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January 2021 Newsletter 

2021 has started with a bang! Despite the continuing lockdown, we have been busier than ever trying to support people right across Wales, in a variety of ways; from new exercise classes to stay fit, to online homework clubs to keep learning. We’ve also been delivering antiracism sessions, documenting the contributions of people during the pandemic, and had a brilliant intersectionality conference! All of this explains why you may notice the newsletter is just a tiny bit late! Forgive us and we hope you enjoy the read! 

Diolch yn fawr
Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO
First Minister Opens EYST Intersectionality Conference  
Over 180 people joined us at our Race, Racism and Intersectionality Conference ran in partnership with WEN Wales, Disability Wales, and Stonewall Cymru. With the tagline ‘We Are All Allies’, the conference included poignant words and presentations from Colin Heyman, Rachel Clark, and Marsha DeCordova MP, exploring the ways in which we could all work together to address racism from an intersectional perspective and become better allies to one another.  We were honoured to have First Minister Mark Drakeford provide an address, where he highlighted the importance of this work for Welsh Government and the Welsh people! Continue the conversation on twitter (@AllWalesEYST) with the hashtag #WeAreAllAllies and write your own pledge to help bring about a more diverse, and intersectional, anti-racist Wales!

Email ginger@eyst.org.uk for a copy of the conference report.

 
Make YOUR Mark 2021

 2021 is a historic year for Wales!
 
Twenty-two years since the establishment of The Senedd, this year will be the first in which 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote in a Welsh Government election. We are thrilled to have received funding from Joseph Rowntree Democracy Fund to run a project to recruit peer organisers to encourage young people from ethnic minority backgrounds to vote in the Senedd elections. Project workers Roisin and Shaz are busy working  to design an engaging and youth-led campaign – urging people to #MakeYourMark2021 #MYM21

Email Shazia@eyst.org.uk or Roisin@eyst.org.uk to get involved
Get BUSY with RIZZY!
As we slowly pack on the pounds and nibble on Welsh cakes in the middle of a new lockdown, the BME CYP Project has launched a new weekly online exercise class led by new project youth worker Rizwan Ahmed. The Get Busy with Rizzy session are run weekly, and are for all ages, inviting young people, parents, and the whole family to take part. This month we've also worked with Sport Cardiff to deliver home packs of sports equipment for children and young people, and whether rain, snow, sleet, or shine, the team have been busy distributing laptops, food parcels, and helping families access their entitlements.

Contact Rizwan@eyst.org.uk to find out more.

 
Don't Hate, Educate
The Don’t Hate Educate project has continued to be busy, delivering online anti-racism sessions to children, young people, and professionals. In fact, in the last quarter we’ve delivered 18 workshops to 380 children and 11 workshops to 107 professionals. Delivered by Nicky in his inimitable street-wise style, the sessions tackle contemporary topics and misconceptions about, Muslims, Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Gypsies and Travellers and more. Funded by Welsh Government, we have a few remaining slots, which we can deliver for free, until the end of March 2021 for your staff, team, or to young learners.


Contact Nicky@eyst.org.uk to find out more!

 
Introducing ...

Newport Youth Futures!
We are thrilled to have launched a brand new project in Newport, funded by Children in Need through the Inspiring Futures programme. Newport Youth Futures is being run by Shumon and Lenaine, offering regular online homework clubs, youth support, work taster sessions, and one-on-one mentoring, all with the view to increasing young people’s future employability. We’re pleased to be working in partnership with existing local organisations, including Newport Yemeni Community Association, to deliver this important work.

For more info contact Shahinoor@eyst.org.uk or Lenaine@eyst.org.uk

 
EYST Crisis Project
Over the last 6 months, thanks to funding from the Children’s Society and NACCOM, the EYST Crisis Project working with SCVS, African Community Centre, Iberian Latin American Association and SASS has supported 251 referrals with 31 gadgets, 35 phone top ups, 56 Children Fund vouchers and 129 Discretionary cases. This figure includes asylum seekers, refugees, NRPF, destitute, undocumented and unaccompanied young adults.  Now, thanks to Food Vouchers funded by Swansea Councils Food Poverty Grant, we can now accept referrals for families living in Swansea facing food poverty.

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

 
We Are Wales 
The We Are Wales Citizen Journalists Onismo, Shazia, Lauren and Martyn have been using their local networks to find individuals with stories to share. Working in partnership with Race Alliance Wales, and Promo Cymru, the project is looking to profile individuals of colour who have positively stepped up during Covid-19 for their communities - from small scale contributions - shopping for vulnerable neighbours etc, to larger, more organised support. Participants will be supported to share their stories via film/ photographs and poetry, which will be shared via digital platforms.

We are still looking for more participants for this project – if you want to tell your story about it (again this can be big or small), or know anyone else who would be interested in getting involved, please email Lauren@eyst.org.uk Onismo@eyst.org.uk Martin@eyst.org.uk Shazia@eyst.org.uk

 
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