The Belonging Project is a 3 year project funded by Children in Need which aims to increase the participation, aspirations, and sense of belonging of children and young people from minority ethnic backgrounds in Swansea including refugees and asylum seekers. Led by project worker Shahab, and a team of sessional workers, the project engages children aged 10-18 in a wide programme of fun and participative activities working in partnership with a wide range of organisations.
The project offers three times a week after-school youth club sessions in the EYST Youth Centre in Swansea, supported by qualified and experienced youth workers, Mondays from 3-6pm are for boys only; Wednesdays from 3-6pm are mixed; Fridays from 3-6pm are girls only nights. We also offer one-to-one support, and regular trips and activities, particularly during school holidays. Thanks to the funding from Children in Need, all of these activities are usually free.
We work closely with local schools including primary schools to support Y6 pupils as they transition to secondary school. We also partner regularly with a range of organisations including YMCA Swansea, National Waterfront Museum, Circus Eruption, South Wales Police, Locws International and much more – in order to give young people access to a wide range of fun and interesting opportunities.