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Suzanne Duval

Suzanne Du Val

Diverse Cymru are pleased to announce and also congratulate Suzanne Duval our BME Mental Health Manager who in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her years’ of work and activism within the BME Mental Health sector in Wales. 

Suzanne has 30 years’ experience, of working in the BME sector with the last 18 years dedicated to BME Mental Health. Over the years her excellent mental health work has been acknowledged by practitioners in the Health service, Local Authority and voluntary sector peers, which has led to her receiving amongst others awards from the Black Voluntary Sector Network Awards, GlaxoSmithKline Health Impact Award, and the Guardian Charity. 

As a Director of the All Wales BME Mental Health Group, ‘AWETU’, who merged with the Cardiff and Vale Coalition of Disabled People (CVCDP) in 2011 to form Diverse Cymru, Suzanne has worked tirelessly in highlighting the inequality faced by BME individuals in the delivery of the mental health services they receive, with particular regard to improving the cultural sensitivity and as a consequence the cultural competence of these services to better serve the BME community in Wales. 

 As a practical step to improving these services, In 2015 Suzanne designed and published which was the first of its kind in Wales, a Cultural Competency Toolkit for Mental Health for Wales, 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. This initiative is the first of its kind in the UK.

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Vaughan Gething said at the time:

“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.”

It is hoped that the Toolkit and Accreditation will provide organisations and practitioners with relevant techniques and interventions to deliver an effective culturally competent, patient centred service. 

This award is a well-deserved recognition for Suzanne as it acknowledges the work and contribution she has made to BME and mental health services in Wales, Diverse Cymru are therefore truly proud and grateful to Suzanne for her work over the past 30 years.

Cardiff BME Forum

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Cardiff BME forum meeting – Thursday 21st June

Are you a Black or Minority Ethnic person?
Are you from an organisation working on equalities?

The Cardiff BME forum can support you to have your voice heard.

 

The Cardiff BME forum aims to hear the voices of BME people in Cardiff and work together to improve the experience and environment for BME people living and working in Cardiff.

 

Next BME forum meeting

The next BME Forum is on:

Date: Thursday 21st June

Time: 9.30 am – 12.00

Place: Tiger room, @Loudon, Plas Iona CF10 5HW.

 

The forum is inclusive and open to all BME people and representatives from organisations working in the equalities fields in Cardiff.

Book a place to attend via: bookings@c3sc.org.uk

 

About the BME forum

The purpose of the BME Forum is to seek to improve the experience and environment for BME people living and working in the Capital/Wales, providing a collective voice for BME individuals in Wales. By:

  • Strengthening  consultation with and between BME people and communities on issues  in order to enhance our ability to participate in decision-making and improve its effectiveness, and  ensure equal access to opportunities, and
  • Contributing to the development of culturally appropriate policies and services

 

The role of the forum is to provide an opportunity to discuss priorities for BME people and communities and develop strategies to improve the BME profile across the City/Wales.

  • To consider reports and developments on diversity and equal opportunities issues affecting BME people and communities
  • To help establish a programme of activities to celebrate and encourage respect for diversity
  • To enable members to seek, offer and provide mutual support
  • To link with decision makers and other networks and associations in Wales and the UK – including with the E&D representative on the Third Sector Partnership Council, Wales

The BME Forum is facilitated by C3SC in partnership with Race Equality First and Diverse Cymru.

You can view the agenda and minutes from previous meetings here.

Cultural Competency Toolkit Information Day

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Today saw Suzanne, Anthony and Charles facilitate an information day around the roll out of the Cultural Competency Toolkit.

The event saw a room full of practitioners and people for the health and public sector discussing BME Mental health and implementation of the Toolkit roll out through out Wales.

This is the first of its kind in the UK for further information please contact Suzanne on suzanne.duval@diverse.cymru

 

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Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art

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UK Parliament artist to create artworks with residents in Wales to explore impact of race relations laws


Artist Scarlett Crawford has been appointed by the UK Parliament for a new project entitled First Waves: Exploring the impact of race relations legislation in the UK.

