Join the Party! Join the Refugee Week Wales 2015 Festival
The Welsh Refugee Council, the Wales Millennium Centre, The Riverfront and Oriel Learning in partnership with other sector organisations in Wales presents:
Refugee Week Wales Safer Streets in Wales Festival – June 13th -21st, 2015. Go to the events to Join the Party
The UK Government must ensure that saving lives in the Mediterranean is a priority.
Arts Council of Wales funds Refugee Week Wales 2015
We are really excited to tell you that the Arts Council Wales has agreed to fund us for the delivery of a series of events and creative collaborations across Wales during Refugee Week 15-21 June 2015.
This project will enable us to promote positive perceptions of refugees in Wales. With such a strong anti-immigration rhetoric we have a lot to do to change the conversation and ensure that people are treated with respect and dignity. The Arts Council Wales funding will enable us to deliver street parties in Wrexham, Newport and Cardiff that celebrate the contribution of refugees in Wales.
If you would like to share ideas, be involved or keep informed then please join our planning groups by getting in touch with Althea Collymore
We cannot wait to party with you in June!
Equalities and Inclusion Grant (EIG) update
It is nearly the end of the first year of the Refugee Inclusion project funded by the Welsh Governments Equality and Inclusion grant. This grant covers both core and project costs enabling the organisation to develop and grow, as well as focusing on changing policy, practice and perceptions to ensure that asylum seekers and refugees are safe and respected in Wales. This year we have:
- Moved the Cardiff office from Newport Road to Broadway, where we continue to have a flow of asylum seekers and refugees asking advice and accessing the internet to contact the new Asylum Help service.
- Re-launched our ESOL provision in partnership with the University of South Wales to deliver four ESOL sessions a week.
- Worked with stakeholders in Wrexham, Swansea and Cardiff to develop a Refugee Manifesto that we are already discussing with Welsh Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Plaid policy leads to ensure that the next programme for government includes our priorities.
- Organised a roundtable to learn from the Scottish Guardianship programme and start to develop a Welsh Guardianship model to ensure that asylum seeker and refugee children can access asylum information, welfare and support.
- Continued to put asylum seekers and refugees at the heart of policy and practice through working with DPIA to create a short film on Hate Crime and responding to relevant policy consultations.
- Delivered a successful Refugee Week Wales 2014 that had 15,000 people participating in 22 events with 40 participating organisations to include 7 refugee community organisations, over 44 nationalities and 5 media activities.
We are currently setting the objectives and work plan for 2015, if you have ideas or want to know more please let us know.
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We support the UNHCR’s global resettlement programme.
The Welsh Refugee Council joins 25 UK Charities asking the UK Government to do more for Syria by joining the global resettlement programme. We call upon the UK Government to share the responsibility and accept 30,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from the region. For more information Read the Joint agency letter to the PM’s office and find out more on the Fact sheet on resettlement-humanitarian admissions for Syrian refugees
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