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EYST's BAME COVID Bi-Weekly Round Up 
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BAME COVID Round Up - Edition No. 12

This is a regular round-up of all things related to Covid 19 and BAME Communities in Wales. We are sharing this on behalf of the Welsh Government as part of our funded role, although EYST, and not WG, have developed the content. We hope it is useful! If you would like to submit information for a future edition, please do email Lenaine@eyst.org.uk with BAME COVID News in the email subject line.

Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO
COVID-19 Information for Wales

We're happy to see the vaccine rolling out and the beginning of an ease of the pandemic on our communities, but we still caution everyone to stay as safe as possible as new strains of COVID are still at large. Wales remains at alert level 4 at present and here is a summary of the current changes in the rules:

  • Wales' stay at home message has been extended until March 12th.
  • Children aged three to seven return to schools in Wales on February 22nd, with the expectation that all primary school aged children in Wales are expected to return to school from mid-March.
  • From Saturday 20th February, four people from two different households will be able to meet outdoors for socially distanced local exercise. This doesn't apply to private gardens.
  • From March 1, the law will be changed to allow licensed wedding venues, such as visitor attractions and hotels, to re-open but only to perform wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. 

Click here for the new rules in full.

Stay at home restrictions remain in place, only essential travel is allowed and people must work from home wherever possible. Non-essential retail, close contact services such as hairdressers, gyms, and hospitality remain closed.

So far, more than 795,000 people have received their first dose of the vaccine in Wales. We encourage all those who are apprehensive, and have anxiety about taking the vaccine, to look at the provisions local health care providers have concerning the vaccine including the online information about the vaccine, given by Dr. Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine & Preventable Diseases Programme at Public Health Wales is available here. The resources are also available to download and read online at the PHW COVID-19 vaccination microsite under the resources section

Lastly, information about the vaccine and an update of the roll out itself is available here at :  COVID-19 vaccination programme weekly update: 16 February 2021 | GOV.WALES

Covid-19 Financial Support Leaflet Updates
The Welsh Government has recently updated its' Covid-19 Financial Support Leaflet, which provides information and advice on the types of financial support that is available to those who are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic. The new changes make the resource more accessible and easy to understand, especially as a number of translations are available alongside the standard Welsh and English. 
Coronavirus housing advice: campaign materials for housing groups | GOV.WALES

These following versions are available on the website:

 
  • Easy read version
  • Urdu
  • Tagalog
  • Romanian
  • Punjabi
  • Portuguese
  • Polish
  • Czech
  • Bengali
  • Arabic
Future Equality and Inclusion Funding Consultation 

As part of the ongoing actions set down in the Welsh Government Strategic Equality Action Plan for 2020-2024, consulting on the Equality and Inclusion Funding Programme is being undertaken. This funding is available to help support delivery of the plan’s equality objectives. The consultation commences today and closes on the 30 March 2021 and we encourage everyone to take part and have your say.

The Welsh Government’s current Equality and Inclusion (E&I) Funding Programme ends this October and the programme was developed to support the delivery of the Welsh Government’s Strategic Equality Objectives 2016-20. There is opportunity to have your say in funding and current limitations by undertaking the consultation and petition for more funding and resources in order to deliver the Strategic Equality Plan and advance equality in Wales for the years to come.

Below is the link to the consultation document and the Written Statement by the Deputy Minister & Chief Whip.

https://gov.wales/future-equality-and-inclusion-funding-programme

Alternative language and accessible versions of the consultation document and response form are available on request from EandIFutureFundingConsultation@gov.wales

BAME HELPLINE
From the beginning of the pandemic, many BAME organisations in Wales witnessed increased service demand from BAME community members impacted by Covid-19, needing advice and support around a range of areas. From a partnership of many key organisations, the BAME telephone helpline was born and it has been pivotal in helping and supporting BAME communities across Wales. 

The BAME telephone helpline provides accessible, first port of call, information on a range of specialist, mainstream, and community organisations, with call handlers speaking a range of community languages.

Available from Mon – Friday : 10.30 – 2.30, those looking for help on a number of issues such as; employment & welfare, education, housing, personal safety and health issues can be referred or signposted to a range of a range of mainstream and community organisations for further advice and support. The helpline number is 0300 2225720 and SMS text on 07537 432416 the website is www.bame.wales
VACANCY 

Vacancy:  Welsh Government Fixed Term and Secondment Opportunities – Higher Executive Officer Recruitment Campaign 


The Welsh Government are looking for a diverse range of people to work in a variety of exciting roles to help prepare for life outside the European Union, meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and deliver the government’s priorities. They have a number of positions in areas such as policy development and delivery, project management, and operational delivery available. These roles can be short-term (6-12 months) or longer term opportunities (up to 2 years) and you can find out more information and apply here: https://gov.wales/working-together-better-wales

Work pattern: Applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share  or who work full time.
 
Type of opportunity: Roles are available for either short-term opportunities (6-12 months) or longer term opportunities (up to a maximum of 2 years).
  
Location of Post: We are supportive of home working and tailoring patterns to individual circumstances.  In the short term, the majority of post holders will be based at home/working remotely.
 
Visit gov.wales/working-together-better-wales for more information and to apply for the latest opportunities.
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