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September 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to September’s newsletter. Our team has continued its wide ranging work, and we feel privileged to be able to bring such a range of opportunities to the diverse people of Wales! This edition tells you about our work as partners in the Welsh Youth Parliament and as part of the Equal Voice, Equal Power Mentoring Programme – both bringing power to the people … it's what we do!

…amongst other things like go-karting and homework clubs and much more below... happy reading and hoping you are all staying healthy and safe.

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Newport Youth Futures racing ahead in September!
September marked the end of our Summer of Fun activities as schools and colleges started re-opening with our young people returning to some sort of normality. We were able to sneak in a thrilling fun-filled go-karting activity for 30 young people in Newport to take part in and be involved with just before school officially starts. It was a fantastic experience for many with young people ranging from 11 all the way to 18! It was fantastic seeing young people from different backgrounds meeting each other and making new friends while experiencing an activity for the first time. 

We were able to distribute school backpacks to over 40 young BME people including stationary equipment with the thanks to Pobl Group ready for the new school term. Many happy and grateful faces going into the new academic year. Meanwhile, the NYF team have been busy preparing for regular drop-in sessions with the new digital homework club due to start in Maindee Primary School on 27th September and supporting some of our clients apply to become members of the Welsh Youth Parliament. The ongoing mentoring support in helping young people find out what careers they’d like to pursue as well as college courses, apprenticeships and searching out part-time employment opportunities just to get that much-needed experience. 

Contact to find out more information!
BME Youth Invest Welcomes new Starters in Wrexham, Port Talbot & Carmarthenshire!
Jason (top left) with Project Officer Anna Szymanska and (bottom right), Hasnaa – all based in Wrexham in the recent induction for new starters.

It has been another busy month for the BME Invest team with four new participants starting in September with their various Host Organisations. Hasnaa is hosted by Pendine Park Care Home Organisation in Wrexham following her successful outcome at Level 2 Health and Social Care; Jason is working with Rhos Community Café where he had been a volunteer previously; Fateha has a placement with the Children’s Commissioner in their new office in Port Talbot and Farishta, having arrived in Wales from Afghanistan in June as part of the Refugee Resettlement Programme, has a placement using her HR skills with Carmarthenshire County Council.

We are also pleased to feature a promo about Mustafa (see further below) who is coming to the end of his placement with EYST, working with BME Sport Cymru and the Youth Support Team (Belonging Project).

New vacancies will be coming out this week for Swansea and Cardiff for the next placements due to start in late October and early November so take a look at the EYST website to see what is live. 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

The Homework Club Up and Running Again!

The Homework Club is back in full swing! If you are aged 11-18 and need help with homework, please get in touch with

I’d just like to feedback that my son’s tutor is an amazing tutor. A huge thank you to everything she does. At the end of the day, she’s volunteering her time, and everyone’s time is precious. And my son has got a lot out of it so that’s brilliant too! It has 100% increased his confidence!" - Parent

If you are aged 16+ and you are interested in volunteering with us as a tutor, we would love to hear from you!  You don’t need to commit straight away - we will have an informal chat to run you through how it works and there is no pressure to sign up

“It’s one of the highlights of my week.” - Tutor

Please get in touch with if you'd like to volunteer as a tutor.

Check out Mustafa's Promo Piece here!
BME CYP busy sharing opportunities for YP!!
In Wrexham, we have been continuing to support clients with Discretionary Assistance Funding applications and applications for EYST’s Crisis project – that both continue to support individuals and families with financial support and other essentials like children’s clothing, digital device equipment and food supplies. Individual young people are also being supported in other way including; internships, job searches & application support and connections with various consultations and research opportunities.

Our Wrexham Lead worker has also been supporting individual young people to apply for the Welsh Youth Parliament (WYP) and facilitated an informal Zoom session on the WYP and ways to be a part of it.

EYST are really pleased to announce that we are now a partner organisation with the WYP and will be holding an internal election to find 2 young people to represent EYST at the WYP  – deadline Sunday October 29th

For young people with a connection to EYST, click here to apply:
The Cross Party Group on Race & Equality Took Place Recently

Race Alliance Wales has continued its work supporting the Cross Party Group on Race & Equality and in September hosted a meeting with 74 attendees. The agenda included a presentation of Race Equality First’s Shadow Report on Racism in Wales, and an update by Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt on the next stages of the Race Equality Action Plan.

RAW’s next General Meeting will be on Monday 18th October between 12 and 2 and we have a very busy agenda including marking Black History Month. This meeting is open to all not only members, so please do email us if you would like to attend or if you would like more information about membership at

Welcoming Families to Wales

September was a hive of activity for the Refugee Resettlement project.  No doubt most would have known about the Afghanistan situation and how quickly things escalated.  We have welcomed some families from  Afghanistan and the team has been really busy preparing and receiving the families.  On a happy note, one of our Afghan client gave birth to a healthy baby girl soon after arriving.  We are pleased to report mum and baby doing well 😊.

