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.

b

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.

.

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)

.

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-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