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EYST Stakeholder Newsletter

Welcome to our latest Stakeholder Newsletter which is a regular monthly round-up of useful information for the ethnic minority voluntary and community sector in Wales, including information on funding opportunities, training, jobs, boards and development, as well as important updates from the 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
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Coronavirus - Alert Level 0 for Wales 

Wales remains at alert level zero, however, this does not mean that we should stop doing what we can to keep Wales safe. We should still continue to: 

  • Get both of your jabs if eligible
  • Get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms
  • Keep your distance where possible
  • Face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review.
  • Wash your hands 


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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Magic Little Grants - Funding Opportunities

The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charities and community groups, that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250k, the opportunity to apply for a £500 grant.

This year the fund has expanded to support the following funding themes:

1. Improving mental wellbeing
2. Enabling community participation in the arts
3. Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
4. Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
5. Improving biodiversity and green spaces
6. Enabling participation in physical activity
7. Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
8. Increasing community access to outdoor space

The deadline for the application is 31st October 2021. 

More information is available here: https://grants.localgiving.org/mlg

The Henry Smith Charity - Funding Now Open!

The Henry Smith Foundation's Strengthening Communities grant programme aims to support small, grassroots organisations that are embedded in the community, working within the most deprived areas of the UK.

Through the grant programme, they wish to make sure that the funding reaches organisations that provide services that are widely accessible to the whole community and respond to and address the needs of the people living in it.

They fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries and want to fund work that enables:

  • People from across the community participate in activities that improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • A stronger, active, more engaged community

There are no deadlines attached to this funding stream and the length can vary between 1 - 3 years.

More information is available here: https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/strengthening-communities-grants/strengthening-communities-overview/

CONSULTATIONS & ENGAGEMENT  OPPORTUNITIES

The WCVA wants to hear from YOU!
The WCVA has commissioned an inquiry to explore options for a business case in respect of quality assurance for voluntary sector organisations in Wales.
 
They would appreciate it if our readers could share their views via the survey below as it is really important that BAME organisations and groups are recognised and heard in this work. 
 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MKVMN9V (English)

 

JOB + BOARD OPPORTUNITIES

The Race Equality Foundation is looking for trustees!
The Race Equality Foundation has just opened recruitment for new Trustees, including a Chair of Trustees, and is looking for diverse applicants in particular. 

The Race Equality Foundation is a dynamic and forward-thinking national charity tackling racial inequality across public services to improve the lives of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. They believe that everyone should be provided with the opportunities to flourish and do this through training, conferences, written material and national debates. 


The deadline for applications is 10 AM, Thursday 30 Sept 2021.

More information is available here: https://raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/about-us/working-for-us/
CRIMINAL JUSTICE WALES 
Criminal Justice Wales requires assistance with the recruitment of a ‘Race Equality Independent Oversight & Advisory Panel’ to support their work.
 
To support this work, independent third sector organisations are being asked to assist in the recruitment process of the panel including the Chair. Third sector organisations can also apply to be the recruitment provider for an All-Wales Independent Panel.
 
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 12 PM on Monday 20th September. Please send all completed forms and any questions to Rachel.allen1@justice.gov.uk .

 
Tai Pawb - Has jobs for YOU! 

What's better than one job opportunity? TWO!

Tai Pawb currently has two opportunities available, one as a Policy Manager and the other as a Membership Officer.

The Policy Manager role is based both in Cardiff and optionally remote working and is funded for five years. The role is newly created to support the organisations influencing and campaigning activities. The post holder will work closely with the Policy and Public Affairs Manager on policy development and campaigning across a range of housing, equality and human rights issues. In particular the joint ‘Back the Bill: the right to a good home campaign’ alongside Shelter Cymru and CIH Cymru.

The Membership Officer role is based in Cardiff and optionally remote working and salaries. The role was created in response to the increasing demand for support for members of Tai Pawb. The post holder will work closely with the Membership Manager to develop positive relationships with members throughout the membership life cycle and will coordinate membership services and benefits including all administrative functions. They will also support the delivery of the Tai Pawb QED Award. 


The deadline is the 22nd September 2021 at 12 PM, and more information is available at: https://bit.ly/3nlHDIh

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales has opportunities available!

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales team is looking for new members to join the fight for a better future for the young people of Wales. There are three roles available - Public Services Board Change Analyst, Content Creator, and Team Support Administrator(s).

The Public Service Board Change Analyst role closes on the 16th September 2021 at 12 PM and working can be remote, hybrid, or based in central Cardiff. This is the perfect role for anyone who has a well-developed knowledge and understanding of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, excellent research and analysis skills and experience of working in policy.
 
The Content Creator role closes on the 4th October 2021 at 12 PM and working can be remote, hybrid, or based in central Cardiff. This is the perfect role for a constantly curious, visual storyteller, someone who is always full of ideas and who loves finding new ways to communicate important and sometimes complex messages.

The Team Support Administrator role closes on the 15th September 2021 at 12 PM based in central Cardiff. As Team Support Administrator the role includes being the first point of contact for the organisation over email, on the telephone, in the office and the go-to person for colleagues internally in the organisation. The perfect role for someone with a personable and helpful nature! 

More information is available here to apply: https://www.futuregenerations.wales/careers/ 

Become a Welsh Youth Parliament Member today!
The Welsh Youth Parliament wants to hear from you, as a representative of your community! Applications are now open to become a Welsh Youth Parliament member and the deadline is fast approaching on Monday 20 September. 

There is encouragement for applications from those with diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply so please consider!

Any young person aged between 11 and 17 living in Wales can apply at the link here: https://youthparliament.senedd.wales/get-involved/become-a-welsh-youth-parliament-member/ 

RESOURCES FOR THE SECTOR

The Discretionary Assistance Fund for Wales has been updated and adapted in light of recent events in Afghanistan. They are launching an Operation Warm Welcome – Afghan refugees Awareness session supported by relevant stakeholders from the DAF. 
 
All professionals supporting the resettlement of Afghan refugees as part of Operation Warm Welcome are invited to attend an awareness session (delivered virtually via MS Teams) covering the support available from the Discretionary Assistance Fund.
The session will cover
•    How to apply for an EAP grant as a professional supporting Afghan refugees (support for food costs, utility costs and clothing costs)
•    How to apply for an IAP grant (for white goods and household items) for refugee families settling into properties in our communities
•    DAF Network share & learn – discussion and opportunity to update everyone on what is happening in your organisation/area/local authority
 
The session time and date are as follows:
 
•       Thursday 23rd September 2021 at 2 PM – 3 PM
 
To book onto this session, and for any other enquiries or feedback, please contact this email address helen.richards@familyfundservices.co.uk

SPOTLIGHT ON THE SECTOR

This month's spotlight is on Amar Cymru!


EYST are proud to recognise Amar Cymru - My Wales, a South-Asian football community group that supports the Welsh National team as well as provide safe spaces for South Asian people to meet and discuss football across Wales. The genesis of this group has been backed by the Football Association of Wales. Founder Jalal Goni said that the motivation for creating the fan group was that they'd held 'consultations with people of South Asian heritage to see if the interest was there to watch Wales and it clearly was.' However, many of these fans did not feel as though they could attend in-person matches at stadiums for fear of racist abuse. Amar Cymru provides a safe way for those of South Asian descent to come together and celebrate Welsh football in a culturally and racially sensitive way.

You can find more information about AmarCymru on their Twitter: https://twitter.com/amarcymru?lang=en 

 
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