Free English Classes in Swansea University: February-April 2017

“ELTS offers free English Language Classes to any non-native speaker of English in the local area at Pre-intermediate level or above via our Teacher Training programme.

There does not need to be any connection to the University. Please circulate these details freely to likely participants and within your own networks.

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday 1st February – Friday 7th April 2017
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays – 1300 – 1500
    • Keir Hardie Room 250 Upper Intermediate
    • Keir Hardie Room 130 Intermediate (not Thursdays)
    • Keir Hardie Room 230 Pre-Intermediate
  • We will hold drop-in registration sessions for new students as follows. These will be in:
  • ELTS’ foyer, floor 3 Margam Building, Singleton Campus:
    • 1200-1500 Tuesday 24th January
    • 1200-1500 Wednesday 25th January
    • 1200-1500 Thursday 26th January

Students with additional queries should contact:

p.l.neville@swansea.ac.uk

While we try to accommodate all who wish to attend, pre-registered students will have priority if numbers reach our class limits.

We regret we are not able to reimburse travel expenses.”

Swansea Charity Fundraiser Concert for Unity in Diversity – 26th March at 8pm

Charity fundraiser concert for Unity in Diversity

Saturday March 26th: 8pm @ the Garage, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0NP

A truly epic line up!!

-> The Sporadics
-> Junior Bill
-> The Chalk Outlines
-> The Low Blows
-> DJ Neil

Tickets £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door

Tickets available from Derrick’s Records Online or from the Garage itself.

FREE FOR UID COMMUNITY MEMBERS 🙂

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Hearing the Unheard: Swansea City of Sanctuary (SA1 5JQ) Friday, 25th September 2015 from 09:30-16:00

Swansea City of Sanctuary is hosting a thematic workshop on September 25th with a focus on using art, drama, creative writing, and digital voice as a way of capturing and representing voices and stories from Asylum Seekers and Refugees that are not often heard. This will be followed by activities in the afternoon that highlight the importance of supporting and sharing ideas about how organisations and individuals could take action to welcome and support Asylum Seekers and Refugees. This will include workshops and presentations on what barriers there are to participation, how to include Asylum Seeker and Refugee voices in your organisation as well as what organisations have done that could be replicated as examples of best practice.

This workshop is designed for organisations that do not have much experience in supporting and working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees but would like to gain more knowledge about some of the barriers that are faced by people seeking sanctuary. Additionally it is aimed at organisations that are looking for new and interesting ways of representing and including Refugee and Asylum Seeker voices within organisations.

Some of our supporters who will be contributing to the day include the West Yorkshire Playhouse, African Community Centre, Oasis, Hafan Books and the Uk’s first Shop of Sanctuary Oxfam Castle Street.

In the evening there is a play called 9 Lives by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Taliesin at 7.30pm, it would be an excellent way of concluding the workshop. Here is a blurb about the play:

‘Fleeing from his home in Zimbabwe where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life, Ishmael has sought sanctuary in the UK. Dispersed to Leeds, Ishmael waits to hear his fate, he waits for a new life to begin amongst strangers. Strangers who don’t trust him and don’t want him there. But not everyone is bad… can he find a place to call home again?’

To find out more and to book tickets please go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hearing-the-unheard-tickets-18308165215

If you have any queries, please contact Richenda by email – richenda@dpia.org.uk

Revisiting ‘Between a Mountain and a Sea: Refugees Writing in Wales’

Between a Mountain and a Sea: Refugees Writing in Wales was published back in 2003 to raise awareness about the plight of refugees in Wales.

Its launch was covered by a BBC news article Asylum seekers and refugees in print, with the following extract:

I Feel Like Nobody Here by Maxson Sahr Kpakio

Feel like nobody here, ashamed, like everybody
Hates me,
But they don’t know me, they really
Don’t know who I am either,
Only they know what they read in the
Newspapers about me
And that is not me.
I feel like nobody here,
Despite the torture and persecution I managed
To escape from home, in search
Of a land of peace and respect for
Human rights, as soon as I got in,
I was put into detention centre,
And the newspapers did the rest.

If you are interested in reading more, you can find the book at Amazon here: Between a Mountain and a Sea: Refugees Writing in Wales.