Written Response by the Welsh Government to the report of the
Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee entitled “I
used to be someone”: Refugees and asylum seekers in Wales
Swansea is a city of welcome and there are a great number of existing services available to asylum seekers and refugees. It is our aim to connect the people we support with much needed help in their new communities.
With the aim of improving the capacity of individuals/organisations in supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Swansea area, Unity in Diversity (Swansea 2015) and Swansea BayAsylum Seeker Support Group invite you to complete the following activity. Participants who demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate referral routes will receive a certificate of acknowledgement in using effective signposting.
Using our Directory of Services, appropriate referral routes will be identified using example case scenarios. As this is designed to improve our collective capacity participants and organisations that contribute extra information on new/existing services will have specific feedback and acknowledgement for improving the directory as contributors.
This training is provided free of charge and is open to any individual/organisation with an interest in supporting asylum seekers and refugees. Organisations that have a number of staff participating will receive acknowledgement in the form of an ‘Organisation Certificate’. It is very important to note that many of the services in our directory support the general population, not just asylum seekers and refugees.
Let’s get Started
- Please browse/study our directory of services
↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑ Navigate the directory using these buttons
2. Identify appropriate referral routes and enter on our online form
Thank you very much for your participation!
Participants who demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate referral routes will receive a certificate of acknowledgement in using effective signposting.
Our Directory of Services and Links is free to print, use and share 🙂
Directory of Services and Links – Printable Version Here
Signpost Training – Printable Version Here
Matt’s Cafe is part of the Real Junk Food (TRJF) Project, a network of national and international cafes (both permanent and pop-ups) with one central objective: to intercept food waste destined for land fill and use it to feed people who need it, on a pay as you feel basis.
Matt’s Cafe is the first registered café on the TRJF network in Swansea.
It is based at Matthew’s House, High Street, Swansea, SA1 1LW More info at: http://matthewshouse.org.uk/matts-cafe/
The innovative pay as you feel concept encourages people to think about what that plate of food means to them, and value it in whatever way they can. By choosing not to segregate people based on financial circumstances these cafes can be funded, but in a manner that neither patronises those who need it most and empowers others to freely support it.
It provides the balance between the need for funding and the need for giving, but it does so in a very blended format – everyone is equal in being fed, it is up to the individual to pay what they feel.
Our three pillars:
- To reduce food waste
- To feed those with or without funds
- To provide opportunities for those who are long-term unemployed
Matt’s Cafe is holding a taster session on Monday February 27th between 12 and 4pm and more information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841094242805520/
Asylum seekers and refugees are be welcome to attend the cafe and can pay what they can afford / what they feel the food is worth.
Learn English Through Stories (LETS) using Mobile Media – see video at Cherish-De’s Learning Through Stories page
Guest Lecture – Monday 27th February 2017 – 16:00-17:00
Wallace Lecture Theatre, Wallace Building – Singleton Campus SA2 8PP
Prof. Alka Hingorani & Sanket Pethkar (IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India) will talk about their Learn English Through Stories (LETS) project
Design Workshop – Tuesday 28th February 2017 – 10:00-16:00
Venue To Be Decided soon (on Singleton campus)
Brainstorming collaborations, prototypes, and ideas for extending the Learn English Through Stories project.
All welcome. Refreshments provided.
For more information please contact Thomas Reitmaier – Thomas.Reitmaier@Swansea.ac.uk
“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:
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.”
Update 7 December 2016:
We have been successful in funding applications to:
- the Allen Lane Foundation (£12,000 from Oct 2015)
- the New Beginnings Fund (£20,ooo from June 2016, shared equally with Unity in Diversity)
- Tudor Trust (£40,000 over two years from Oct 2016)
- City and County of Swansea‘s Change Fund (£7,040 from June 2016)
- A B Charitable Trust (£10,000 from December 2016)
- Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales (£49,500 for the Share Tawe project over two years from March 2017)
Logos will be posted!