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Have your Say – Equality Objectives 2020

Wales Public Body Equality Partnership 

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Public Consultation on our Strategic Equality Objectives 2020 – 2024

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requires listed bodies to review their equality objectives at least every four years.

Organisations are asked to publish their revised objectives and the steps (the actions) they will take to meet them, and the deadline to publish them is the 1st April 2020. 

In line with recommendations from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and The Welsh Government, several public bodies were keen to work together to agree shared objectives. This has involved the sharing of resource, insight and expertise. The group of bodies known as the ‘Wales Public Body Equality Partnership’ are committed to working together over the long term to deliver joint action to meet the objectives, understanding the collective impact through agreeing transparent outcome measures.

It is hoped that by working together a greater impact will be achieved in the delivery of more equal public services, significantly contributing to tackling inequalities as set out in the ‘Is Wales Fairer report, 2018’.

This collaborative work reflects the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and will directly contribute to the national well-being goal ‘A More Equal Wales’. Throughout the work of the partnership the sustainable development principle and five ways of working will be applied and evidenced.

How do I get involved?

We are holding engagement events about these Equality Objectives.

These events are your chance to tell us what actions we should take to achieve our Equality Objectives.

We welcome both diverse individuals and community groups or third sector organisations at these events –

Book here: 

Mid Wales – 26 November 2019

West Wales – 28 November 2019

South East Wales – 29 November 2019

North Wales – 2 December 2019

You can complete the survey:

The survey (English & Cymraeg)

Read up on the material here:

Consultation Document (English & Cymraeg)

Workforce diversity (English & Cymraeg)

Pay differences (English & Cymraeg)

Engagement (English & Cymraeg)

Procurement (English & Cymraeg)

Service delivery (English & Cymraeg)

Equality impact assessments (English & Cymraeg)

Public Bodies Involved include:

Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Arts Council of Wales (ACW), National Museum Wales (NMW), Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Welsh Language Commissioner (WLC), Careers Wales, Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA), Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), Sport Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Velindre University NHS Trust.

Diverse individuals include:

  • Young people under 26
  • Older people over 50
  • Black and Minority Ethnic people, including Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  • Disabled people. This includes:
    • People with mobility impairments. For example, wheelchair users or people with health conditions that affect walking.
    • People with sensory impairments. For example, Blind, D/deaf, or hearing-impaired people.
    • People with a learning disability. For example, autistic people or people with dyslexia or dyspraxia.
    • People with cognitive impairments. For example, people with dementia or hydrocephalus.
    • People with long-term health conditions. For example, HIV, diabetes or MS.
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
  • Trans people
  • People of different religions and faiths, or of no belief
  • Women and men
  • People who are pregnant or new mothers

Please tell us if you want to contribute in Welsh or English; any dietary requirements you have; and any access requirements you have when you register.

We can reimburse travel, childcare, replacement care, access, and similar costs for diverse individuals. Please contact us before the event for information.

Dementia – End the Stigma: September 19th 2019

Around a hundred people from across the UK gathered in Butetown Community Centre to talk about Dementia on September 19th, at a free event hosted by Diverse Cymru. Throughout the event, stories were told, experiences were gathered, and connections were strengthened.

The event was hosted as part of Diverse Cymru’s BAME Dementia Project. This was established due to evidence that people from BAME communities are not accessing dementia services for a number of reasons. And a problem that already affects approximately 20-25,000 BAME people in the UK is expected to increase by seven or eight times that.

Within the event, wonderful speakers shared their experiences of caring for those with dementia, the value of stories, and of family. The Lord Mayor Councillor Daniel De’Ath highlighted the importance of good service, and Stevie Wonder’s beautiful ‘Yester Me Yester You, Yesterday’ capped off powerful stories of love, heartache, and hope delivered by Humie Webbe and Faith Walker. Mohammed Akhlak Rauf MBE traveled from Bradford to talk about his research, the role of culture, (both societal and service) and gave advice on the difficult conversations.

Finally the group broke into table discussions about what good Dementia care looked like, and experience of good, and poor care.Reports

The event raised awareness of the issue, and of services aimed to support and tackle the issue. It also focused on the human experiences of those who live with and around Dementia.

