Category Archives: Learning

Willow Basket Weaving at Coeden Fach

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Appeal for unused Teaching and ICT Equipment

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Following the tragic demise of Cyrenians Cymru the Unity in Diversity community drop-in group is now run independently and entirely by volunteers on a very limited budget.

We are in urgent need of whiteboards for our ESOL/training sessions. Additionally we need any unused ICT equipment such as; laptops, desktop computers, tablets and smartphones/mobile devices etc.

We are very keen on re purposing old equipment and have many skills to achieve this within our group. Using alternative operating systems such as Linux can make an old device perform much faster. Ideally we would like a number of machines connected to the Internet for community members to access and understand how to use the government’s Universal Jobmatch website which is particularly difficult even for native English speakers to use. We also plan to have our most competent ICT experts train fellow community members in digital literacy which ties in with the proposed translation of our directory of services in to their respective languages in order to make the myriad of existing services accessible to those who have yet to develop their English language skills.

Following a recent survey of how our community members use mobile technology we learned that the vast majority of people are able to find places/services using map apps and to watch tutorials on YouTube, including English language lessons. Feedback from our survey clearly demonstrates how useful/vital smartphones can be.

Responses in our survey:

Survey Question: Has your phone helped you to find places in Swansea?

  • I found Morriston hospital
  • I ask local people also I check my phone as well
  • I visited my friend
  • My place in Morriston
  • I went to the Liberty stadium
  • It helped me find the library
  • Yes library and hospital
  • Gower College
  • I found community groups.

Re purposing equipment would give those with the skills the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and provide a sense of purpose to those who are often assumed to have no skills – which is an absolute myth!

So if you or your organisation have upgraded your devices and have unused equipment lying around please give us the opportunity to make good use of it.

If you feel you could help please contact: wayneyare@gmail.com

Happy First Aid Trainees

Many thanks to Liam from British Red Cross for making the wonderful first-aid training sessions available to us.

We are very happy to have our community members showing off their new certificates.

If you would like to do first-aid training yourself please come and see us at UiD.

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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.

Good weather makes for great games

We are very happy to say that the football training sessions are in full swing now. The improving weather means we are getting high numbers which makes for more fun!!

Please remember that EVERYONE is welcome to join us.

UiD FC football training
Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm.
Sundays 2pm to 4pm.
Hafod Park Swansea – SA5 9LE

Please see our gallery below for recent pictures.

Storytelling – feedback from participants

Please take a moment to listen to participants at UiD talking about our current storytelling project. 

Building Stories, Vocabulary and Confidence

A great storytelling workshop with Carl Gough and the folks at UiD this evening. An excellent vocabulary building exercise using our imaginations to populate a very interesting story of our own. The feedback from these activities has been very positive. Many see it as a way of bridging the gap of not only language, but culture also. We’ve learned many things about each other’s traditions and the similarities and shared respect for storytelling. Many people are now getting up and sharing their stories which is greatly enjoyed by the group. Please enjoy this visual summary 😉

Ostara and the White Hare

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The wonderful storytelling sessions continue at Unity in Diversity, facilitated by Carl Gough. Our folk love new vocabulary and the same goes for stories, which are strong traditions in many people’s country of origin (as well as our own). Lessons are provided on the subject matter in order for everyone to participate effectively and enjoyably.

Please see Carl in action telling the amazing “Ostara and the White Hare” story.

Re-Cycle

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One of the problems we encounter when talking to the people we support is that of transport. People are ‘placed’ in Swansea by the authorities and sometimes this can mean being up to 8 miles from the city centre where college courses are held, where community groups meet and where support is offered. Having very little to live on, paying expensive bus fares is often NOT an option. Being in a new/strange place and having to walk some distance in bad weather can compound already existing problems for people and hinder their chances of integrating in society. Alongside this people are often required to ‘sign in’ regularly at a location that is over 4 miles from the centre of Swansea.

This is where the RE-Cycle project comes in.

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Over the last few years re-cycle has put around 3000 bikes back on the road in Swansea, all bikes were donated by people who would rather see their bike used rather than melted down for scrap. The not-for-profit social enterprise takes in donated bikes, selling 80% at low cost and the rest go to volunteers in exchange for their time.

Many of our friends at the Unity in Diversity group have benefited from being volunteers with the wonderful Ian at Re-Cycle. The ability to get around is vital for those on low-income and the sense of self-purpose is very important for those who are effectively in limbo most of the time due to uncertainties in their status and the lengthy procedures involved.

Millions of bicycles are discarded in the UK every year. Our whole society needs to address the waste of resources around us. Alongside this, cycling is a great from of exercise, especially with some of the stunning cycle paths we have here in the area. Re-Cyle addresses many different things in the way they work and we will always be very grateful for the way our friends are empowered, mobilised and valued in their contribution.

If you want to:

  • Donate a bicycle
  • Buy a good quality and affordable bicycle
  • Volunteer your time and learn skills
  • Refer someone to the scheme.

Go to their website -> https://recyclesouthwales.wordpress.com/

FINDING RE-CYCLE SWANSEA

Just off Bryn-y-Mor Road, in a courtyard behind the Mill Pub on Catherine Street, SA1 4NE.

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