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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
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Coronavirus - All of Wales
is at alert level 0 

Keep Wales safe:

From 28th February:

  • face coverings legally required only in retail, public transport and health and care settings
  • you must continue to self-isolate if you have symptoms or a positive test
  • regulated premises must continue to do coronavirus risk assessments
From 28th March:
  • if the current public health situation remains stable, all remaining restrictions will be removed

Information taken from here:


The Big Give launches Anchor Match Fund

The Big Give is very excited to announce the launch of their Anchor Match Fund to help charities launch their own match funding campaigns, this is the first time the Big Give will be providing funding to charities from our own funds. The Big Give will offer a contribution of £1k of match funds (up to a maximum of £10k per charity) to charity campaigns for every £4k they raise from pledges. For example: If a charity raises £8k in pledges for their match funding pot, the Big Give will top up the match funds with a further £2k. To be eligible:

  • Timing: Charities need to submit their expression of interest form by 18th March 2022. Charities need to launch their match funding campaigns between 2nd May 2022 and 30th June 2022. Campaigns must end by 31st August 2022.
  • Selection:  Applications will be shortlisted by the Big Give. Charities will be notified by 1st April 2022 if they have been selected for Anchor Match funding.
  • The Big Give will offer charities £1,000 of match funding for every whole £4,000 in pledges secured by the charity. The maximum in match funds that will be awarded to a charity is £10,000.
Please do get in touch with The Big Give at if you have any questions or want to discuss your campaign plans.
WCVA's Volunteering Wales is back!

WCVA has just re-launched their Volunteering Wales grant scheme, focusing on projects that will support positive volunteering experience, tackle barriers to volunteering and have long-term impact on the community.

The 2022-25 Volunteering Wales main grant scheme is now open to applications using WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP).

Funding will be available up to £25,000 per annum, over a maximum of two years.

This scheme funded by the Welsh Government, aims to increase volunteer engagement and provide opportunities that are both high quality and positive. Previous projects have achieved significant results, not only benefitting the community during the pandemic but the wellbeing of the volunteers.

If your organisation is interested in accessing the Volunteering Wales main grant scheme please visit the Volunteering Wales grants page for more details or contact

The UK Youth Fund: Thriving Minds

The UK Youth Fund has launched Thriving Minds as a direct response to the growing youth mental health crisis.

Youth organisations in the UK with a turnover of up to £500,000 may apply. The fund looks to ensure that youth organisations have the resources needed to improve mental health provision for young people and youth workers. The value and terms of grants is unrestricted and range from £15,000-£50,000 per year for up to 3 years.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 20th March at Midnight.

Applicants will hear back in May 2022. 

For more information, please go here


March Against Racism: 20 March

Wales TUC will be joining Stand Up To Racism Wales to mark UN Anti-racism day as part of national demonstrations across the UK. 

The march will assemble at Cardiff City Hall at midday on Sunday 20th March and journey to the steps of the Senedd where we will hear from Wales TUC General Secretary Shavanah Taj, Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt and others. 

Join the march and be a part of the pushback against the increasingly hostile environment for refugees, migrants, and minority groups.  

For more information on how you can get involved, check out the Stand up to Racism Wales event page:

FA Wales: Football Welcomes Refugees workshop

This workshop will be delivered by Amnesty International UK, forming part of FA Wales' Football Welcomes Refugees programme.

It will provide participants with an opportunity to develop their understanding of who refugees and asylum seekers are and how football Clubs can work with this community and become "Refugee welcoming Clubs".

The workshop will provide practical tools for working with and including refugees and asylum seekers at your Club while creating an open space for honest discussion and reflection.

The workshop will be interactive and engaging and will be a safe space for learning and sharing ideas and stories of good experiences and best practice.

Sign up via Eventbrite

*PLEASE NOTE this workshop is for individuals working or volunteering in football in Wales and is targeted towards individuals representing their Club with the aim of the Club to become a certified "Refugee Welcoming Club".

FA Wales: Say No to Racism Workshop
In partnership with Show Racism the Red Card, FA Wales will be providing an introduction to anti-racism for Clubs and members of the football family. This workshop is timed to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The workshop is interactive and engaging and provides a safe place to discuss and learn about the topic of racism.

Sign up via Eventbrite

If you have any questions about the workshop please contact

**PLEASE NOTE this workshop is for individuals working or volunteering in football in Wales.

Writer Commissions at Literature Wales
In partnership with Natural Resources Wales, Literature Wales is inviting expressions of interest from writers and creative facilitators to devise and deliver a creative writing project which focuses on health and well-being.

Each project must engage with at least 10 participants and must deliver at least 8 sessions to the target group and produce a finished product e.g. a book, a performance piece, a film. 

3 commissions are available in total - worth £4000 each.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 21st March 2022 at 12:00 noon.

All Wales-based freelance writers are eligible for this opportunity, but writers who have not received commissions or paid work from Literature Wales in the past 12 months will be prioritised.

For more information, please go here.


Recruitment to the Criminal Justice Board for Wales

Independent Oversight & Advisory Panel


Can you constructively support and challenge the criminal justice system in Wales to implement its Anti-Racism commitments? 

