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November 2021 Newsletter

November has been another busy month and we’re really happy to have started new youth provision for young people in Newport. Young people have lost so much during the pandemic, so we’re just happy we can bring some moments of normality and fun. Another highlight was being presented with an Organisation of Sanctuary award by Swansea City of Sanctuary in recognition of our work supporting those who seek sanctuary. In a month which also saw the tragic loss of 27 lives including women and children in the English Channel, our work remains critical. Despite this sadness, the month ended on a high which we can’t tell you about yet, but we promise we will let you know next edition.. ok here’s a clue .. TC!
 
Rocio Cifuentes
EYST CEO
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EYST receives City of Sanctuary award!!
The team were extremely pleased to receive a City of Sanctuary Award for all the hard work that EYST does supporting people who seek sanctuary in Wales. The Asylum and Refugee Support project has been extremely busy and the team have been assisting people to navigate their asylum journey and beyond. 😊

This December sees the end of the fantastic Crisis Project funded via the WVCA Third Sector Emergency Fund, which has helped hundreds of people in need. It has fed and clothed children, families and individuals who can't afford basic items. It also prevented hunger and enables parents to buy baby milk and items during the changeover of the Aspen card and the distress that this caused. It is a brilliant example of front-line work which directly supports and enables people out of a crisis point in their life. It has also helped people out of digital poverty, enabling them to access learning and connect with family and friends during the pandemic. For more info contact Sophie@eyst.org.uk
Homework Club & New Youth Club in Newport!

November has been yet another busy month for the NYF team. We welcomed Caitlin to our team - Caitlin is a highly skilled youth worker who has been regularly helping as a sessional worker but now officially part of the team!

We have been regularly helping young people at our digital homework club in partnership with Maindee Primary School every Monday evening.
The NYF team has also started our very first youth drop-in session to play, have fun and really take on board the views of young people. It was attended by 11 young people in our first session on 22/11/21 with six new faces. We’re happy to be working in partnership with Pill Mill, Newport in order to have a safe space for young people.
We’d like to also wish the best to our brilliant Fatma Aksoy on her fantastic campaign to become elected as the Newport East representative for the Welsh Youth Parliament. We have supported Fatma in her campaign by helping her with posters and encouraging our clients to vote for her. We wish her all the best as the deadline for votes has closed and the winners to be announced on December 1st.  For more info contact Shahinoor@eyst.org.uk
Discussions and Forums with the All Wales Engagement team!

The All Wales Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Engagement team completed the #30Challenge for White Ribbon Day to support the elimination of violence against women. It is a sad fact that on average 30 children and YP are affected by domestic abuse incidents where police have to be called every day, in the Gwent area alone. The team collectively sent out messages of appreciation to 30 individuals to show the team’s support for the #30Challenge.

The team has had a busy month and delivered the "Racism in Education 2021: Where are we now?" forum, with key speakers including Sunil Patel from No Boundaries, Donna Ali from Its Mandatory and Susan Davies from BAME Ed Network. A positive response was received for the very lively discussions at the forum, from attendees, parents and speakers…
 

“Very insightful and thank you EYST for this very important forum”

“It was a really good session and I really liked to talk…I got a chance to share my issues. Feeling good”

“I was more than happy to help (with sharing own children’s experiences), we owe it to our children to protect them and their rights”

“Thank you so much Selima and team - a really useful meeting and supportive space”

“Thank you so much EYST and all contributors for this incredibly insightful session”
 

We are now busy with planning the next forum “Race & the Unemployment Crisis” which will take place on Wednesday 8th December (10am-12pm). Register at https://bit.ly/EYSTUnemployment

On Wednesday 15th December (10-11am), we have a free "Diversity in the Workplace” session for employers. There have been reports of employers having outstanding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies in place, yet their workforce is lacking in diversity or their Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic team members feel underappreciated. This session will give employers an insight into ways of recruiting a more diverse workforce, what practices would make members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals feel more valued, how they can be more inclusive as an employer and the endless benefits of having diversity within their company or organisation. For more info contact Selima@eyst.org.uk
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The Homework Club is looking for new volunteers!
The HWC is now looking to recruit new volunteers on a 1 hour/week basis to help with tutoring Maths and Science to young ethnic minority people. For more info contact Lucy@eyst.org.uk - see poster below:
We are also on the lookout for Volunteer Interpreters to help with language support so that we can help more clients in the future. Please also get in touch with Lucy@eyst.org.uk 
Race Alliance Wales - CPG on Impact of the Police Bill

We had a great turnout for the Cross Party Group on Race and Equality, for which RAW provide the secretariat. Chaired by John Griffiths MS and with Jenny Rathbone MS, the meeting focused on the proposed Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill, and heard from key speakers from the Gypsy and Traveller community – if you missed it you can watch it here: Police Crime Sentencing & Courts Bill: Criminalising a way of life? - YouTube The Bill will be debated in the Senedd on January 11th 2022.  Race Alliance Wales continues to invite members and supporters! For more info contact info@racealliance.wales

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Creativity in action in BME Invest placements

The BME Invest team has seen another two participants start in November.  Alex (pictured) is based with Mess Up The Mess – a Theatre Arts group based in Carmarthenshire - and Yilin is working with Chinese in Wales Association putting her skills as an artist and designer to good use.

We are sad to see some of our participants leave the project as they come to the end of their 16-week placement and wish them well as they start new employment, self-employment or training opportunities.

New vacancies have been posted on the website for Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Neath/Port Talbot as well as for Cardiff and Newport for the next round of placements due to start in early January so take a look at the EYST website to see what is live. If you are interested in hosting a paid placement (16 hours/week for 16 weeks) or are interested in finding out more about the Active Inclusion Strand 2 placements funded by ESF (European funds) and managed by WCVA, please contact Deborah@eyst.org.uk

Time to Change Wales - Champion Training completed!

In partnership with Time to Change Wales, EYST are working to challenge mental health stigma in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. In doing so, one of the areas we are working on is recruiting Champions - individuals who are able to share their thoughts and experiences which can help others in the future. Once the training is complete, the Champion may volunteer their time to write a blog, host a podcast or run a workshop that involves mental health in some aspect! They may also challenge how employers think about mental health to improve their understanding.

Our first round saw Rachelle and Ceri delivering the session to participants of different generations which was wonderful to see! Many thanks as the participants praised the facilitators. Another round will therefore be run after the new year!

The next date for Champion Training will be held:

  • Thursday 20th January
  • Session One: 9.30am - 12pm and Session Two: 1pm - 3pm
  • Virtual via Zoom
To sign up for the training, please get in touch with info@timetochangewales.org.uk
Helpline is now Free to Phone
Call: 0808 801 0720
(Monday – Friday 10.00am – 6.00pm)
Text: 07537 432 416
LIVE Webchat
Email: helpline@eyst.org.uk
For more information, please visit our website: 
https://multilingualhelpline.wales/

We’re excited to report that the Multilingual Helpline is now free to call with a new Freephone number.  We have also extended our opening hours from Monday-Friday, 10.00am-6.00pm. Our text number remains the same and our email has now changed to helpline@eyst.org.uk.

We have also become a member of the national Helpline Partnership scheme. As a team we cover 7 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Hindko, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu. We also have access to a pool of interpreters in 80 languages to support our clients in a 3-way call. 

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