Author Archives: UiD Swansea

BEGINNER’S ENGLISH CLASS RESUMED

Unity in Diversity is proud to announce that the popular morning English classes for beginners have returned! The classroom doors re-opened for the first time again on the 8th of September 2022.

Classes closed at the beginning of the summer because Shawn left to chase her dreams after finishing her degree at Swansea University.

Here is the updated poster of our services at this time:

Come along to one of our meetings on Thursday, enjoy a warm meal and discussions with fellow community members.

WOMEN’S PAMPERING DAY

Members of UiD and their friends got an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing Saturday morning at Women’s Pampering Day organised by Saba. This meet-up at the Glynn Vivian provided free manicures, pedicures, nail art, and special make-up sessions for all the female members of UiD who signed up for the event.
Ladies enjoyed a relaxing morning chatting and getting pampered by trained professionals. Colourful nails were getting painted by nail art specialists.

A little bit of pain was experienced through the eyebrow threading technique which included using a thin, doubled, cotton thread twisted to make a figure 8 and which was then rolled over the areas of unwanted hair which plucks the hair at the follicle level.

Just like our necks, backs, and shoulders, our feet can also benefit from regular rubdowns! Foot massages improve circulation, stimulate muscles, might reduce tension, and often ease the pain.

Hazle, one of the ladies and volunteers present at the event said: ‘It was fun …and pleasantly cool! Next on in the autumn, don’t miss out!’ Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the next one!

UiD’s Clothing Bank Update

As many of our long-term members know, Unity in Diversity runs a clothing bank in Sketty.  All items donated to the clothing bank are sorted and then delivered to members by UiD’s amazing volunteers and volunteer drivers. UiD still tries to reach out to its members either individually by asking what they need or utilises the private chat where members can express what they need or pick from options available at the moment.

Adella and Tolu in front of the stairs to the Clothing Bank

However, recently UiD’s Clothing Bank has branched out! Members who attend Thursday meetings can browse through a collection of clothes, toys, and other items at The York Place Baptist Church from 4.15pm to 5.45pm by signing up at the door. Only members who signed up for an appointment are allowed to venture upstairs and browse through the selection of goods. 

Tolu posing in front of the clothes from the Clothing Bank

This smaller Clothing Bank at The York Place Baptist Church is run by our amazing volunteers: Tolu, Shahee, Drita, Drakshan, and Katy. A big thank you goes to all the ladies for keeping up the hard work!

Tolu and Simona in front of the stairs to the Clothing Bank

REFUGEE WEEK 2022- TRIP TO PORT EYNON

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity, and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Through a programme of arts, cultural, sports, and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week enables people from different backgrounds to connect.

The theme of Refugee Week 2022 was ‘Healing’, and members of UiD alongside trustees and volunteers celebrated with a trip to Port Eynon in collaboration with other Swansea-based charities.

UiD decided to approach the theme of ‘Healing’ and connect it with the healing abilities that nature can have on us and organised a trip to Port Eynon!. Port Eynon, is a village and community with the Swansea and is the most southerly point on Gower. Despite the sad weather, the group enjoyed a tour of the remains of the Port Eynon Castle as well as a visit to Salt House and Smuggles’s cave.

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Whether it’s about looking after ourselves and each other at difficult times, overcoming political divisions, coming together to fight for the survival of our shared beautiful planet, healing matters to all of us. It can be hard to heal from trauma. Art, creativity, community, and nature can help us find peace in ourselves and guide us through the hard times. And for refugees, healing can be about finding safety in a new community and making new memories in the place they found themselves to be in. UiD members took it upon themselves to combine nature and art, and created beach art!

SAFETY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Staying connected with friends and family, introducing innovative ways of learning, and creating new ways of expressing yourself are just a few advantages of social media and the internet that we enjoy on daily basis.

Follow these tips to safely enjoy social media:

  1. Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social media
  2. Protect your reputation on social media. Don’t forget: Once posted, always posted.
  3. Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on social media. Follow the rule: Keep personal information personal.
  4. Use your personal profile for only friends you know and trust. Know and manage your friends.
  5. Report anything that makes you uncomfortable. Know what action to take if someone is making you uncomfortable, harassing pr threatening you.  Follow the REMOVE, BLOCK, REPORT rule.

Make sure you also protect the device you are using:

  • Use a strong password.
  • Use a different password for each of your social media accounts
  • Set up your security answers.
  • Password protect your devices.

Read more here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/social-media-how-to-use-it-safely

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.