Event organiser and BME Mental Health Manager at Diverse Cymru, Suzanne Duval BEM, said “It is clear that the needs of BAME people in Wales with Dementia are not being appropriately met. This event is part of taking this work forward and is a wonderful opportunity for the city of Cardiff to take a lead, and show how we respond to the challenge of positively acting upon the issues.”

Thanks to:

This event was hosted by Diverse Cymru, and funded by the Dementia Friendly Communities Small Grants Fund via CAVAMH and the Cardiff and Vale Integrated Health and Social Care Partnership. The event was supported by Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, CAVAMH, FW Consultancy, NTFW, Nexus, Race Council Cymru, and USW.

No-Deal Brexit & Diverse Cymru – Standing with Non-Profit Sector

 

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As Brexit turmoil continues, Welsh organisations express grave concerns about no-deal in letter to Prime Minister 

28 organisations from Wales have joined a group of 87 charities and non-profits from across the UK to outline their concerns about no-deal in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Click here to view the letter.

Following recent announcements on the prorogation of Parliament, over 85 organisations from across the UK have called on the Prime Minister to engage with their ‘grave concerns’ about the impact that leaving the European Union without a deal will have on the voluntary sector, in an open letter.

Signatories urge for better engagement and support from UK Government. They feel concerns about the impacts of no-deal continue to be ignored amid turbulent political movements in Westminster. 

They warn of the dangers that rushing through legislation, in the now drastically reduced parliamentary calendar, will have on the ability of MPs and civil society to fully engage and scrutinise.

The letter has had input from across the devolved nations, as well as a breadth of English regions. The signatories of the letter- which includes organisations working nationally and those delivering front-line services- are unified in their concerns. These concerns include:

  • The uncertainty they are facing while no agreement has been finalised;
  • The threat to communities in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement presented by no-deal;
  • A regression of rights and standards; and
  • Legal uncertainty.

Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of Wales Council for Voluntary Action:

‘The evidence suggests that a no-deal Brexit would negatively impact the UK’s economy and increase hardship on our society’s most vulnerable citizens. The voluntary sector plays an integral role in working with, supporting and empowering at risk people and families and a no-deal Brexit should not be allowed to undermine this work.

 ‘Leaving the EU without an agreement will likely compound the sector’s already hard-pressed funding and staffing while increasing the need for its services, creating a perfect storm. It also raises a myriad of concerns for the sector from the wellbeing of farmers in rural Wales and regression of rights and standards to the legal uncertainty for UK and EU citizens living abroad.’

In the event of no-deal, there would also be a higher risk to current animal welfare, food, as well as environmental, human rights and equality standards. Time is running out to replace the EU agencies that enforce regulations at present. With no official monitoring, standards will be weakened or could fall away entirely with very little scrutiny by Parliament.

Ele Hicks, Policy Manager of Diverse Cymru:

Diverse Cymru are concerned that, in a no-deal scenario, there will not be enough time to replace the vital EU agencies that monitor Equality and Human Rights, and ensure compliance. Diverse Cymru feel that a no-deal Brexit will have a substantial negative impact on diverse communities in Wales.

 ‘The impact of a no-deal Brexit on access to food and medicines is likely to be felt more keenly by diverse communities in Wales. Given the rise in discrimination faced in the wake of the Brexit vote we are concerned a no-deal Brexit will heighten social tensions, whilst putting vital safeguards at risk’

Civil society groups in Northern Ireland continue to express alarm at the impact leaving without a deal would have on the Good Friday Agreement.

Kevin Hanratty, director of the Human Rights Consortium in Belfast, Northern Ireland:

A No-Deal Brexit represents a clear threat to the peace process in Northern Ireland. No-deal means a hard border not just for trade and commerce but for the vital levels of North/South cooperation and regulatory alignment on both sides of the border that were intrinsic to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

For people on the ground, that means deep uncertainty and anxiety. Brexit already meant that we would be regressing in the levels of rights and protections currently available to individuals in Northern Ireland as members of the EU. A no-deal Brexit goes even further and removes even the limited measures planned to offset those disruptions and loss of rights. It’s the equivalent of slapping people in the face and then forcing them to turn the other cheek.

