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February 2022 Newsletter

It’s been an action-packed month in EYST, and our youth team has been particularly busy offering a range of fun-packed trips and activities over the half-term holiday. From canoeing in the Brecon canal to go-karting in Newport, young people have had no excuse to be bored this school holiday! Our All Wales Engagement Team have equally been busy organising a number of topical forums from Universal Basic Income, to Media and representation of ethnic minorities. As the month ends however, we feel heartbroken at the outbreaking of war in Ukraine, and extend our solidarity to all those around the world whose families, homes and lives are under attack.

Let's hope for peace.  
 
Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO
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Winter of Wellbeing Project - EYST Wrexham
In Wrexham, children and young people were able to enjoy multiple trips across half-term. This included an Escape Room session at Breakout, Chester followed by a meal at Nando's, and a day trip visiting Liverpool F.C stadium, Anfield!
A trip to Cadbury's World was also arranged - thanks to our youth worker Arlete for partnering with Wrexham African Community group in order to make this possible. The opportunity to make and taste chocolate could not be missed!

After a week of activity, we are back to our usual youth drop-ins but look forward to the next set of day trips. Special thanks goes out to our funders at Wrexham Council for recent Youth Support grants and the Winter of Wellbeing.

For more info, please contact Arlete@eyst.org.uk
Winter of Wellbeing Project reaches EYST Swansea
The Winter of Wellbeing project was able to support our EYST Swansea youth group with a trip to the Waterfront Museum featuring a guided tour. We were pleased to see an old member of EYST there too. Small world! 😊 

Additionally, other trips were arranged via our BME Sport Cymru project thanks to Nicky with support from Swansea Local Authority. 20 young people travelled to Limitless, a trampoline park and in a separate trip, 14 young people travelled to Newport to take part in go-karting!

It was a beautiful week as we had 53 different young people go on 3 trips, and an overall 124 visits to our Drop-In Centre. This level of engagement would not have been possible without our staff and funders, especially as we know how important this work is.

For more info, please contact Nicky@eyst.org.uk
Newport Youth Futures joins in on Half-Term Fun!
The Newport Youth Futures group also had their fair share of fun. A day trip was arranged to Wembley, including a tour of Wembley Stadium attended by 28 young people.

In addition, an outdoors day was booked at Gilwern Activity Centre engaging 23 young people. Archery, climbing and canoeing was enjoyed by all - a great way to burn off some energy over half-term! 

Special thanks to Newport City Council's Mental Health Youth Support Grant for supporting these activities.

For more info, please contact Shahinoor@eyst.org.uk
Race Alliance Wales to take part in Peer Research Conference!
Race Alliance Wales are delighted to be taking part in The Young Foundation's first-ever peer research conference, Hive.  The two-day conference will be a place for creative minds and participatory research to meet. We will be hosting a session on, 'Show us you care: exploring the cumulative impact of racism upon racialised young people in Wales'.   When? Wednesday, 23rd March. Register for your ticket: https://bit.ly/34zz9WF

Join Race Alliance Wales to explore current debates, discuss key issues, and expand your network. Race Alliance Wales - Membership Or email Assia@eyst.org.uk
Transport Project goes live!
Bus ticket day! Thanks to Rudina for launching the project
Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, the Sanctuary Team's Transport Project is now live, offering free local bus and train travel for asylum seekers living in Swansea. Funded by the Welsh Government, the pilot project aims to support asylum seekers receiving sections 4, 95, 98 support from the Home Office and those who are refused support and have exhausted their rights to appeal by providing them with a travel ticket to their appointments. It will also help the Welsh Government understand the transportation needs of asylum seekers in Wales and gather evidence to consider whether asylum seekers can access concessionary travel, similar to that which is provided to other groups of people.
 
The scheme is being delivered across Wales by partners Oasis CardiffEYST and the lead partner Welsh Refugee Council. By telephone and face to face, staff and volunteers will administer requests for travel tickets and collect data about people travel needs. The scheme is not available to asylum-seeking children receiving support from local authorities.

This month, we are pleased to see the Welsh Assembly Government's response to the Nationality and Borders Bill and are proud of their commitment to being a Nation of Sanctuary.

