the following groups:
 

  • Ethnic minority workers within lower-paid roles in the Health and Social care sector 

  • Co-workers of ethnic minority workers

  • Health and Social care employers

  • Organisations who support workers, e.g Trade Unions 

More information regarding the inquiry is available at https://bit.ly/2L5cNTC 
The deadline for submissions is Sunday 7th February and any queries about the inquiry, you can contact the email: ri@eqalityhumanrights.com.

GCSE and A-Levels approach for 2021
It has been confirmed by First Minister Mark Drakeford that schools in Wales will remain shut until February, and are unlikely to re-open until after Half-term. Furthermore, there will be no end of year GCSE, AS, or A-Level exams for the 2021 school year. Instead, the Welsh Government will work with schools and colleges to produce regular assessments managed by teachers, including assessments which will be externally marked. EYST provides homework clubs and external help for those still in education over zoom, across Wales and to access these resources please email Lucy@eyst.org.uk.

For more information about the new approach to qualifications, click here
BMA Guidance - Widening Participation in Medicine 
While Covid-19 is in focus for all decision-makers, leaders, and doctors at present, there are other key issues that the BMA are continuing to work on as well. One of these is about widening participation in medicine. Earlier this month the British Medical Association (BMA) produced a YouTube seminar in celebration of Black History Month. The aim was to provide some tips and inspiring stories for anyone dreaming of a medical career but who may think that they do not have the opportunity – you can view the YouTube seminar here. This is for the benefit of having an NHS that fully reflects us and our community. 

Additionally, BMA Cymru Wales has produced a guide for students in school in Wales about pursuing medicine and becoming doctors. This is available in both Welsh and English.
SETTLED - Job Vacancy

2021 will bring enormous challenges for anyone affected by Brexit - none more so than European citizens who have made their home in the UK. The charity Settled was set up 18 months ago to help meet their needs and has already provided information, advice and support to thousands of Europeans in numerous languages. The small team of regional Service Co-ordinators train and manage volunteers to reach diverse communities and deliver multi-lingual information and advice services in different parts of the UK, and they're seeking an additional Service Co-ordinator to lead their work in North Wales and Powys, and the Midlands including but not limited to the Leicester, Birmingham and Northampton. 

It is an exciting opportunity to make an impact in an important field! 


To apply, submit a CV and a covering letter which explains your suitability in detail, and considers the Job Description and Person Specification. 

The deadline for applications is 15th January 2021, but feel free to apply early! More information can be found here.

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