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EYST Stakeholder Newsletter

Welcome to our latest Stakeholder Newsletter which is a regular monthly round-up of useful information for the ethnic minority voluntary and community sector in Wales, 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
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Coronavirus - All of Wales
is at alert level 0 

Despite the ease of restrictions, remember to keep Wales safe as we have not reached a position to remove all protections.

From 28th January:

  • Nightclubs will be able to re-open
  • COVID Pass needed for large indoor events, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • Working from home remains important but moves from law to guidance
  • In hospitality, no restrictions on meeting people and no requirement for table service or 2 metre physical distancing
  • Face coverings still required on public transport and in most indoor public places

Information taken from here:


Sports Wales Be Active Wales Fund

The Be Active Wales Fund aims to protect and progress community sport clubs and organisations in Wales through the Covid-19 pandemic and into the future.

The fund has already helped many clubs and organisations across Wales face the challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. It will continue to provide funding to help clubs tackle these challenges, and to ensure sustainability for years to come. 

The £4 million fund has been made possible through money Sport Wales receives from Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

There are two types of grants available:

  • Protect - For clubs and community organisations at immediate financial risk
    • Grants of £300-£50,000 are available for emergency support
  • Progress - For long-term sustainability for clubs 
    • Grants of £300-£50,000* are available
*You will need to make a contribution of 10% for grants over £10k or 20% over £25k.

Funding decisions are made within 20 days of submission.

Go here for more information
Tesco Community Grant

Tesco Community Grants is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. It is a rolling programme whereby every three months, three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to a public vote. If the vote is won, the requested amount will be granted.

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

Applications are open to all local good causes but are currently prioritising helping projects that support food security as well as children and young people.

Go here for more information

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Lloyds Bank Foundation funds small and local charities to aid their work in helping people overcome complex social issues. Charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a proven track record in enacting positive change through people-centred services are supported.

Applications are open all-year round. A decision is aimed to be made within four months.

You can apply for funding in one of the following areas:

  • Addiction and Dependency
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Care Leavers
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Homeless and Vulnerably Housed
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Offending, Prison or Community Service
  • Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Young Parents
Go here for more information
Early Years Wales Small Grant

Early Years Wales, in association with The Moondance Foundation, are offering a small one-off grant to members who are struggling with short-term sustainability, adapting to new ways of working & increased costs or set-up costs.

Grants of up to £500 are being offered for settings registered for 1-19 children and £750 for 20 children and over.

Applications are invited from all childcare settings including toddler groups. Toddler groups can apply for up to £500 and do not need to complete the CIW regulatory section of the application form.

For more information and an application form, get in touch with

Go here for more information


A Study on Unpaid Carers Experience

Carers Trust Wales is carrying out a study to understand experiences of unpaid carers from Black and minority ethnic communities in Wales. The aim is to improve recognition and support received in health and social care settings.

"If you look after a friend or family member who could not cope without your support, we really want to speak with you!"

To find out more, please contact Tim Banks at or 07790 398466. A small hamper will be offered as a thanks for taking part.

Young People's Virtual Genomics Cafe
Are you a young person interested in finding out more about genomics and health, or affected by a rare or genetic condition? Join Wales Gene Park in their upcoming Young People's Virtual Genomics Cafe. These events are aimed at those aged 16 to 25 but everyone is welcome.

Young People's Virtual Genomics Cafe
Thursday 3 March 2022

6 - 7.30pm Via Zoom
March's cafe will feature relaxed talks including:
  • A Genomic Fairy Tale:   How is genomics represented in the media?  - Rhys Vaughan, Wales Gene Park
  • Writing Science:   How genetics and genomics can and should shape drama  - Lisa Parry, Illumine Theatre
  • A Musical Explanation of Epigenetics  - Dr Karen Reed, Wales Gene Park
All sessions are free to attend.
To register for the Virtual Cafe, go here -
Urban Circle are looking for recipe and/or poetry submissions!
Pots, Pans & Poetry is an Arts Council Wales funded project that aims to connect people within our communities through culture and creativity. Urban Circle Newport is inviting submissions of recipes and/or poems that will be collated into a published collection.