 

Over the course of her residency, Scarlett will hold workshops with partner organisations across the country – Race Council Cymru leads a partnership of the Wales wide Black History Wales Network, Swansea Museum, Fusion Programme – City and County of Swansea and St Fagan’s National Museum of History in Cardiff – to create artworks with local people which explore and celebrate the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts. The project is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act.

 

Parliament’s First Waves artist will be holding a series of workshops in Swansea and Cardiff in June 2018 to creatively capture the voices of generations who have been directly impacted by the Race Relations Acts, but who may have had little opportunity to have their voices heard in Westminster. The workshops are open to all, however Race Council Cymru would be particularly interested in hearing from ethnic minority participants who were living in the UK before and after the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Acts.

 

Race Council Cymru is working with four lead partners to house the workshops with Scarlett Crawford: Swansea Museum (Supported by Fusion Programme, City and County of Swansea) in the heart of Swansea and St Fagan’s National Museum of History in Cardiff (Supported by Wales wide  Black History Wales Network). These workshops will take place on the 4th and 5th June 2018 for St. Fagans, Cardiff and 19th and 20th June 2018 at Swansea Museum.

 

The artworks created will be exhibited in the community on the 29th of September 2018 at the Black History Month Creative Arts Launch events and then displayed in Parliament for an exhibition in 2019 which will look at the impact of race relations legislation and the stories of the people who fought for change. The Race Council Cymru artworks will then be returned permanently to the community that inspired them.

 

Scarlett Crawford, First Waves artist, said:
“I’m really excited to have been chosen to creatively explore the impact of race relations legislation across the country. Working in collaboration with local communities I hope to discover the unheard stories of those who were affected by the changes, to honour the contributions of those who led the way, and to inspire future generations of people from all backgrounds to engage with art and politics.”

Mrs Uzo Iwobi OBE Chief Executive Office of Race Council Cymru:-

“Race Council Cymru(RCC) is absolutely delighted to represent Wales on this UK wide initiative. This project will enable us to capture reflections of the journey of race equality over the last 50 years. Judge Ray Singh CBE our chairperson and I are both former Commissioners to the Commission for Racial Equality and worked with Co- Commissioners to progress the understanding and implementation of the Race Relations Acts. Working with Scarlett on the First Waves project will give our diverse ethnic minority groups in Wales the opportunity to co-create some artworks to mark 50 years of the race equality journey. We are very excited to be involved”.

Kevin Brennan, Member of Parliament for Cardiff West said:

 “As the local MP and Shadow Minister for Arts & Heritage, I am delighted to welcome the First Waves’ workshop to St Fagan’s National Museum of History. This work will tell the story of an important part of Cardiff’s history and it is only right, those who lived through this period tell their story.”

 “Today Cardiff is one of the best places to live in the UK and a huge reason for that is due to its diversity and creativity. I’m pleased to see these two things coming together for this exciting project and I’m really looking forward to seeing the end results.”

 

Geraint Davies, Member of Parliament for Swansea West added:

“I am delighted to welcome Scarlett Crawford and the First Waves’ workshop to Swansea in an exciting community project to explore the impact of race relations legislation in art. Swansea is a community of communities, with diversity at its heart. It makes it a fantastic place to live, work or study, so it’s important that we celebrate all the things we have to offer.   

We have long been known for our artists and writers in Swansea, who have been inspired by our broad community with the backdrop of some of the most beautiful rural coastlines in the world. I am sure Ms Crawford and the team are going to have a great time working with locals at Swansea Museum and I look forward to seeing the finished piece.”

 

Participants of the workshops are not required to have any creative background, but should be open to exploring new ways to express themselves through a variety of media. Please email Laura Hill at info@racecouncilcymru.org.uk for more information. 