 

Volunteers Week 2019

In support of #VolunteersWeek we have asked our members of staff and volunteers, to speak out on why they volunteer in their spare time. 

Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity and a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

 

 

 

Our Researcher Joe Stockley, volunteers at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and the British Youth Council

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Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because nothing else scratches the itch to help other people quite like it. And while I’m helping other people, I accidentally help myself.

 

What would you say to someone who has never volunteered before?

Life is boring when you’re in it for yourself.

 

 

 

Liam Jones – is undertaking his student placement at Diverse Cymru 

 

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Why do you volunteer?

For me personally, the main motivation has always been to try to make a difference to something that I care about. 

From gaining new skills to meeting new people, volunteering can broaden your horizons in a lot of new and exciting ways, but nothing about volunteering is more rewarding to me than working together with others to try to make your community a better place for everyone to live in. 

 

 

What would you say to someone who has never volunteered before?

Do it! Consider what matters enough to you to make you want to give up your time and seek out other people that feel the same way.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start volunteering sooner.

 

 

 

 

Our Policy Manager Ele Hicks, volunteers with Bi Cymru Wales 

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Why do you volunteer?

I enjoy making a difference. Without volunteers many groups I’ve been involved in wouldn’t exist.

 

What would you say to someone who doesn’t volunteer?

If you have an idea get support and make it happen. Volunteering can help with confidence, skills, experiences, and making a difference.

 

 

Student placement at Diverse Cymru

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Our most recent student placement was student, Sophie Little.

Sophie is a student at Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, and spent her placement working with the Policy and Research team. 

 

 

Sophie said: 

“Volunteering at Diverse Cymru was the thing that made me stand out for my student placement – my experiences here was practically all I talked about in my interview.

“The student placement will be around collecting data on pulling out challenges for 1st year students, typing up transcription notes – really all they asked me about was the time at Diverse Cymru, and working to strict deadlines. When Joe and Ele were off, I came in and got on with it, they really liked that.

“I talked about the amazing experience I had at GOFOD3 – my placement required confidence in networking and talking to organisations, so communicating with a range of different organisations at GOFOD and building my confidence there was really useful.

“The bits I loved the most were that I got to come to staff training; I got to come to a Have Your Say event.

“It made it real, and showed me what working in a charity was really like. So many volunteering opportunities are just paper work and filing, and this volunteering experience was so much more.

“I was never afraid to ask for help – the constant support Ele and Joe provided to me taught me to ask questions when I wasn’t sure.

“Volunteering at Diverse Cymru made me want to work in a charity!”

 

Case study: How one woman made a change

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Diverse Cymru have collated this case study as an example of the change we help to make with our work.

Julia McIntyre is a member of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) group in Cardiff. 

She recently influenced changes to the Adoption Leave and Pay Procedure Policy at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CVUHB), after she attended training by Diverse Cymru on ‘Challenging the Public Sector’.

This led to kinship carers in the organisation being able to access the same leave as those adopting or fostering children. 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Cardiff is a Cardiff-based support group for grandparents and other kinship carers caring for a child full-time.

All of the committee are grandparents with personal understanding of these situations.

What is “kinship care”?

Kinship care means an arrangement where children live with a relative or a close friend, not their birth parents. These children may have already suffered some kind of loss or trauma.

The only alternative to kinship care is local authority care – and possibly adoption.

Julia went along to a Cardiff Health, Social Care and Well-being network meeting, and met Diverse Cymru’s engagement officer there.

Julia said:

“At one meeting, Diverse Cymru mentioned that they were putting on training, focused around challenging the public sector and I went along.

“If I hadn’t received that training from Diverse Cymru, I wouldn’t have dreamt of taking action. The knowledge I gained from the training really stuck with me and gave me confidence to challenge. Grandparents often contact Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with regards to special guardianship. On this particular occasion, two NHS employees came to a GRG meeting for help and advice.

“These individuals had been awarded a Special Guardianship Order for their grandchild. This process was not easy as it involved a court case costing them over £23,000 in fees, working with a social worker and CAFCASS Children’s Guardian. It was hard on them, dealing with the situation itself and the trauma associated with it. 

“If I hadn’t received that training from Diverse Cymru, I wouldn’t have dreamt of taking action.”