Recipes can be any dish but should have cultural significance. Specific measurements, methods and cooking instructions as well as number of servings will need to be provided.

Poems can take any format but must not exceed 500 words. Poems should respond to the themes of culture, community or food.

Submission closes 28th February at 7pm. For more information, go here

Send your submissions to
Workshop on how to support Players and Club Members during Ramadan

Ahead of the month of Ramadan this workshop will provide advice on how best to support Players and Club Members during the month. Participants will learn more about Ramadan and why Muslims fast during the month while debunking some myths.

Participants will also get the opportunity for a Q and A with a faith advisor from Nujum Sports.

Aims of the workshop:

  • Develop an understanding of Ramadan.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to support a Player or Club Member who is fasting.
  • Challenge some of the myths and stereotypes that exist around Ramadan.
  • To further understand the challenges faced by Muslims in football and the solutions to addressing them.

Participants will receive:

  • Ramadan Awareness factsheet
  • On-going support & guidance.

The workshop will take place online via Zoom and is limited in numbers.

To register:
The CAE Football is back!

The CAE is hosting a free football tournament, taking place at the LC in Swansea every other Saturday from 1-3pm. Participation is strictly by registration.

These events are to help reduce isolation of individuals and facilitate in the creation of relationships in the community.

To register:

Email for more information or you can text him on 07577366791.


Welsh Government Apprenticeship Scheme 2022 opening soon

The Welsh Government is advertising up to 50 apprenticeship opportunities in March. An apprenticeship is a great career choice whether you are leaving school or college, returning to work after starting a family or looking for a new career.

  • Earn £21,300 a year while you train
  • Get 31 days holidays, 10 public holidays and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a good work/life balance
  • Study for a Level 3 qualification in Finance, Digital Data and Technology or Business Administration
  • Develop a range of skills

What next?

Visit:  The Welsh Government Talent Bank  to register interest.

And you can browse through Welsh Government work and gain a better understanding of the civil service in Wales by visiting:

Children's Commissioner for Wales are looking for 3x Non-Executive Members
Three new Independent (non-Executive) Members are being recruited to sit on the Children's Commissioner's Audit and Risk Committee.

Members will be expected to scrutinise, challenge, and provide independent advice to the new children’s commissioner, Rocio Cifuentes, on how her office is governed, how it manages risk, and how effective and efficient the team applies public funds.

The appointment is for a term of three years and members will be invited to start in post in April 2022.

The expected time commitment for this role is 6 days per year which is not remunerated.

A day rate of £300 will be offered for periodic additional commitments.

Go here for more information on the role

The closing date to apply is before 5pm, on 28th February 2022.


Photo: Huw Evans Agency, as sourced from TheNational.Wales
This month, we are featuring the BBC Wales documentary that aired earlier in the year titled, 'Death of Two Black Men: Police in the Spotlight'. Filmed a year on from the tragic deaths of Mohamud Hassan and Mouayed Bashir, their respective families speak exclusively to BBC Wales Investigates reporter Mo Jannah. The programme also examines what police forces are doing to tackle concerns over claims of racism and the disproportionate use of force. 

Go here to view the programme on BBC iPlayer


This month's spotlight is on Glitter Cymru!

We are pleased to be shining the light on Glitter Cymru in February, which also happens to be LGBT+ History Month. The theme is mind, body and spirit for this year which Glitter Cymru has encapsulated in an online exhibition - placing together the positive and peaceful moments from what has been a tough period of time for the Queer Ethnic Minority Community amidst the pandemic. Furthermore, Glitter Cymru recently launched a report - a first of its kind - titled, 'LGBTQ+ Asylum Seeker Housing Needs Report' in collaboration with DPIA.

Their work has been tremendous in supporting BAME LGBT+ people, however it remains true that we need to actively work together to ensure all communities have the opportunities to thrive. We therefore look forward to seeing this work continue in a collaborative and pragmatic manner to welcome all in Wales!

For more information, please contact Glitter Cymru via email at
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