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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.

 

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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/

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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.”

 

 

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

EHRC Film Project

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Telling the Lived Experiences of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Wales

 

Diverse Cymru has been commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales to create series of films that highlight  the issues and promote the positive stories of Asylum Seekers and Refugees(AS&R) in Wales.

We will be identifying and filming 25 individuals from these groups thus allowing them to tell their own stories, show their resilience and show how they are contributing in a positive way to Welsh society.

We will be focusing on several key themes that are common to us all, such as : Family/Children, Hopes and Aspirations, Culture, Language and Community. The project hopes to emphasise the benefits of immigration to Welsh society, dispelling myths and inaccuracies about these often misrepresented communities.

A recent study of attitudes towards refugees, found a third of people in Wales admit to being prejudiced against refugees. It is the aim of this project to focus on creating a counter-narrative to these views by supporting people to tell their own stories to audiences such as, the general public, National and local public bodies (government, health, education, police, councils, courts etc), Policy makers, such as Assembly members, MP’s, Government departments and Third sector organisations.

To deliver this project, we will be working with some of our own fantastic clients and Wales’s Asylum and Refugee Support Service networks across the four dispersal areas to build  a respectful and sensitive framework to deliver the project. Our partners include Oasis, Displaced People in Action, Bethel Sanctuary Newport and Eyst. The project will culminate in an event in spring 2018,  that will bring everyone together to see the finished content, discuss the issues around false representation, and to promote the positive contributions that these communities bring to the UK.