“The individuals had asked for special release at work, because when the child arrived, time was needed to accommodate their much wanted grandchild. This was a very precious time for them to adjust and settle into a new lifestyle and continue working. With adoption there is a leave and pay procedure with rights in regard to this, this didn’t exist with kinship care. The individual was given special leave as her ward manager persisted to get her eight weeks away from work; she had to really fight for it.

“Following this, at my place of work, the Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental Leave policy was being updated and HR asked for staff to comment on the policy and make suggestions. With this story in mind, I rang HR with a contribution. I had the conversation with HR about special leave. HR said the special leave the individual had received was actually an entitlement, but, because it was not on the policy, it wasn’t clear to employees.

 “By doing that, they’re leading the way in Wales”

“When the updated policy was released, the Adoption Leave Policy had changed to include a section on Special Guardianship Order. Staff had a discussion with their managers, who then contacted HR for personalised advice about the entitlement. As it’s now there in policy, it removes confusion at an already stressful time. I’m really pleased the Health Board has put it in, by doing that, they’re leading the way in Wales.

“Welsh Government has confirmed that Cardiff and Vale UHB is currently the only Health Board within Wales to explicitly include Special Guardianship Order in their local adoption policy. When I went on that training, what I learned ticked every box for what Diverse Cymru was trying to do. For me, what I learnt: everything just fitted in with situations I’ve been hearing from people, this helped me to make the right suggestions to get the best results.

“If I could give a piece of advice to another charity – when we use the word ‘challenge’ it needs to be a careful approach. Don’t go in all militant and demanding. Come with a case, come with the right information, the person you’re speaking to won’t have the powers to change it themselves. Be patient and don’t’ expect miracles overnight! You need to make changes with honey not vinegar”.

Diverse Cymru’s stance on UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights report

 

On 22 May 2019, the report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was made public.

This report publicises findings from the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston’s, visit to the UK.

It was reported that one fifth of the overall population live in poverty, with Wales facing the highest relative poverty rate in the UK with one in four people in Wales living in relative income poverty.

 

The report highlighted issues within poverty experienced by society, drawing particular reference to the experiences of women, children, ethnic minority groups, persons with disabilities and older people.

From this, the report concluded with extensive conclusions linked to addressing poverty.

Diverse Cymru welcome the recommendations put forward by the Special Rapporteur.

From this report the key points to be emphasized in relation to promoting equality in Wales has four aspects: 

 

  • In Wales we need to review and strengthen the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation in order to effectively measure poverty.
  • Given the report’s findings of the impact of poverty on groups such as women, children, persons with disabilities, older people and ethnic minorities, the incorporation of social and human rights in the UK and Wales is essential to various diverse communities.
  • We encourage the Welsh Government’s work around social inclusion to specifically include and advance equality.
  • Further, the report highlights the disproportionate impacts of welfare reforms on equality groups. This must, therefore, be addressed.

 

You can read the full report here

Diverse Cymru to run Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon

Support the Diverse Cymru running team in their challenge to cross the finish line at this years Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon. 

Runners and spectators at Cardiff Half Marathon 2018

 

You can support the team via our Just Giving page 

Taking place on Sunday 6 October, our team of dedicated fundraisers will run, walk or jog around the course, taking in some of Cardiff’s best landmarks.

Did you know that people of African Caribbean origin living in the UK are three to five times more likely than any other group to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital for schizophrenia?[1]

All money raised through fundraising will go towards the delivery of our services and will help us to continue to support vulnerable people across Wales through our BME Mental Health, Advocacy and Direct Payments support for disabled people.

 

Join the team

If you would like to join the team, we have a small number of free spaces available,  saving you £42.

You will need to pledge to fund raise a minimum of £250 (not including gift aid) and will receive advice and support on training and fundraising as well as encouragement and support on the day! 

Take look at the DC half marathon team pack or you can call us 029 2036 8888 or send an email for more information.

If you are or plan to take part in the event, you can still raise funds for Diverse Cymru, call us on 029 2036 8888 or email us to discuss

 

Thanks for your support!

 

 

[1] Ethnic Inequalities in Mental Health: Promoting Lasting Positive Change. Mind, the Afiya Trust and Centre for Mental Health

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