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Notes for editors:

  1. For media enquiries about the First Wavesproject, please contact the House of Commons Media Office on hocmediacorporate@parliament.uk / 0207 219 0969. Interview bids may be received for:
    Scarlett Crawford (First Waves artist)
    Alison McGovern MP (Chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art)
    Other MPs (on request)
  1. Find high quality images of Scarlett, Scarlett and Partners, and Scarlett, Partners and local MPs at the following link.   https://we.tl/iDiTPlTnMy
  1. Race Council Cymru (RCC) was established by ethnic minority organisations across Wales in 2010 to champion racial cohesion through collaborative working with our grassroots ethnic minority communities across Wales. RCC promotes integration, social justice and race equality across Wales.  It is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

RCC works with and represents over 37 Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) grassroots communities and 107 organisations who form part of the Black History Wales Network across Wales. It works with many public, private and third sector bodies across Wales.  It promotes the awareness of racial inequalities in schools and other educational institutions.  It organises events for Black History Month and monitors the workings of the Equality Act 2010 to assess its impact and identify areas for improvement.  RCC partners with many organisations, such as the African Community Centre, Welsh Refugee Council, Chinese in Wales Association, Thai Community, Bangladeshi Community and other bodies in the promotion of race equality.  It works to improve the integration and inclusion of diverse communities at local and regional levels across Wales.

RCC is pleased to be working with four lead partners to house the workshops with Scarlett Crawford, Swansea Museum (Supported by Fusion Programme – City and County of Swansea) in the heart of Swansea and St Fagan’s National Museum of History in Cardiff (Supported by the Wales wide Black History Wales Network).

Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in Wales, and a fascinating treasure house of Swansea’s past history.  The collections contain all kinds of objects from the past of Swansea, Wales and the rest of the world. In the main museum building we have everything from an Egyptian mummy to a Welsh Kitchen, displayed in six galleries.  There are also many changing temporary exhibitions each year.

The Fusion Programme is a Wales wide project funded by Welsh Government with the aim to create opportunities through culture. Fusion Project works through cultural programmes that support confidence, empowerment and attainment, particularly for young people; using culture as a tool to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing. It supports the early years of development through literacy and family learning programmes. The Fusion programme focuses on communities and individuals who face the greatest barriers to participation.
 

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (AC-NMW) was formed over 100 years ago and runs seven national museums across Wales. It offers free entry and visitor numbers continue to grow with over 1.6m visits made last year. It has recently launched its new vision, ‘Inspiring people, Changing lives’, which encapsulates its aspirations, as a leader in the cultural sector, to break down barriers for young people and those in most need. AC-NMW has a wide-ranging programme of free events from drop in activities to talks, workshops, lectures and demonstrations. AC-NMW’s anti-poverty agenda is cited as sector-leading by the Welsh Government and it has ambitious plans to develop programmes of deeper, broader and more lasting impact that will make a real difference to the people of Wales and beyond. AC-NMW is the largest provider of learning outside of the classroom in Wales.

The Wales wide Black History Wales Network is a network of 107 diverse organisations such as the Wales Millennium Centre, Black History Cymru Elders Forum, Barnados, Princes Trust etc. who work together to manage, coordinate and celebrate black history month annual celebrations in October – as well as facilitating the All Wales Black History Cymru 365 programme of work. The Black History Wales Network was established 11yrs ago and was set up to celebrate the contributions made by black people to local, national and world history and culture. It does this through delivering an informative educational and celebratory programme of events through out the year, culminating in October for Black History Month each year. It encourages everyone, irrespective of ethnicity or colour, to take part in events, learn about our shared global history and celebrate diversity and cultural understanding.  Black History Network is managed by Race Council Cymru.

