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EYST Stakeholder Newsletter

Welcome to the first of EYST’s Stakeholder Newsletter which is intended to be 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 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 😊

New Coronavirus Restrictions for Wales 

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has announced new coronavirus restrictions for Wales. From July 17th, Wales will move fully to alert level one, including: 

  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation.   

  • Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing. 

  • Ice rinks can reopen. 

  • Wales will also take the first step into alert level zero as the limits on the number of people who can meet in public places or at events will be removed.  Outdoor premises and events will also have greater flexibility around physical distancing. 

  • There will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes. 
     

The First Minister said: 
 

“The pandemic is not over and the virus continues to spread across Wales, which makes it really important for everyone to say yes to vaccination and to do everything we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.” 

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Eligibility Checker

The COVID-19 ERF eligibility checker is open on the Business Wales website, which will allow businesses to check their eligibility for the support and the amount of support they are eligible to apply for, which will help them to start preparing their applications. 

The fund will open to applications from Tuesday 13 July 2021 and will close on Friday 23 July 2021.

More info available: 

 https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/businesssupport

British & Foreign Schools Society 

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people under the age of 25 in disadvantaged areas within the UK, and international projects working with marginalised communities.  

The Society also offers a small number of specific grants for organisations and individuals through its Subsidiary Trusts.    

There is a two-stage application process and the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 24th January 2022.

More info available: https://bfss.org.uk/grant-giving/ 

 

Tenancy Hardship Grant

The Welsh Government is introducing a new £10 million grant scheme to help people struggling to pay their rent because of the Covid-19 pandemic.   

The Tenancy Hardship Grant is designed to support people living in private rented accommodation who have fallen behind on their rent by more than eight weeks between the 1st March 2020 and the 30th June 2021. The grant will be open to people who are not receiving housing-related benefits and have developed rent arrears which may be due to a reduction in work, a loss of income due to furlough, or because they were only able to claim Statutory Sick Pay when ill with Covid-19. 

People can register their interest with their local authority and grants will be processed from mid-July.

More info available:  https://gov.wales/tenancy-hardship-grant-private-rented-sector-tenants-coronavirus

 

Provident Social Impact Fund

The Provident Social Impact Fund (Wales) aims to support social inclusion. The key aim of the fund is to support projects and activities that are addressing needs identified through consultation and/or engagement with potential beneficiaries and have a clear focus on the positive results they plan to achieve. Projects need to be inclusive of people in the locality regardless of their background, offer wider benefits, and be cost-effective.

Projects should be working in areas of high deprivation and/or with those considered as most disadvantaged.

More info available: https://communityfoundationwales.org.uk/grants/provident-social-impact-fund-wales/

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT 
 OPPORTUNITIES

Social Leaders Cymru Programme 

“Social Leaders Cymru will be developed and delivered in a unique way that capitalises on the specific strengths and characteristics of the Wales social sector. The programme will take place online to increase accessibility to participants across the country, enable peer learning and strengthen networks.” 

Delivered by Clore Social Leadership in partnership with the Wales Co-operative Centre, Social Leaders Cymru will be the first online skills and development programme to bring together the third sector across Wales. 

Social Leaders Cymru will bring leaders from across Wales together to support, challenge and learn from one another. The programme will include six learning streams, to ensure tailored leadership development opportunities for leaders of all levels and experiences. 

More info available: Social Leaders Cymru

Children in Wales
Children in Wales have a series of free training available at the link below. 
 
Care experienced children: understanding and supporting children and young people looked after and care leavers
A one-day course

This one-day free training course is aimed at practitioners working directly with care experienced children in a range of settings including family support, youth work, playwork, teaching, outdoor and arts activities to have a greater understanding of their support needs. The training will be informed by the experience and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – which has of course impacted the experience of looked after and care experienced children significantly since March 2020. In particular, this will include consideration of resilience, the impact of trauma and the consequent need for trauma-informed approaches to be used in order to support individuals. The training will explore the variety of living situations practitioners may come across, the meaning of the terminology used, and focus on what young people have said about their experience of being ‘in care’.

Children and Young People's Participation
A one-day course

The course is fun and involves engaging exercises.   

The course will set out the theoretical and legislative framework for children and young people’s participation in Wales and involve techniques that can be used directly with children and young people. The majority of the course will explore the methods that can be used with children and young people on an individual and group basis to include them as widely as possible in decisions that affect their everyday lives. Participants will feel empowered to use practical tools to support children and young people’s participation.   

More info is available here: Children in Wales | Free Training

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Cardiff City Football Club Foundation

Cardiff City FC Foundation has a number of jobs available including the role of Business Growth & Development Manager which entails creating and delivering a project plan for growth within the Bluebirds Experiences offer, managing and overseeing the project Co-ordinator in areas of delivery and compliance. The company is eager for more diverse representation so feel free to apply!

More info available: https://www.cardiffcityfcfoundation.org.uk/vacancies

 

Diverse Cymru
Diverse Cymru is looking for a motivated and experienced person to lead office administrative functions for the organisation and join a dedicated team. Based in Cardiff, this is a busy role requiring you to take charge of Diverse Cymru’s day-to-day administration and office base. As a member of our Senior Management Team, you will work across all our teams and departments to support Diverse Cymru to achieve its mission and will supply information on the organisation to the public, clients and customers.

More info available: Diverse Cymru Vacancies - Diverse Cymru Opportunities


 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE SECTOR

This month's spotlight is on ... Glitter Cymru!



Glitter Cymru is excited to announce that their Glitter Pride 2021 event is coming back online on Saturday 14th August and they're asking all associates to be better allies to the LGBT+ ethnic minority community and take action! #BetterAlliesTakeAction #BATA2021. At Glitter Pride 2021, they’ll be celebrating their 5th Birthday! 

Glitter is asking all allies to edit the Better Allies Take Action pledge with their actions and film a short video stating what their commitments are. People are also welcome to send photo's of themselves with the plaque. So, please join Glitter on August 14th to celebrate all the amazing work that they do and to commit to being better allies for BAME LGBT+ communities! 

All videos/pictures will be used in our Glitter Pride 2021 event streaming on YouTube on Saturday 14th August at 2PM. Please make any submissions to glittercymru@gmail.com (please use WeTransfer for larger files). The deadline for submissions is Monday 2nd of August.


 
Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) WALES

This month's spotlight is on ... SSAP WALES!

SSAP is inviting ALL Welsh artists, creatives and activists to join them in their new Madaraja/Pont/Bridges project.
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A great paid opportunity to develop networks, explore Afro-Welsh culture & collaborate internationally. The project seeks to bring together Welsh creatives of all ethnicities (with emphasis on Black voices in Wales) and those in the African continent to explore how bridges and cultural links can be built to foster mutual relationships between Wales/Cymru and the African continent. They wish to tap into the potential of diasporic communities in Wales and creatives from other communities to build bridges and promote the self-representation of people of African descent in the sector, changing narratives about the continent and about who we are - see https://www.ssap.org.uk/pages/madarajapontbridges for more! 
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