Clients returned back to college.  So many have progressed on to higher levels, we the team are  very proud of their progress.

On the employment front, one of our clients is working very happily in what he knows best – working with horses. Another client has secured employment with retail giant Amazon.  Yet, another client has ventured into the world of business, opening a dessert place with other partners.

Welcoming Mohammad! Sadly Farzana was missed on that day.
With so much going on, we needed an extra pair of hands. We welcomed Mohammad Azhdeh as our Dari speaking Family Support Worker. Everyone gave him a warm welcome! Contact for more info
If you are concerned about what's been happening in Afghanistan, EYST has prepared a Twitter thread earlier in the month on how you can help!
The Sanctuary Hub in Swansea Revamped!
The Sanctuary Team have been busy supporting people as usual! They saw a spike in requests for assistance for college and school applications as we approached September and supported many people in navigating the asylum process. The Crisis Project has distributed much-needed items such as emergency vouchers for food and tablets to try and alleviate digital poverty. This month the Crisis Project supported over 142 people to get much-needed items and to help people at a critical point in their lives. The Sanctuary Hub is almost ready, the shutters have been installed and the windows will be tinted soon. It looks wonderful and we are very happy with the space! 

Hopefully, as the pandemic eases up, they can welcome people back into our safe and fresh space. As always, the Sanctuary Team members have been working hard to meet clients' needs and try their best to help people every day. Potentially we are going into unknown territory, there is a lot of dialogue surrounding the Anti- Refugee Bill and we know that many of our clients are nervous about what it might mean and how it will impact their lives. We will continue to deliver front line support work but also attend meetings, deliver training, and share information to challenge these systemic issues. As Sophie said  'Working in EYST is brilliant, across the charity we see people working hard daily to do the same and it's wonderful to work in such an organisation. Thanks, EYST Family!' 

Contact for more info or follow us on Instagram - @eyst.sanctuaryhub
Exciting Times for the Multi-lingual Helpline Wales!

A very warm welcome to the helpline team to Anna Szymanska and Sadia Malik - our new call handlers. They have settled in very well and are now ready to sign post and refer clients contacting us from all over Wales. The team cover an impressive 7 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Hindko, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu. We also have access to a pool of interpreters in 80 languages to support our clients in a 3-way call.

We are busy working on our re-launch - updating and redesigning our leaflets, logo and website. We are now known as the Multi-lingual Helpline Wales. We continue our drive to network, collaborate and promote this much-needed service across Wales. Please continue to spread the word to ALL your contacts and networks because help and support IS out there, and we CAN help! Watch this space for our new leaflets translated into 14 community languages...

Multi-lingual Helpline Wales

How to get in touch -

Call: 0300 222 5720

(Monday – Friday 10.30am – 2.30pm)

Text: 07537 432416

LIVE Webchat

For more information, please visit our website:

All Wales Engagement is BACK IN ACTION!
The All Wales BAME Engagement Programme have been busy bees behind the scenes again this month! The month began with us hosting two successful 'Impact Study Forums' for both young and old, hearing the ways in which the community feel about social services and the services they provide. It was a truly eye-opening and emotional session and we thank all the communities to which EYST belong that feel open and comfortable with telling us their stories and allowing us to advocate and fight on their behalf.

Towards the end of the month, we also hosted a Black, Asian and Minority-Ethnic children's and young people's roundtable discussion in which we shared our BME CYP paper (which we hope to share with you all soon) with the Children's Commissioner Sally Holland and other partners and organisations, seeking their thoughts and opinions. It was a great day of co-production and we hope to continue to develop this essential work into long-lasting change.
If you'd like to learn more about our partner organisations and other organisations in Wales serving racialised communities please have a look at our new Research Library and the Directory of Ethnic Minority Community Groups which are valuable resources for the Race Community sector. With them, you'll be able to find all the current Welsh-specific data and research as well as the community groups and organisations that deal with a plethora of issues and causes.

Check them out below!
Contact for more information or if you'd like to be featured.
Application deadline extended! Become a Mentee and make a change!

Want to see more diversity and representation in political and public life in Wales? This is a great chance to help make that happen and BE the change!

Due to the demand, the groundbreaking cross-equalities mentoring programme Equal Power Equal Voice has extended its application deadline. Offering bespoke training, one-to-one mentoring, masterclasses and a peer-support community to support people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and other under-represented backgrounds into public life. If you’ve ever considered joining a public board, running for office, becoming a charity trustee or otherwise getting into positions to help represent your community and make change, this programme could help make a massive difference on that journey.

Application has been extended till 11.59pm on Sunday 3rd October – so get in quick! Contact for more info or an informal chat.

Click here to apply!

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