Author Archives: UiD Swansea

WALK AND TALK 2022

On Friday, April 22 Unity in Diversity organised another Walk&Talk event for its members!

For those who are not familiar with UiD’s concept of Walk&Tall, let us explain! Walk&Talk is a guided walk through Swansea with apppointed speakers that present Swansea’s most popular landmarks. Each speaker presents research on the landmark of their choosing to enlighten new residents of Swansea. UiD and its members find this event impornat and popular amongs refugees and asylum seekers since it allowes them to get to know the city they have founs themselves in.

Our group photo in front of Dylan Thomas’ statue!

Starting at York Place Baptist Church we made our way to Swansea Castle, walked through Wind Street and stopped at the Morgans Hotel. We contintied with a exhibition in the Mission Gallery, and stopped to have a presentation on Dylan Thomas and his life. Then we walked through the Marina where we had a speaker talking about the most famous ships and they ties to National Waterfront Museum. Our walk stopped at the beach where we continued the conversation about Swansea.

Event organisators!

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Criminal Justice in Wales is looking at how asylum seekers and refugees experience the Criminal Justice System. They are going to report to the Welsh Government with an Anti Racist Action Plan for the Criminal Justice System in Wales. The session will be led by Mark Jones. Marj is part of the group advising the Welsh Government.

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Have you had contact with the police or the courts as a refugee or an asylum seeker? Come and share your experiences, good or bad. This is a great chance to share and have a conversation with a sympathetic person about this issue.

BOOKS TO BORROW

Come along to one of our meetings and meet the amazing Hazle.

Hazle has turned into our resident librarian. Thanks to her Unity in Diversity now has a ‘Books to Borrow’ service with books tailored to low-level learners.  It is highly motivating for foreign language learners to discover that they can read in English and that they enjoy it. For this reason, it is essential that the books are interesting to students and at a level appropriate to their reading ability. If students find the books compelling and interesting and can understand them, they may become more eager readers. Books provided by Hazle have been adapted by avoiding using difficult grammar and vocabulary for people learning a foreign language.

Since it is a borrowing service you will be asked to sign in with your details and return the book within two weeks. If you don’t finish it in two weeks, you can renew it by informing Hazle.

So, come along one Thursday to see what books are waiting for you! We have classics like Sherlock Holmes, romance novels and more just waiting for you to read.

SECOND FREE EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP

Where: City Centre (near the Swansea Bus Station)

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When: March 2-3 OR March 23-24 (Two-day workshop)

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Time: 09:00 – 15:00 with a lunch break

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Topics covered:

  • How to look for jobs
  • How to write a CV
  • How to apply for a job
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • UK work culture and laws

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Details and registration here: https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/employment-workshops2S

Beginner’s English Class- Meet New Teacher Shawn

With Heidi, UiD’s former teacher, successfully graduating from Swansea University, UiD was short on an English teacher! Fortunately, Heidi managed to find a replacement and UiD welcomed a new member, Shawn.

Shawn is a CELTA certified teacher currently teaching Entry-Level English classes on Thursday mornings. She also has experience with teaching Critical Thinking workshops in Malaysia and likes to incorporate those teaching techniques into her classes to give her students an opportunity to express their thoughts and emotions freely in English. She also likes to focus on the individual weaknesses of her students and help with overcoming them.

Shawn is also very keen on not just teaching but learning herself, and since the group of her students are from all around the world, she gets an opportunity to learn something new about different cultures every week.

Shawn became the favourite almost immediately, with her students willing to change the time of class just so they can keep her! In similar way, Shawn is very proud and happy to see the progress of her students and witness how their confidence in using English is going up. New students keep coming every week to her own surprise. She never has enough worksheets because she is never expecting that many people to show up! In her own words ‘They keep coming and never disappoint!’.

If you are interested in Entry-Level free English classes, please contact unityswansea@gmail.com or jendave.browell@gmail.com for more information.

FREE EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOPS

Where: City Centre (near the Swansea Bus Station)

When: March 2-3 OR March 23-24 (Two-day workshop)

Time: 09:00 – 15:00 with a lunch break

Topics covered:

  • How to look for jobs
  • How to write a CV
  • How to apply for a job
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • UK work culture and laws

Details and registration here: https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/employment-workshops2

BEGINNER’S ENGLISH CLASS MOVED TO THURSDAYS

As of 3 of February 2022 popular Entry-level (Beginner), English classes will be moved to Thursdays at 10am.

The classes will be held in York Place Baptist Church, York Street, Swansea, SA1 3LZ every Thursday at 10am starting on 3/02/2022.

WELCOME BACK- UiD IS REOPENING

We are delighted to inform that Unity in Diversity is reoping for its regular meeting days at York Place Baptist Church with Covid Safety Rules in place.

*Covid Safety Rules:

  • Face coverings are mandatory (you have to wear a face mask)
  • 2 metres social distancing in place
  • Temperature check at the entrance
  • A limited number of people allowed in

You are also strongly encouraged to do a Lateral Flow Test before coming to the church. You can get an LFT free of charge at any pharmacy in Wales!

We are lookign forward to welcoming you again!

Team UiD

The Swansea City of Sanctuary Award

Sanctuary Awards are provided by the networks of local groups and the City of Sanctuary UK to recognise and celebrate organisations’ commitment to values and visions of welcome and inclusivity and enable them to become active participants in the City of Sanctuary Network. Any community group, private organisation, public sector service, or other bodies which contribute towards the vision of welcome can apply for the award!

Unity in Diversity has been given the Swansea City of Sanctuary award in recognition of its work and ongoing commitment to engage with and celebrate the positive contribution of refugees and asylum seekers.

Adella and David holding the Swansea City of Sanctuary Award

Unity in Diversity activities abide by the values of welcome and inclusivity while providing a safe place in Swansea for refugees and asylum seekers to come, chat and learn. Unity in Diversity provides a home-cooked meal for the attendees with fun activities to participate in, including Arts and Crafts and Taekwondo, and a Beginner or Intermediate English class twice a week.

And thanks to that Unity in Diversity has been granted the Swansea City of Sanctuary Award once again!

Taekwondo classes at UiD 

Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art, that teaches more than defensive fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. It has become a global sport that had gained an international reputation and stands among the official games at the Olympics.

Tae and Kwon mean ‘fists and feet,’ or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. The second meaning states that it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. Thus, Taekwondo means “the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world.”

 We are lucky enough to have our own classes at the UiD every week. South Korean Master Charles Kim who has been practising Taekwondo for over 30 years teaches the class almost every week. Master Charles Kim has a black belt which means ‘to sacrifice to others those who are in helping’ and he can issue an official certification that is approved by World Taekwondo Headquarters.

There are four belt classifications: white, blue, red, and black that cohere with the Korean national flag. However, many other colours are used to encourage young trainees to keep up with the good work! Classes at the UiD are available for children aged 8 to 12 but only with parental supervision.

Adults are welcome too!

Please sign up by emailing David at jendave.browell@gmail.com