Em’s Big Pembrokeshire Swim for SWANSEA BAY ASYLUM SEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP on MyDonate

A note from Emily, who is going to do a sponsored swim on 3rd August 2017 to raise money for Unity in Diversity (UiD) and SBASSG.

See below for details:

“In two weeks time, I’m going to take on my biggest swim challenge yet:  22 miles around the Pembrokeshire coast. From Amroth to Freshwater East, finishing back at Swanlake Bay.

I’m raising money for 2 fantastic organizations: Unity in Diversity (UiD) and Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group (SBASSG), that provide friendship, support, advice and services to people who have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the UK.

I’m swimming in loving memory of two friends who were instrumental in motivating me to swim but tragically died last September. Rache Dougherty, my closest childhood friend, and Russ Ward who coached me first to do the Solent and then the Channel relay.

This swim is a big deal for me as I’ll be swimming round all the tricky headlands and rocky outcrops, through Caldey Sound and past military artillery zones. And the Pembrokeshire sea is swarming with jellyfish at the moment.

But I’m spurred on by the great work of UiD and SBASSG, and from the ongoing inspiration from Rache and Russ whose positivity and encouragement are still great drivers in my life.

Dan will kayak alongside me. He’s hoping to catch fish along the way and cook up fresh mackerel on a fire in the evenings. Yum.

Please, please sponsor me
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/emilyhinshelwood

I will be keeping a blog to let you know of my progress: http://jellyfishjemboree.co.uk/

If anyone would like to join us in swimming, kayaking or just enjoying the Pembrokeshire coast, do get in touch…. http://jellyfishjemboree.co.uk/about/

Love,

Emily”

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Source: Em’s Big Pembrokeshire Swim for SWANSEA BAY ASYLUM SEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP on MyDonate

Signpost Training – Referral Routes for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Swansea area

Signpost Training

Swansea is a city of welcome and there are a great number of existing services available to asylum seekers and refugees. It is our aim to connect the people we support with much needed help in their new communities.

With the aim of improving the capacity of individuals/organisations in supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Swansea area, Unity in Diversity (Swansea 2015) and Swansea BayAsylum Seeker Support Group invite you to complete the following activity. Participants who demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate referral routes will receive a certificate of acknowledgement in using effective signposting.logo-and-cert

Using our Directory of Services, appropriate referral routes will be identified using example case scenarios. As this is designed to improve our collective capacity participants and organisations that contribute extra information on new/existing services will have specific feedback and acknowledgement for improving the directory as contributors.

This training is provided free of charge and is open to any individual/organisation with an interest in supporting asylum seekers and refugees. Organisations that have a number of staff participating will receive acknowledgement in the form of an ‘Organisation Certificate’. It is very important to note that many of the services in our directory support the general population, not just asylum seekers and refugees.

Let’s get Started

  1. Please browse/study our directory of services

↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑  Navigate the directory using these buttons

2. Identify appropriate referral routes and enter on our online form

Thank you very much for your participation!

Participants who demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate referral routes will receive a certificate of acknowledgement in using effective signposting.

Resources

Our Directory of Services and Links is free to print, use and share 🙂

Directory of Services and Links – Printable Version Here

Signpost Training – Printable Version Here

Pay What You Can Afford: Matt’s Cafe Taster Session Monday Feb 27th 12-4pm

Matt’s Cafe is part of the Real Junk Food (TRJF) Project, a network of national and international cafes (both permanent and pop-ups) with one central objective: to intercept food waste destined for land fill and use it to feed people who need it, on a pay as you feel basis.

Matt’s Cafe is the first registered café on the TRJF network in Swansea.

It is based at Matthew’s House, High Street, Swansea, SA1 1LW  More info at: http://matthewshouse.org.uk/matts-cafe/
The innovative pay as you feel concept encourages people to think about what that plate of food means to them, and value it in whatever way they can. By choosing not to segregate people based on financial circumstances these cafes can be funded, but in a manner that neither patronises those who need it most and empowers others to freely support it.

It provides the balance between the need for funding and the need for giving, but it does so in a very blended format – everyone is equal in being fed, it is up to the individual to pay what they feel.

Our three pillars:

  • To reduce food waste
  • To feed those with or without funds
  • To provide opportunities for those who are long-term unemployed

 

Matt’s Cafe is holding a taster session on Monday February 27th between 12 and 4pm and more information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841094242805520/

Asylum seekers and refugees are be welcome to attend the cafe and can pay what they can afford / what they feel the food is worth.

Job Opportunity: Accommodation Development Worker with SBASSG

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“Share Tawe Accommodation Development Worker.

  • 21 hours a week
  • 2 year post, funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Based in Swansea
  • Salary £21,000 per annum Pro Rata. Statutory pension contributions

We are looking for someone to co-ordinate and develop our work with destitute asylum seekers. S/he will:

  • Coordinate Share Tawe – a successful scheme which links asylum seekers who have been made destitute, with local volunteer households willing to offer accommodation.
  • Pilot and evaluate a “shared house” project for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Help people move on from destitution

The successful candidate will be:

  • A clear and sensitive communicator
  • A person of sound judgement and able to prioritise
  • Highly organised and with good written English and IT skills.

Ideally they will have experience of working alongside asylum seekers and refugees – or first-hand experience of seeking asylum.

However we are interested in all applicants who have the commitment, skills and attitudes needed for work.

Interview date: 1st March 2017

Closing date for applications. Friday 10th February 9.00am

Candidates must email their completed applications in word format (not in pdf or any other format) to alantswansea@gmail.com to reach this address by Friday Feb 10th 9.00am.

If you have any practical difficulties in filling out this form, please email marilynmilesthomas@gmail.com  As SBASSG is a small volunteer led organisation we are not able to deal with general enquiries prior to interview.

Download the Application Pack for Accommodation Development Worker and email completed application forms to  alantswansea@gmail.com by Friday Feb 10th 9:00am.”

Original post by Eleri here: https://swansea.cityofsanctuary.org/2017/01/26/job-opportunity-accommodation-development-worker-with-sbassg

Free English Classes in Swansea University: February-April 2017

“ELTS offers free English Language Classes to any non-native speaker of English in the local area at Pre-intermediate level or above via our Teacher Training programme.

There does not need to be any connection to the University. Please circulate these details freely to likely participants and within your own networks.

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday 1st February – Friday 7th April 2017
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays – 1300 – 1500
    • Keir Hardie Room 250 Upper Intermediate
    • Keir Hardie Room 130 Intermediate (not Thursdays)
    • Keir Hardie Room 230 Pre-Intermediate
  • We will hold drop-in registration sessions for new students as follows. These will be in:
  • ELTS’ foyer, floor 3 Margam Building, Singleton Campus:
    • 1200-1500 Tuesday 24th January
    • 1200-1500 Wednesday 25th January
    • 1200-1500 Thursday 26th January

Students with additional queries should contact:

p.l.neville@swansea.ac.uk

While we try to accommodate all who wish to attend, pre-registered students will have priority if numbers reach our class limits.

We regret we are not able to reimburse travel expenses.”

Thanks to our funders

Update 7 December 2016:

We have been successful in funding applications to:

Logos will be posted!