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Welsh Government – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Delivery Plan (2015)

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60+ people complete our 7-part Food Safety Coaching course

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We are very happy to say that over 60 people have attended and completed our Food Safety Coaching course at UiD.

We strive to meet the needs and exploit the interests of our community members when planning and delivering classes/training. This course was very popular as it is seen as being very useful for those who need to populate their CVs and ultimately find work in the future.

There will be a lot of people receiving certificates in the next few weeks. Well done to those who participated any many thanks indeed to our wonderful volunteers, without whom this would have been very difficult to manage given the high numbers of learners in the classes.

We provide the slideshows/materials freely for those who would like to review the course or have an interest.

Food Safety Coaching – Keeping Equipment Separate

Another wonderful turnout for second lesson in Food safety Coaching, 34 people! This lesson focused on using separate equipment in the kitchen. It was great hear the learners using important vocabulary and ideas from our previous lesson. This clearly demonstrates that the areas we have covered have been retained and we are now able to move on to other areas effectively.

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Please see our slideshow for the lesson presentation and learning materials.

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Food Safety Coaching – Hand-Washing

We are very happy to report that our first session in Food Safety Coaching went very well last night with 30 keen participants present. This session focused on effective hand-washing when planning to handle food. Please see the slideshow for details and information on the following 6 sessions on this course.

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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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Appeal for volunteer football coaches @ UiD FC

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Owing to growing popularity of UiD FC we now have large numbers of people showing up and playing at our training sessions and matches.

Our coach is very concerned that with the large numbers attending people may not get as much out of it as they’d like. He is asking for help/support.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone with an interest in meeting people from diverse cultures and football coaching.

We have 2 training sessions a week, 2 hours on a Sunday and 2 hours on a Wednesday evening

If you or anyone you know is interested in football coaching and its benefits/social outcomes for this group of people please contact the UiD coach, Martin.

email: martiansparks@gmail.com

phone: 07932 400995

Additionally, we’d be very grateful for donations of any football equipment whatsoever also.

Well played UiD FC!

Saturday saw our second official game against another side, The Swansea Panthers.

It was an excellent turnout for our team with lots of players eager to have a go.

Many thanks to those that came along and played so hard/well against this long established team.

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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