For press/media enquiries, please email:

info@racecouncilcymru.org.uk or phone us on: 07838360979

For more information, please visit:

www.racecouncilcymry.org.uk 

  1. A publicity photograph of the First Wavesartist, Scarlett Crawford, researching the Race Relations Acts in the Parliamentary Archives is available to download here. The image should be credited © UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor and must not altered in any way. For any additional enquiries related to images, please contact commonsimages@parliament.uk
  2. With support from Parliament’s Curator’s Office and Outreach and Engagement Teams, the First Wavesartist will undertake six regional placements as part of her residency. The first is due to begin in spring 2018, in partnership with the Glasgow Women’s Library. The other confirmed partners are Nottingham Contemporary, Race Council Cymru, Thamesmead Peabody and the University of Leeds. The 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts only applied in England, Scotland and Wales, therefore no residencies will be undertaken in Northern Ireland. Follow news about the residency
  3. The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art agreed to commission an artist-in-residence to explore and celebrate the impact of the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts on 1 November 2016. The artist’s fee is £25,000, plus costs, which will be met by the Works of Art Committee’s existing budget. A separate fee, to be determined, will be paid for the commission of a permanent piece of art for the Parliamentary Art Collection, on the acceptance of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.

 

  1. Scarlett Crawford (b. 1982) is a British artist who is passionate about equality and diversity in the arts and education and has worked as an artist and educator within the community and creative industries for the past 10 years. Her photographic work examines the semiotics of race and class and uses lens-based media to create images that try to portray narratives of the underrepresented, without reinforcing their position as ‘Other’. She makes images that juxtapose object, person and place in participatory constructed portraiture that is both jarring and surreal, blurring the lines between fact and fiction, stage and document. As a qualified teacher she has worked in schools, pupil referral units and youth offending services. As an artist she has worked with organisations such as Photofusion and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Visit Scarlett Crawford’s website.
  2. History of the Race Relations Acts:
    TheRace Relations Act 1965 was the first piece of legislation in the UK to address the prohibition of racial discrimination and followed previously unsuccessful bills. The Act banned racial discrimination in public places and made the promotion of hatred on the grounds of ‘colour, race, or ethnic or national origins’ an offence. The Bill received Royal Assent on 8 November 1965, and came into force a month later on 8 December 1965. It was introduced by the Government in response to the increasing number of people who had moved to the UK from other Commonwealth countries; at the time of the Act being passed there were nearly one million immigrants living in the UK. It was criticised for failing to address vital areas where discrimination was most prevalent, namely employment and wider aspects of acquiring accommodation. This led to the passing of the Race Relations Act 1968, which made unlawful acts of discrimination within employment, housing and advertising. The Race Relations Act 1976 established the Commission for Racial Equality, banned direct and indirect discrimination, and allowed for complaints to be made to industrial tribunals and courts. The Macpherson inquiry into the murder in 1993 of black teenager Stephen Lawrence brought about legislative changes in 2000 that included public bodies and the police within the scope of the 1976 Act, with a general duty on public bodies to promote equality of opportunity and good race relations. With the Equality Act 2010, the focus has moved to a duty to promote equality rather than a prohibition against individual forms of discrimination. Find out more on the UK Parliament website.
  3. The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art was established in 1956 to advise the Speaker on matters relating to works of art in the House of Commons Collection. The Committee works to develop the collection by acquiring works that depict issues and individuals of particular historical significance to Parliament. Find out more about the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.
  4. Since its establishment, the Speaker’s Advisory Committee has commissioned four portraits of BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority)parliamentarians for the Parliamentary Art Collection, Diane AbbottPaul BoatengBaroness Amos and Bernie Grant.

 

  1. Parliament’s previous Artist Residency, to celebrate women’s suffrage, was completed in June 2016, with the unveiling of the suffrage artwork, New DawnFind out more.
  2. The Parliamentary Art Collection is a unique and valuable educational resource of over 8,500 artworks which document and illustrate the history of Parliament over the centuries, as well as explaining the function and activities of Parliament today. The Collection is owned jointly by the House of Commons and the House of Lords and the vast majority of artworks are displayed throughout the buildings of the Parliamentary Estate. Find out more about the Parliamentary Art Collection

Improving Engagement

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Improving Engagement to meet the needs of Diverse Communities.