For more info regarding the Transport Project, please email Rudina@eyst.org.uk
All Wales Team Continues to Connect through Forums

The All Wales Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Engagement Team ran the Diversity, Cultural & Religious Awareness session again this month, as well as a forum on Universal Basic Income. Thanks to UBI Lab Wales and The Future Generations Commissioner’s Office for joining in to offer their insights into the Welsh pilot scheme! A lot of great questions were raised in the chat too, generating a lot of thought and discussion on the possibilities of UBI and what this could mean for the individual, family and those with accessibility needs.

In addition, we have been busy planning ahead and have a jam-packed month coming up full of forums and discussions (see below). It looks to be a collaborative time as we finalise on a few details including a forum with RENEW to discuss environmental issues with our minority ethnic communities. This will be held w/c 14 March. For more info please email Selima@eyst.org.uk
Our next forum is on 9th March on the topic of News & Media Representation. Register at https://bit.ly/EYST_MediaForum

We are excited to announce we will be delivering 4 forums in March. Some dates for you to save in your diaries for March…

Wednesday 09th March  (10-12)News and Media Representation Forum – we have an exciting line-up of panellists. Keep a lookout on our Twitter for more information @AllWalesEYST

Wednesday 23rd March (10-11.30) –  What Can We Do For You?: The Rights of People with Learning Disabilities and Carers - jointly with Learning Disability Wales and All Wales Forum

Wednesday 30th March (10.30-12.30) – Girls’ Rights Network Wales – Exploring the Needs and Experiences of Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority girls’ and young women in Wales - jointly with Plan International

Please email Judy@eyst.org.uk if you'd like to be added to our forum mailing list.

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12 New Participants on BME Invest Project
New participants with Deb, Lloyd and staff on the BME Invest project in the recent induction for BME Invest

The BME Invest team has seen twelve new participants having their induction to EYST in February! We are very excited to welcome them into their new placements with a huge variety of Host Organisations.

  • Rebeca is based with the EYST youth team - Newport Youth Futures - where she is working with young people in various activities and drop in sessions;
  • Suhaib is working as an admin assistant with Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) in Cardiff as an admin assistant;
  • Cleo is based with Boom Cymru – a large production studios in Cardiff;
  • Imran is working as an Admin Assistant with Citizens Advice in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot training alongside others to answer calls about a huge number of issues;  
  • Luis is working with Tai Pawb, an organisation promoting Equality & Social Justice in Housing in Wales;
  • Franziska, another participant involved with the creative industries in Cardiff is based at Black Swan Productions;
  • Fatjona is working as a Project Assistant with the Children’s Commissioner’s Office in Port Talbot;
  • Kandi is based at BAME Mental Health Support (BMHS) in Swansea as an admin assistant;
  • Nahar is working with the African Community Centre in Swansea, supporting staff on a number of projects and Ema is working as a childcare assistant at Paradise Nursery in Swansea.
  • Meg (not pictured) is working with EYST’s Marketing and Communications Officer and very much involved in promoting the wide range of projects and support services which EYST is involved with.

The project is closed to new participants as our final participants have recently started in their roles.  As this is European funding, the project will not be renewed for another term but we hope that funding will be made available to enable us to offer a similar scheme to the ethnic communities in Wales, given the success of this Active Inclusion Achieve project at EYST since 2018. Please contact Deborah@eyst.org.uk

EYST Multi-lingual Helpline Busy with Referrals and Outreach!
Call: 0808 801 0720
(Monday – Friday 10.00am – 6.00pm)
Text: 07537 432 416
LIVE Webchat
Email: helpline@eyst.org.uk
For more information, please visit our website: 
https://multilingualhelpline.wales/

This month, the Helpline team has started working with our colleagues in the Sanctuary Team. We have been taking calls from asylum seekers and refugees based in Swansea and booking appointments with relevant Sanctuary staff members. We have also been referring eligible clients for the new “free bus and train tickets” scheme.

In January 2022, a new staff has been recruited by Citizen’s Advice Cymru to support referrals from the Helpline to various branches of CAC. The two teams meet on a fortnightly, sometimes weekly basis, to ensure that referrals are smooth and clients from various backgrounds receive the much-needed support from mainstream organisations.

With easing of restrictions, we have also been undertaking face-to-face networking meetings and promoting the Helpline through Outreach Days. Individual staff visited shops and markets in various areas of our cities to distribute the multi-lingual leaflets. Email helpline@eyst.org.uk for more info.

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