Criminal Justice in Wales now want to recruit 12 Panel members, including an independent Chair in paid roles to oversee their anti-racism work, to provide external scrutiny, and ensure progress is being made. 
We would like to emphasise that the recruitment is open to those passionate for change, having experienced the system themselves.
Aspiring applicants will need to display the following: 

  • A keen interest in Race equality  
  • An understanding of the Criminal Justice System in Wales, including, for example, as a former professional in the system, through lived experience as a victim, offender or defendant, or as a family member of one of these. 
  • The ability to question, challenge and make informed decisions 

Criminal Justice in Wales would particularly like the panel to be made up of people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
Panel members will be paid an hourly rate for meeting attendance and the Chair will be paid a slightly higher rate to reflect additional duties. 

Applications close midday on Tuesday 19th April 2022. For more information, please contact or go here to read more. 

Community Advocate vacancy at ASC

Advocacy Support Cymru are looking for a Community Mental Health Advocate (CMHA) to ensure that their clients are being heard and considered by professionals involved in their care and treatment.

Community Advocate
£20,931 to £23,043

CMHA seek to empower their clients, informing them of their legal rights and supporting them to advocate for themselves where possible. The successful candidate will have significant experience working with vulnerable adults and/or children, either within health or social care setting, or indirectly, for example as a carer.

The deadline for applications is 18th March 2022 at 5pm.

For more information please go here.

NPT Council in search of a Community Cohesion Officer

Neath Port Talbot Council are looking for a Community Cohesion Officer to support a region of 3 Local Authorities (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend), providing assistance to engage all members of the public but particularly harder to reach communities.

Community Cohesion Officer
Grade 5 £21,322 to £24,491 per annum

The successful candidate will be required to assist in identifying and mitigating community tensions (hate crime, extremism, activism). This work comes with increased focus on measuring the impact of activity rather than the output.

The deadline for applications is 18th March 2022.

For an informal discussion, please contact Elinor Wellington on For more information, go here.

Policy and Public Affairs Assistant role at Colegau Cymru

Colegau Cymru are looking for someone to help promote the benefit of post compulsory education and training in Wales. They will represent further education colleges on a national stage, working closely with MSs in the Senedd and with Welsh Government officials. This includes meeting and briefing relevant political party spokespeople and members of key Senedd Committees, as well as undertaking research, analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and to help develop public policy recommendations.

Policy and Public Affairs Assistant
£19,808 - £21,524

The deadline for applications is Monday 28 March 2022 12.00pm.

This is currently a predominantly work-from-home opportunity but will require the successful candidate to travel to the Cardiff office, with a willingness to travel across Wales, within the UK and occasionally internationally.

For more information on the role including how to apply, go here

Traineeship with rad Cymru Wales

rad Cymru Wales is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who would love to work in television but hasn’t been able to find a way in or has faced a barrier to entry.

Whether that barrier has been through race, disability or economic background – rad was created to dissolve those barriers. It is a paid eight-month traineeship within a Welsh independent television production company which includes full training throughout the placement.

There are eight positions available across three roles: Researcher, Edit Assistant and Production Assistant.

The deadline for applications is 28th March 2022.

Full details of how to apply and FAQs are available on

Hub Cymru Africa are looking for an Independent Chair

Hub Cymru Africa is seeking an independent Chair for its Partnership Board.

The position is unremunerated. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered in line with the expenses policy.

Currently, the partnership board comprises two trustees from each participating organisation and is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of a programme of activities in support of international development initiatives in Wales. 

The Chair will ensure that the Board carries out its responsibilities as well as represent the Board where necessary for discussions with Welsh Government or other official public bodies. 

The deadline for completed applications is 31st March 2022.

For more information and how to apply, please contact Otherwise, go here to read more.


Meet the Community Development Outreach Team at Hywel Dda University Health Board
Over the past two years, our lives have been affected in many ways by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts are still ongoing, particularly, and more disproportionately so, within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities.

We all want a healthier and a more equal Wales, and that is why the Community Development Outreach team, has been set up by Hywel Dda Health Board with the aim of finding ways to help improve health outcomes of ethnic minority people in our three counties (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire).       
We have developed close links with local authorities, statutory and third sector organisations, and community groups within the three counties. Our focus is reaching out to and engaging with minority ethnic groups such as Black and Asian communities, the Gypsy and Travellers communities, Refugees, and other vulnerable groups.

Syrian refugee:
‘I am very happy to know you and you have provided me with a lot of services and I thank you from the bottom of my heart… especially…. because she helped me a lot when I go to the hospital, and I need an interpreter or need anything’

To find out more or speak to a member of the team please contact: Stepheni or Sandra at or  07866 077602.


This month's spotlight is on Community Care and Wellbeing Service!

We are very happy to be spotlighting Community Care and Wellbeing Service (CCAWS) this month! Based in Cardiff, CCAWS provides services to the community in the following areas: advocacy, befriending and counselling. There are also opportunities to become affiliated with CCAWS by becoming an advocate, a befriender or to complete a supervised placement as part of becoming a professional counsellor. 

The services are free and provide an excellent way into accessing help that benefits the emotional and mental well-being of individuals. Volunteers are trained and most importantly, the spaces are created to be non-judgemental. Additionally, the organisation are able to provide Resilience Workshops! For more information, get in touch with their Twitter, Facebook or drop them an email at
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