Diverse Cymru would like to invite Public Sector Organisations to register and join us for a conference on ‘Improving engagement to meet the needs of diverse communities’

Diverse Cymru and C3SC have been running a project to understand barriers diverse communities face to involvement. We also aim to change how public sector organisations involve diverse individuals and communities. Public sector organisations have been working with diverse individuals to co-produce a new way of engaging more effectively. This project has been funded by the Open Government Network Wales.

The Your Well-being, Your Government project invites you to join us as we launch this new, improved model for engaging diverse citizens.

This event is your opportunity, as a public sector organisation in Wales, to discuss the new way of delivering involvement of diverse communities and how you could implement it in your area of Wales.

The project is looking to support you to:

  • Reach and actively involve more diverse citizens from all protected characteristic groups
  • Deliver improved engagement fulfilling the involvement duty of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
  • Deliver improved services and initiatives towards the well-being goal of a more equal Wales

Please join us at our report launch and engagement event:

Wednesday 27th June

12:30 to 3:30pm

Temple of Peace

King Edward VII Avenue

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3AP

You will need to register for this event see registration form below and return to Shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru 

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Improving engagement to meet the needs of diverse communities – conference invitation – bilingual

Registration form – Ffurflen Cofrestru

How to use Equality Law to change Public Services

How to use Equality Law to change Public Services 

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Diverse Cymru, C3SC and Race Equality First are working together as Cardiff Third Sector Partners to deliver a training event in June 2018 on practical ways you can use equality duties, the Future generations in Wales act as third sector organisations and community groups.

This practical training event is aimed at helping third sector organisations use equality duties in Wales and the Well-being of Future Generations Act to challenge discrimination, drive change and ensure public services design services to better meet the needs and wishes of diverse communities.
It includes tools you can use and opportunities for discussion and questions.

This interactive community training will cover:

  • Influencing Strategic Equality Plans and Objectives
  • Influencing through Equality Impact Assessments
  • Using and encouraging engagement of people from all diverse communities
  • Links between equality duties and the Well-being of Future Generations Act

Diverse communities include the 9 protected characteristics of age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; marriage and civil partnership; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.

When and where:

We’re running this event twice. One afternoon and one evening event. Events are the same.

Monday 25th June

Registration from 4:30 pm. Event 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Late arrivals are welcome.

Thursday 28th June

Registration: 1:30 pm. Event 2 to 5 pm

Both events will be held at:

Taff Housing Conference Suite

307-315 Cowbridge Road East

Canton

Cardiff

CF5 1JD

In the car park behind Taff Housing Association.

Free event

Tea, coffee, and biscuits provided

If travel, access, childcare, replacement care or other expenses are a barrier to you attending , please let us know. We can reimburse costs.

Who should get involved?

This training is useful for all third sector organisations, not just groups that work on equality issues or with particular communities.

This includes national charities, local charities anywhere in Wales, social enterprises, associations, co-operatives, self-help groups and community groups.

Individuals are also welcome to attend

Register to attend this free event

Email: Thoria.M@c3sc.org.uk

Phone:  (029) 2048 5722

Or write to: Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC),
Third Floor,
Baltic House,
Mount Stuart Square,
Cardiff
CF10 5FH

Please let us know your access and dietary requirements when registering, as well as which date you want to attend.

Transport Engagement Group Invitation.

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Transport Engagement Group Invitation

Have your say on Transport  Diverse Cymru are inviting you to an engagement event on transport and the environment in Cardiff.

When: Friday 22nd June

Registration and refreshments from 1:30 pm

Engagement event 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Where: Taff Housing Association Conference room

307-315 Cowbridge Road East

Canton

Cardiff

CF5 1JD

What’s the event about?

We want to hear:

  • Your good experiences of all types of transport in Cardiff
  • Your bad experiences of all types of transport in Cardiff
  • What you think could be better and how
  • Your thoughts on transport and the environment

This engagement event is your chance to tell your story and have your opinions heard on transport and the environment please see the link below for more information.

Have Your Say on transport and the environment 

You will need to register for this event please fill out inform attached and send back to shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru

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