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Cardiff Trustee Network – Become A Trustee

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Do you need trustees to join your organisation’s board? Perhaps you’re interested in becoming a trustee and would like to learn more about what it takes?

This event is for you.

28th March, 17:00 – 18:30, Baltic House

If you’d like to register to attend, please email Matthew at matthew.e@c3sc.org.uk or register on the Eventbrite page.

C3SC are also looking for organisations to get in touch who are able to deliver 10-15 minute talks and accept questions from attendees. 

 

Get your Foot in the Door with major feature film shooting in Wales

 

Aspiring Welsh creatives and crew will learn valuable skills on the set of a major new film production with Ffilm Cymru’s biggest ever Foot in the Door programme.

 

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Dream Horse is the true story of one woman’s extraordinary dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her forgotten Welsh village – and of how she brings her entire community with her. Toni Collette (Hereditary, Velvet Buzzsaw, About A Boy) will take the role of Jan, while Damian Lewis (the upcoming Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Billions, Homeland) will play Howard Davies, the local accountant she persuades to join her in running the racing syndicate. The film has been written by Neil McKay (The Moorside, Mo, Appropriate Adult) and will be directed by Welsh filmmaker Euros Lyn (Happy Valley, Kiri, The Library Suicides).

 

Dream Horse will shoot across south Wales this spring, and Ffilm Cymru are working in partnership with Raw Productions to offer up to 25 free training placements and on set shadowing opportunities through their Foot in the Door programme.

 

For people that are over the age of 18 and not currently in employment, education or training, Foot in the Door offers the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new skills and applying existing transferable skills to kick-start a career in the creative industries and beyond. Trainees receive guidance, advice and mentorship from industry experts, as well as support for travel, accommodation and childcare where needed thanks to Ymddiried bursaries supported through the Welsh Broadcasting Trust.

 

The deadline for applications to Foot in the Door is midday on Wednesday April 3.

Find out more and apply here 

 

Social Care Wales – Briefing sessions on the Code of Professional Practice

To make sure workers in Wales provide people with good care and support, Social Care Wales has a Code of Professional Practice for Social Care (the Code).

The Code is a set of rules, or standards, care professionals must work to, to help keep people safe and well.

To provide people with the best care and support, the Code says that social workers must:

  • Help people say and achieve what is important to them
  • Respect people’s dignity, privacy, preferences, culture, language, rights, beliefs, views and wishes
  • Support people to stay safe
  • Be honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • Be qualified to do their job properly

 Therefore, these standards are there to help make sure that people have the support they need to live their lives in the way that reflects their needs. As such, ensuring that as many people as possible who use care and support, their families and carers know about the Code is vital.

Social Care Wales’ Strategic Equality Plan 2018 – 2022 commits to ensuring that people with one or more protected characteristic receive care and support in ways that reflect their specific needs and Objective 1 – Raise awareness of the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care among people using care and support their families and carers within the plan sets out to achieve this.

Social Care Wales have already gathered evidence that suggests that there is little or no knowledge of the Code among BME people, therefore they want to use a range of methods to engage with this group to ensure raised awareness of the Code and they would like your help to achieve this. Although initially they will be focusing on raising awareness of the Code among BME-led groups, the scope of this work will broaden over the coming year to include all the diverse people who use care and support in Wales.

Social Care Wales will be running a series of short briefing sessions (1.5 hours max) in the Spring on their work and the importance of the Code. These briefing sessions will be aimed at workers who work closely with BME people on a regular basis and would be able to relay information to them of the Code and its importance. If you would be interested in attending a briefing session could you please email Llian Morris on llian.morris@socialcare.wales by March 4th, for an invitation with further details of the date and venue. Please forward this information to anyone else that you think would be interested in this work and attending the briefing session. 

 

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HYPE Cymru

Helping young people through empowerment

 

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Diverse Cymru, with support from the Welsh Government through the Section 64 third sector mental health grant, is delivering a series of mental health awareness workshops to schoolchildren in Key Stages 2 and 3, and young people up to 25 years old.

The project will be delivered in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham, focusing on Cardiff in this, our first year. 

Our workshops provide information and space for young people to focus on feelings, mental health knowledge and awareness aiming to break down the stigma attached to mental health, how we talk about mental health and where to go for help. We also talk about mindfulness and work on techniques to help with stress and anxiety.

As well as working in primary and secondary schools, we also work in youth centres where we run ‘The Shed’ a safe, independent space where young people can drop in on particular day/evenings for a chat and to pick up information on mental health.

Visit the website for more information on Hype Cymru 

 

 

Human Rights Day, a day of celebration, of remembrance and of recommitment

A Blog Post 

by Joe Stockley, Researcher, Diverse Cymru

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the centre of the universe.” –

Elie Wiesel

Today, the 10th of December, is Human Rights Day, a day of celebration, of remembrance, and of recommitment. It is 70 years since 1948, 70 years today from the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If you haven’t refreshed your reading of this seminal text, take five minutes to do so with this quick video from The Human Rights Action Centre:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Video has sound)

There has rarely been greater need.

