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EYST Stakeholder Newsletter

Welcome to the second EYST’s Stakeholder Newsletter which is a regular monthly round-up of useful information for the ethnic minority voluntary and community sector, including information on funding opportunities, training, jobs, boards and development, as well as important updates from the Welsh Government. We also plan to feature important news or projects from the sector, so do send us anything you would like shared to lenaine@eyst.org.uk. Hope you enjoy this read and we’d also love to hear your feedback on ways to improve. Thank you 😊

Coronavirus - Alert Level 0 for Wales 

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has announced new coronavirus restrictions for Wales. From August 7th, Wales will move fully to alert level zero, including: 

  • There will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events. 
  • All businesses and premises can open, including nightclubs.
  • People should still work from home wherever possible
  • Face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review.
  • Fully vaccinated adults, under 18s and vaccine trial participants, will not need to self-isolate if they are in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
However, some important protections will continue to be in place to give everyone the confidence to enjoy the summer ahead. 

These include:
  • Everyone must continue to isolate for 10 days if they have Covid-19 symptoms or if they have a positive test result.
  • Face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor public places in Wales, including on public transport, in shops and in healthcare settings. There will be exemptions for people who cannot wear them, as there are currently.
  • All those responsible for premises open to the public and workplaces must carry out a Covid risk assessment and continue to take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
 

The First Minister said: 


“Taking responsibility and working together means we can all do the things we’ve missed the most. We’ve all got a reason to keep Wales safe."

Read more here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

WCVA Funding Opportunities

Wales Council for Voluntary Action has many different funding streams open at the moment! The Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales will be opening for its third phase very soon, and already open is the Volunteering Wales grants scheme which seeks to unlock the potential for further embedding and/or upscaling of the coordinated volunteering that has been demonstrated during the Coronavirus pandemic. Grants range between £30,000 and £50,000 and the deadline for this fund is the 20th August 2021. More information is available at: https://wcva.cymru/funding/vwg/ 

Other funding opportunities include:

 

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Racial Equity Strand Now Open!

The Lloyds Bank Foundation's Racial Equity Strand is now open across all of England and Wales for funding applications. 25% of this year's grants will be allocated specifically to charities led by-and-for Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.  

Eligible organisations are those working to overcome the following social issues in Black, Asian or minority ethnic communities:

  • Addiction and dependency
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homelessness and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents

The funding is for a two-year's unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help charities navigate change. There is no closing date for applications, however for funding decisions by the end of 2021, an application must be submitted by 10th September 2021. 


More information is available at: https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/we-fund/racial-equity?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=socials&utm_campaign=RE_2021 

Sport Wales - Be Active Wales!

Sport Wales has launched two new funding streams designed to address different challenges faced by organisations.

The protect grant aims to help protect clubs and community groups that are at immediate financial risk as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This grant is between £300 - £5,000 for emergency support.

The Progress grant aims to support and progress sport and activity into long term sustainability.  The main focus of this grant is tackling inequality, creating sustainable long term solutions and generating innovative approaches to issues within clubs and organisations. For this stream, there are grants available between £300 - £50,000.

These grants are ongoing and funding decisions are made within 20 working days of submission. 


More information is available at:  https://www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund/ 

CONSULTATIONS & ENGAGEMENT  OPPORTUNITIES

National Museum Wales & Carers Trust Wales
The Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales is hosting a workshop focusing on gathering together community partners in order to help explore ways in which the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru can be made more digitally and physically accessible across Wales. This workshop is in the spirit of co-creation and focuses on bringing in communities to facilitate change in the National Museum Wales.

•    The workshop will be held 17 September 10:00 am-12:00 pm
•    £50 will be given to each organisation that is represented, or £50 to individuals that are not part of an organisation
•    Additional support is available if required
•    RSVP owain.rhys@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk

 

Carers Trust Wales has a live survey out which aims to hear from carers from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities about their experiences in health and social care. The aim is to transform the recognition, respect, and support received by unpaid carers in health and social care settings by listening and learning from the experiences of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic individuals. 

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes and you can take the survey here at: 
www.oc-meridian.com/OCQ/u/CTW166

 

JOB + BOARD OPPORTUNITIES

Engage Cymru - Project Co-Ordinator 
Engage Cymru has an exciting new opportunity as a Freelance Project Coordinator available as the Engaging Ethnically Diverse Young People Project Co-ordinator. Within this role, you will be supporting ethnically diverse young people to gain creative skills, tackle some of the pre-existing concerns around diversity and youth arts engagement support the wider gallery/visual arts sector and much more. 

The role will run from September 2021 - June 2022 and the applicant must be Wales-based with the opportunity to work from home. The deadline for the role is September 3rd, 2021 at 10:00 AM.

More information is available at: https://engage.org/happenings/engaging-ethnically-diverse-young-people-project-coordinator/

 
Tennis Wales - Committee Members wanted! 

Tennis Wales are looking for new voluntary members! Currently, there are five vacancies on their Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion sub-committee. The goal is to help support Tennis Wales efforts to diversify tennis in Wales and help achieve their strategy of 'tennis opened up across Wales.' These are non-salaried positions, however, travel and other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed for attendance at meetings and events on behalf of Tennis Wales.

The deadline is the 31st August 2021, and more information is available at: https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/in-your-area/tennis-wales/tennis-wales-news/news-items/july-2021/tennis-wales-are-recruiting-volunteer-members-for-their-equality-diversity-and-inclusion-sub-committee/

Sustrans - Support Officer 
Sustrans is looking for a support officer! The role entails providing systems and administrative support for specific funded projects and initiatives as well as acting as the first point of contact for the Cymru regional office.

The role is fixed-term until March 2023 and is based in Cardiff, with the opportunity to work from home. The deadline for the role is 9am on Wednesday 18 August 2021.

More information is available at: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/job-vacancies/support-officer-swyddog-cymorth/
Wales Commissioner - Equality and Human Rights Commission
The UK government is looking to appoint a Welsh Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Within this role, you would be responsible for working with the Chair and Chief Executive to set the strategic direction of the EHRC, scrutinise the EHRC's performance and support the Chair in holding the Chief Executive to account. 

The deadline for this role is the 3rd September 2021 at 5 PM. More information is available at:                     
https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/wales-commissioner-of-the%20equality-and-human-rights-commission/ 

RESOURCES FOR THE SECTOR

EYST Wales have updated their Map/ Directory of Ethnic Minority Community Groups and Organisations in Wales comprising over 120 groups that are active across Wales.  If your group is missing and you would like it to feature then please contact Judy@eyst.org.uk. They have also produced a Research Library on Race & Ethnicity in Wales bringing together relevant and up to date research pertaining to race and ethnicity in Wales. If you are aware of new research which you would like to be added please email Judy@eyst.org.uk  

SPOTLIGHT ON THE SECTOR

This month's spotlight is on Friends of Cymru Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia!


Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia are two rare blood disorders that are inherited, life-long, life-threatening, and for which there is no universal cure. These debilitating disorders predominantly affect people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.  We (FOCSCT) are the only organisation in Wales founded specifically to support adults and children who live with either of the disorders and also to support their families/carers. We’ve been running through volunteers for 20 years, but the impact of the pandemic has meant a huge increase in the vulnerability of the people we support. To meet this need, we’re pleased to report that we have recently gained funding from National Lottery Community Fund to enable us to employ a Development Manager - Faith Walker, and from Children in Need for a part-time Children’s Development Worker. We’re recruiting for this second position now, so please contact faith.focsct@gmail.com if you‘d like to know more. 
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