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April 2021 Newsletter 

Welcome to another newsletter telling you what we’ve been up to across the organisation!

This month we’ve been really pleased to be able to start some face to face activities again, particularly for our young people who have been raring to go, so we have responded by putting on a range of activities in the Easter holidays including Football sessions in Newport and Golf tasters in Swansea. April also marked the beginning of the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, with Islam being the second largest religion in Wales, and followed by a large proportion of the ethnic minoritiy population in Wales.

We have also been preparing for the Welsh Government elections which will take place on May 6th, empowering young people to register and also vote in this important election, the first in which 16 and 17 year olds, as well as qualifying foreign nationals, can vote. There's this and so much more to read about below!
 
Happy reading, and hoping you all stay safe 😊

Diolch yn fawr
Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO
Make Your Mark 2021 Campaign Hits Top Gear!
Our fabulous Make Your Mark Team have hit top gear in their peer-led campaign to get young people registered and voting in the upcoming Welsh Senedd elections. This is a historic election in Wales as it is the first time that 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote for who they want to lead the next Welsh Government. Elections for the next Police and Crime Commissioners are on the same day and last month the team ran a hustings event for the South Wales Police PCC with all 4 candidates.

Huge thanks to Joseph Rowntree Democracy Fund for funding this project!

Email shazia@eyst.org.uk and roisin@eyst.org.uk for find out more!

 
Young people getting active again with
Newport Youth Futures

 

With restrictions easing, our young people couldn’t wait to get out and active again, while also keeping safe. Our Newport Youth Futures team organised a fun-filled Friday Football Mania event two Fridays in a row, with both days having a great turn out in the sunshine. We were really happy to work with Maindee Primary school, Exiles Together and other local groups to run this event. Thanks to BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation for funding this!

Contact Shahinoor@eyst.org.uk for more information!

 
We Are Wales ... Coming Soon to a Community Near You! 
We are Wales filming is nearly complete!

Citizen journalists working on our Lottery-funded We Are Wales project have nearly completed the filming of 25 short films highlighting the important contribution of people from diverse backgrounds during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Citizen Journalists Shaz, Onismo, Lauren and Martin have been hard at work creating these films with the support of project partners Promo Cymru and Race Alliance Wales. The next phase will be the showcasing of the films, and we are looking for some energetic community organisations who can work with us on this stage!

Email rocio@eyst.org.uk for more information.

 
The BME CYP Conference a Major Success!
Our Annual BME CYP Conference was held on 8th April, with Children’s Commissioner for Wales Sally Holland as our key note speaker, a message from Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething, and over 80 people in attendance.

As well as showcasing their incredible work supporting an amazing 431 young people during the last 12 months, we also heard from the team about the unique and deep impact of their support. But we have not achieved this alone, and so we also heard presentations from project partners Fare Share, Digital Communities Wales, Street Games, and Newport Mind and more.

Contact Fateha@eyst.org.uk for more info.

 
Volunteer-led Homework Club Going Strong!

At the start of April a new team was formed within EYST, the Core Services Team, bringing together some of the behind the scenes functions that keep the ship going. One of the really exciting elements of our Team is the Volunteering element of our work, in particular our Homework Club!

About which one team member recently said: “The best part is seeing the progress of the clients, for example at the beginning of a session the client doesn't understand much about the topic or subject that they are doing but by the end of the session they understand a lot more as if they have known it all their lives. It is so amazing to witness."

Contact
Lloyd@eyst.org.uk to learn more!
The 2nd Saturday Club (2SC) club is going strong!
The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (SCT) project for children with SCT across Swansea, Cardiff and Newport and has continued to provide 1-2-1 support for families over the phone and through referrals to other support organisations. The SCT project holds regular Saturday club known as 2SC (2nd Saturday Club) virtually every 2nd Saturday of the month. Families have also been receiving support from the Bute Town Community Centre through our partner community group Friends of Cymru Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia.

Next month, they will be marking World Thalassaemia Day on May 8th, which happens to fall on the same day as the 2SC club hangout. The theme this year is ‘Addressing Health Inequalities Across the Global Thalassaemia Community’ – also, there is a planned outdoor fun activity in Cardiff later in the month.

Contact Derin@eyst.org.uk for more information!
Calling the BAME HELPLINE!
Exciting news to share about the BAME Helpline ... the Webchat facility has now gone LIVE!

Now, clients can get into contact by phone, text, live webchat, and email. Contacts to the helpline are steadily increasing each month as word continues to spread about our service. As you may know, the BAME Helpline Wales provides one-to-one support and referrals from client across Wales needing help with a range of issues including employment, education, housing, welfare entitlements, personal safety and health. With a team that speaks seven community languages, the BAME Helpline signposts and refers clients to appropriate services across public and third sector organisations in a culturally- sensitive manner. E-referrals can also be made for clients using the ReferNet platform or through specific online referral forms with organisations with whom we have partnered with to ensure a smooth client transfer. Don’t forget to get in touch with us if you would like our helpline leaflet which is available in 14 community languages.

Please continue to spread the word amongst your colleagues, contacts, and networks – via social media, word of mouth, and leaflet distribution. Thank you!

Contact BAMEHelpline@eyst.org.uk for more information!

 
The BAME Helpline Wales is open Monday - Friday 10.30 a.m. -2.30 p.m.
Call: 0300 222 5720 (local rate)
Text: 07537 432416

www.bame.wales

 
Coming next month!

Consultations on the Welsh Government's Race Equality Action Plan

In the Month of May, the All Wales BAME Engagement Team will be hosting a series of forums to enable people to respond to Welsh Government’s consultation on its Race Equality Action Plan.  The Race Equality Action Plan (REAP) is a roadmap for Welsh Government to measure its progress towards furthering racial equality in Wales.  This is your chance to let us, and Welsh Government, know if you think Welsh Government have got the plan right. 

There will be a general session on 18th May from 12:30 - 14:00 and a forum for older people and carers with Helena Herklots, Wales’ Older Person’s Commissioner, on May 26th from 11:00 - 12:30. 

Watch this space for addition forum dates to hear the views of Children and Young People. You can view the draft REAP here: https://gov.wales/race-equality-action-plan-anti-racist-wales

Email ginger@eyst.org.uk for Zoom links to attend.
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