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February 2021 Newsletter 

It’s been another whirlwind month with many achievements, large and small; from delivering essential food packs, nappies and laptops, to events with the First Minister, we are constantly reminded that sometimes the smallest act can mean the most!

As the lockdown continues, people are still suffering, so our day to day work supporting the most vulnerable will always be our priority. Nonetheless it was a real joy to take time to look back at our journey and celebrate the last 16 years in the company of so many good friends, colleagues and supporters. 

For those of you who coulnd't make it, you can watch it all here!

Thanks to the whole team, our supporters, and our community, for being a part of this journey and we hope you enjoy the read!

Diolch yn fawr
Rocio Cifuentes
Wishing EYST a happy belated birthday!

EYST 16th Anniversary Celebrations

We were thrilled to celebrate our 16th anniversary this month in the company of our amazing supporters, volunteers, clients and partners and some very distinguished guests, including the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and EYST Patron, and former Archbishop of Wales and Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The event was online, but nonetheless filled with warmth, smiles and laughter. Our senior worker Helal Uddin brought a tear to many eyes when he surprised us with his amazing original poem ‘ The EYST Dream’- you can watch it here:  

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has made this dream possible since 2005 and look forward to the next 16 years!
EU Citizens Rights
This February, the EUCR team has been creating and sharing multilingual materials through our social media channels and working closely with partner organisations to ensure our message of support reaches those who need it. We have been organising a series of EUSS training sessions aimed at public-facing frontline staff in Wales, in partnership with our colleagues at Citizens Advice Cymru, Newfields Law, TGP Cymru, Settled and Newport Mind; we had 60 attendees at our first session of the year and we will be delivering more sessions over the coming months.

To find out more, contact
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Our Newport Youth Futures (NYF) project has recently began and is quickly moving into its second month offering support to new referrals in the region. Shahinoor and Lenaine have been meeting regularly with partners, organisations, and businesses to establish referral pathways and build connections to local employment.

36 new referrals are engaging with our NYF team in lots of different ways. Weekly sessions include; 1:1 Support, groupwork, drop-ins (currently not offered due to Covid-19) and homework clubs that aim to encourage young people toward a more prosperous future. All of these sessions are offered online or by phone to make them as accesible as possible. 

If you are a young person aged 10 - 18rs of age (or know one!) living in or around Newport, please find out more by contacting our team by email on or referring in to the project using

Refugee Resettlement, Settling Down 

This month we marked a very special moment in our project!

Our first families that we'd received on the Resettlement Programme, back in February 2016 had come to the end of the 5 year programme.  We celebrated this special moment with a zoom party and had the pleasure of Swansea Lord Mayor Mark Child join us. We wish the families the very best for the future.

We held an art competition with the theme ‘What I have missed doing and look forward to doing in 2021’.  The competition was open to other South Wales local authorities doing the same project as us.  The judges were very impressed with all the entries, our own talented client Dilbar won first place for the 16+ years category! 

Dilbar did a portrait of her brother, who she was missing and looking forward to seeing again in person.  We also had Tala who won first prize for the 11-15 years category.  We had other winners, too many to mention here, well done to them all!
Picture One - 16+ First Place: Dilbar's portrait of her brother
Picture Two - 11 - 15 First Place: Tala
Croeso BME CYP!
From 'Getting BUSY with Rizzy', to holding training sessions, and helping communities all over Wales, the BME CYP project has remained booked and busy from the beginning of the year!

Currently, the CYP Team has been busy planning and delivering 'Practitioners Learning Seminars' to all our partners. The aim of the event is to engage with our partners to enhance their understanding of barriers and needs of BME children and young people & families, and some potential solutions. The event will be interactive, with activities and opportunities to engage with all of our team. If you would like to attend future sessions, please contact
Device inclusion and digital poverty still remains an issue for BME CYP. This month the project provided over 43 devices and worked with local schools, local authorities, and charities to get access to devices for home learning. Also, the CYP Team is currently hosting three Cardiff Met student placements, allowing them to engage with BME CYP and learn of some of the challenges faced by children and young people, whilst improving their knowledge on the wider BAME communities in Wales.
This month, our Child Mental Awareness session is in partnership with Newport County Football, providing one to one sessions to tackle mental health and wellbeing. Lastly, the BME CYP Project's annual conference is planned for 8th April, please watch this space for the invite!

We'll be sharing our success' and progress' with children and young people from all over Wales from the past year so please attend and celebrate with us.
All Wales BAME Engagement Programme introduces two new team members – Youth Policy and Participation Officers!  Lenaine Foster-Bennett (She/Her) is a Black graduate of King’s College London in Philosophy, Religion, & Ethics with a passion for activism in the intersectional space. Amr Alwishah (He/Him) is a sustainable energy engineer by training, but community work has always been part of his life. 

Amr and Lenaine will be working with young people, looking at Youth Justice and policing in Wales, making sure Youth voices are included in the Wales Race Equality Action Plan and developing intersectional youth provision. In February they hosted a Youth Justice Forum and in March they will host a forum about the impact of online hate speech on young people and what can be done about it. Please follow us on twitter to find out more @AllWalesEYST

Recently in the BAME Engagement Programme, we've taken to supporting the EVENS survey, which seeks to collate inclusive data from ethnic minority and racialised communities across with UK with substantial coverage in Wales. Please take a look at the link below and fill it in! All participants will recieve a £10 Amazon voucher, so why not fill it out today?!

Averting and Alleviating Crisis with EYST 's Crisis Project
The EYST Crisis Project continues to support Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Swansea during the ongoing pandemic with equipment (amongst other things).

Over the last of the 6 months we have received funding from the Children’s Society, NACCOM, Sparks & Co and more recently Swansea Council through their food poverty project. During this project Thanuja has delivered the project in support of our great partners across Swansea including ACC, SCVS, ILA and SASS and has been out delivering equipment to our clients across the City. Recently we received Chrome Books and Wifi Dongles from Business in the Community on behalf of Virgin Media which have been well received by our clients!

Thank you to all our funders and partners!

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