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May 2021 Newsletter 

Welcome to another busy month in EYST. During the last month, the elections in Wales has been one of the most significant events, and we were pleased to hold a Leaders Debate with all 4 main political parties represented including Mark Drakeford, Adam Price and Anthony Slaughter. Our teams have also continued to support vulnerable individuals and families across Wales, as well as run consultation events to hear the views of diverse people in Wales on important Welsh strategies.

Much more below, so happy reading and hoping you all stay healthy and safe 😊



Diolch yn fawr
Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO
WE'VE MADE OUR MARK!
Making History in the Senedd

Our Make Your Mark 21 team did amazing work in the Senedd election! Thanks to the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust who funded this work, and to the whole team including young volunteers. 
Our volunteers helped hundreds of people learn about Welsh politics, and convinced over 220 people to vote on election day! This was the first election in Wales that 16 and 17-year-olds could vote in, so every single vote made history. Well done to the whole team - we're so proud of all of you!

Contact Shazia@eyst.org.uk for more info!
COULD YOU BE THE NEXT EYST VOLUNTEER?

Volunteers Week coming up! Volunteer Tutors Wanted!!
 
“As we move through May into June Volunteers Week is quickly approaching! Throughout the history of EYST volunteering has always played a vital role in our organisation and whilst through the pandemic, we have had to scale back our face to face volunteering, our Homework Club has made a successful transition onto Zoom! We always want to celebrate and thank our volunteers for all their skills, time and effort – so to you all a huge THANK YOU and DIOLCH YN FAWR! We are looking to recruit more tutors to join our team, so if you are interested please contact
Lucy@eyst.org.uk.  
 
Volunteering can be really powerful – some of our volunteer tutors have said “Knowing I'm making a real difference in a child's life by knowing they are constantly improving in the subject”
“It’s helped me to gain a sense of purpose knowing I’m making a difference”

 
BME CYP OFFERS A BELATED EID MUBARAK!
BME CYP Supporting Clients in Cardiff, Wrexham & Newport

The BME CYP team have been busy throughout Easter and Ramadan and took on 16 new referrals this month. The Eid Mubarak card competition was a great hit with the prize winners to be announced shortly!  During, this month we have also made 4 successful DAF applications, and 2 British Red Cross applications - £360 received in total by our clients this month. The team have continued to provide ongoing support to families in crisis situations including homelessness, food poverty and policing matters. The rise of wellbeing support requests is on the up also, as we continue to provide culturally appropriate emotional wellbeing to our clients in partnership with a range of mental health charities.

There are also a range of activities on over half-term so if you’d like to find out more please contact
lee@eyst.org.uk or fateha@eyst.org.uk

 
OPEN EARS FOR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY!
All Wales BAME Engagement: Here to Hear Your Thoughts & Action Them

This month has been jampacked with hosting a series of forums to enable people to respond to Welsh Government’s consultation on its Race Equality Action Plan (REAP). The All Wales BAME Engagement Team have enjoyed hearing all of your thoughts and opinions and are looking forward to the final session which focuses on young people aged 16 -24 and their perspectives. Feel free to join, this is your chance to let us, and Welsh Government, know if you think Welsh Government have got the plan right. 

The young person's session is on the 2nd June from 15:00 - 16:30 and 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.
Swansea Prepares to Open Again 
 
Swansea Sanctuary Hub prepares to open
 
In Swansea, we have been busy preparing to reopen the brand new EYST Sanctuary Hub adjacent to our Centre and Offices on St Helens Road. This will provide a more appropriate space for our busy Asylum Seeker and Refugee Advice Team including the Crisis Project Team. Through this service, Nicky and Thanuja have continued to receive referrals for those in need and delivered items including vouchers and tablets to over 60 struggling families in the last month. This is through the brilliant Crisis Project who aim to help individuals and families who have nowhere else to turn. Thanks to this hardworking team and the funding from Welsh Government via WCVA, we have also been able to provide hardship for people who would otherwise struggle to eat and survive whilst we help to resolve the problem.

Contact
Sophie@eyst.org.uk
Calling the BAME HELPLINE!
The BAME Helpline: Here to Help! 

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
INTRODUCING THE EVEN SURVEY! 
The Evidence for Equality National Survey is the first of its kind in the UK and focuses on gathering conclusive ethnic data about those living in the UK to inform research. The survey specifically seeks to capture evidence surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on diverse ethnicities and faiths that are not often represented in UK data. The long term aim of the project is to help push the UK to a fairer and equal future and that can't be done without Welsh representation. So we encourage as many of you as possible to take the survey and share your thoughts!

 More info at http://evensurvey.co.uk or you can call 08081296800 and take the survey at http://bit.ly/evensurvey 
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