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Welcome to Swansea Mentoring Project

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The Welcome to Swansea scheme is a brand new project which aims to provide a warm welcome to sanctuary seekers when they first arrive in Swansea.

Sanctuary seekers will be met by a volunteer mentor who will introduce them to places, people and groups. The purpose of the scheme is to promote integration and ensure that sanctuary seekers are able to meet their aspirations in their new home.

We are looking for volunteers. If you feel you’ve got what it takes to make a crucial difference at a pivotal point in someone’s life then please contact us.

We will be holding training sessions for volunteer mentors at the following times and places:

  • Thursday 6th August 9:30am -1:30pm. Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (see map)*
  • Tuesday 11th August. 4:30pm to 6pm. Unity in Diversity Swansea (see map)
  • Tuesday 13th August. 4:30pm to 6pm. Unity in Diversity Swansea (see map)
  • Tuesday 1st September. 9:30am -1:30pm. Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (see map)*

* bus fares refunded for these sessions

Please contact Hannah to sign up or to find out more.

Email: hannah@dpia.org.uk

Phone: 07496 172896

About Us

The “Welcome to Swansea” project started in 2015 and is part of the City of Sanctuary movement. The staff are employed by Displaced People in Action.

We aim to welcome refugees and asylum seekers and promote their well-being.

What does a mentor do?

A mentor is a trained volunteer who supports people to access the things that they want and need to be doing. For instance they might:

  • Demonstrate bus routes.
  • Show affordable places to shop.
  • Give information on health and social care services.
  • Support people to find social and leisure activities.
  • Support people to find training and volunteering opportunities.

The mentoring process aims to support a person to become as independent as possible. The relationship is a short, but powerful one.

Could you give someone a warm Swansea welcome?

If so then why not become a volunteer mentor?

Mentors provide a crucial service at an important time in people’s lives. Many asylum seekers who arrive in Swansea may not know the place, systems…and most importantly the people. Having a friendly face to provide a welcome can make all the difference.

Who can become a mentor?

Anyone can become a mentor. We particularly welcome applications from people who have experience of seeking sanctuary or who live in areas close to Sanctuary seekers.

We do ask for some skills and attributes which are outlined in the role description.

What does it cost?

Nothing! The project is free to volunteers. We will also pay for bus fares and other expenses when you are volunteering with us.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own.
Benjamin Disraeli

How do I get involved?

If you would like to get involved or find out more then please contact us. We will be very happy to talk to you.

What is involved?

The project involves 3 stages:

  1. Initial induction and training period: Where we find out a bit about you and tell you about the scheme.
  2. Regular sessions with a participant: There will usually be between 2 and 8 sessions. They usually last 2-4 hours each.
  3. An evaluation session: to see how useful it has been and how we can improve.

We offer you the opportunity to mentor as often as you like.

Contact Us:

Our Swansea office is at SCVS (see map). Please feel free to drop in and see us!

Contact

Email: hannah@dpia.org.uk
Web: http://swansea.cityofsanctuary.org/
Phone: 07821 629673
(If you send us a text or email then we can call you back)

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Willow Basket Weaving at Coeden Fach

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Keen participation at Welsh refugee consultation event

A wonderful turnout at last week’s consultation event. The Welsh refugee council kindly provided an opportunity for people to express their concerns and ideas. This was greatly valued by the participants.

I am happy to have the opportunity to talk about the problems my family face in a way that we feel comfortable and safe.

There were many important areas discussed and the general feeling that although things can’t be improved immediately it was comforting to know that this will help people in the future.

Many thanks to the Welsh refugee council for providing the chance for people to be heard – it was greatly valued.

Very well done to our wonderful translators who ultimately allowed those without English language skills to have their say and to understand discussions.

Further gratitude goes to Hannah from Swansea city of Sanctuary for her kind help.

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Welsh Refugee Council Focus Group

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We are very happy to announce that the Welsh Refugee Council will be holding a focus group at the UiD community drop-in. As directed by Welsh Government, the WRC will consult with asylum seekers and refugees living in the Swansea area in order to; understand people’s experiences of living in Wales, discuss any barriers faced and to suggest what Welsh Government should prioritise in terms of areas of inequality.

Details:

Day/Date: Thursday 4th June 2015

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Address: UiD Community Drop-in, Caepistyll St, Waun Wen, Swansea. SA1 2BE

Storytelling Slideshow and Feedback

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Sharing Stories – Sharing Understanding. End of Project Celebration.

We are very proud of our participants at yesterday’s storytelling end of project celebration. Many thanks to Carl Gough from World of Connections, NIACE and Beyond The Border for providing these engaging and fun activities for us at UiD. We are very happy to have had so many people participating in the storytelling sessions and preparation lessons. Enormous respect for those that got up and told stories so well and importantly in a language other than their own. The outcomes have been fantastic with tangible evidence of improving English language skills and self-confidence. Something that has echoed throughout are the connections made between cultures and our collective love/need for stories. We have learnt so much about each other’s backgrounds, absolutely fantastic.

Many many thanks to all involved, especially the brave folks that got up and gave it their all at yesterday’s event. The feedback was excellent – we are very proud indeed.

Unity in Diversity Vs Swansea University staff – Our first match!!!

varsity_logo_2015 BREAKING NEWS!!! UiD FC has been kindly invited to play a Swansea University staff team at warm-ups for the University Varsity event. The match will be at 5pm on Monday 30th March at the football grounds next to the Wales national pool Swansea. Postcode – SA2 8EE (see map below). This is very exciting for us as it presents an opportunity to get the team properly started, to give the players the experience of playing as part of a team and to understand how we function effectively together. An excellent chance to be seen and to share the fun, healthy and inclusive nature of our team. We remind you that everyone is welcome to join us at training sessions held at Hafod park on Sundays 2pm to 4pm. If you have an interest in friendships across diverse cultures and developing your game please join us. Full info on UiD training sessions here: Unity in Diversity Football Training – Flyer-Map-Info Monday’s match to be played here:

Human Rights Awareness session with BAWSO

An amazing turnout for BAWSO’s human rights awareness session at UiD. With over 60+ people in attendance the relevance of the subject matter to the people we support at UiD is clearly evident. Many thanks to Magda and Veronica.

The content of the presentation was very informative indeed, not only for the UiD members but for our local community volunteers also. Questions were asked and responded to perfectly, giving clear examples that in turn gave our local volunteers an insight into issues surrounding the people they love to support. Awareness was raised all round on a vital subject.

We are hoping to extend some sessions on this with participants taking a lead role. Stay Tuned!!

For more information on BAWSO’s work click here -> http://www.bawso.org.uk/

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Magda delivering human rights awareness session