In The UK, the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicts that by 2021-22, nearly 40% of our children will be living in poverty[1]. A fifth of our population do so now. Where is the upholding of Article 22, the right to social security, and article 3, the right to life, liberty and security of person?

In his visit to the UK, Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights summarised that: “The experience of the United Kingdom, especially since 2010, underscores the conclusion that poverty is a political choice… Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so”[2]

In order to curtail this rising tide of a poorer humanity, and a poorer Wales, more must be done. There is a belief among politicians that employment is the answer, that individuals should work, and therefore be free from poverty. But with the proliferation of zero-hour contracts, poor pay (25% of jobs in Wales are below living wage[3], and this figure is rising year on year), and a fragile future, ‘Employment as the answer’ looks to be an increasingly tenuous statement.

What then, is the answer?

A return to our Human Rights, with an enshrinement of that Declaration in our statutes when we fall out of the EU – an enshrinement that does not currently exist.  The EU laws on Human Rights are currently a backstop, when the UK leaves, they will no longer apply (though the UK government seems to believe our rights are already sustained by current UK statute).

The human rights that have been so supportive of the development of humankind across the last 70 years should be revisited, and defended. Discrimination must be challenged, in all its forms, and an equitable future for the people of Wales must be sustained.

 

[1] https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/10028

[2] https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Poverty/EOM_GB_16Nov2018.pdf

[3] https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/uk/pdf/2018/11/kpmg-living-wage-research-2018.pdf

BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme

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New initiative for cultural competence in Mental Health Care

Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018

 

A new initiative aimed to improve cultural competence in social care and Mental Health services will today be officially launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services.

The BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme developed by equalities charity Diverse Cymru and endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales is designed for professionals that work with BME communities in Wales, in efforts to improve the accessibility and quality of social care and mental health services.

The initiative provides tools and resources to help practitioners provide a culturally appropriate service that importantly will help them assess and measure year on year the competency of the services provided.

The initiative has been financially supported by Welsh Government as part of their Section 64 Third Sector Mental Health Grants 2018-2021. for projects to support people with mental ill health across Wales.

 

Suzanne Duval, BME Mental Health Manager at Diverse Cymru said:

“Research has shown that BME people are less likely to seek support for mental ill health at an early stage due to cultural barriers and so they access services much later, when their illness is more severe.

I have seen many times over the years how simple changes could make a world of difference to those trying to access social care and mental health services, and I’m thrilled by the endorsement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the funding and support from the Welsh Government for this initiative which is the first of its kind in the UK.

Research has shown that cultural appropriateness may be the most important factor in the accessibility of services by BME communities. Developing culturally sensitive practices can help reduce barriers to effective treatment.”

Professor Keith Lloyd, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales said:

“Diverse Cymru provides valuable support for our NHS mental health services by providing a voice and support for people from BME communities in Wales.

It’s intended that this resource will help support healthcare professionals with further relevant techniques and interventions to deliver an effective culturally competent, patient centred service.”

Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services said:

 

“Ethnic minority communities can sometimes encounter issues accessing appropriate healthcare they are not always aware of the services they are entitled to and how to access them.

This Certification Scheme will assist mental health organisations and practitioners to ensure they develop culturally appropriate services to improve access to mental health services among ethnic minority communities.”

for further information www.diversecymru.org.uk/main-page/

Suzanne Duval BEM

Diverse Cymru are pleased to congratulate BME Mental Health Manager Suzanne Duval, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List.

Suzanne received the award for dedicating 18 years of work and activism within the BME Mental Health sector in Wales. 

 

 

This is the latest award for Suzanne to receive, following previous commendation from the Black Voluntary Sector Network Awards, GlaxoSmithKline Health Impact Award, and the Guardian Charity. 

Suzanne has spent the last 30 years working in the BME sector, and her work has been acknowledged by practitioners in the Health service, Local Authority and voluntary sector peers.

In 2015, Suzanne designed and published a Cultural Competency Toolkit for Mental Health for Wales which was the first of its kind in the country.

It is aimed at practitioners, professionals and front-line staff working within mental health, health and social care sector in Wales.

The toolkit was launched by the Health Minister Vaughan Gething in 2016, and has been followed in 2018 with the rolling out of an Accreditation Standard which will provide through an established accredited body, the United Kingdom Investors in Equality and Diversity (UKIED), a charter mark that organisations can work towards an excellence standard in culturally appropriate services.

 

Vaughan Gething said: 

“Diverse Cymru provides valuable support for our NHS mental health services by providing a voice and support for people from BME service users in Wales

“I welcome the development of the Cultural Competency Toolkit which will help professionals and services deliver more appropriate care and support. Such projects will help us achieve a number of the goals included in our ten-year strategy Together for Mental Health.”

 

 

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