EYST Wales statement on the situation in Afghanistan
We are deeply concerned about the unfolding situation in Afghanistan. We know that many of members of our community in Wales have friends and family in Afghanistan and have been personally affected by this political and humanitarian tragedy. We are proud to be working with Local Authorities in Swansea and Carmarthenshire to support Afghani families settle in Wales. However, despite the clear challenges, we urge the UK and Welsh Government to do much more to offer as many people as we can safety, sanctuary and hope by offering safe routes to the UK.
As the crisis unfolds, we are truly heartened to receive many generous offers from individuals across Wales offering donations to the asylum and refugee community in Wales. We are not currently receiving clothes or toiletries but there are other ways you can support.
This is how YOU can help.
Donate to support our wider asylum and refugee support work
We support many sanctuary seekers including families, who often face crisis, homelessness and destitution. Your donation could support asylum seekers and refugees who are facing financial hardship to access essentials such as food, clothing, baby basics etc. http://bit.ly/donateEYST
EYST currently offers two volunteering opportunities for those who wish to support asylum seekers and refugees with their time:
- Homework club tutor – You could give up one or two hours a week to tutor ethnic minority young people, mainly aged 10-18, supporting them with subjects such as English, Maths and Science. The homework club currently takes place via Zoom. http://eyst.org.uk/project.php?s=online-homework-club
- Interpreter – If you speak additional community-based languages, you could give up a few hours of your time each week to EYST’s asylum seeker and refugee advice service. The role includes supporting the EYST team, asylum seekers and refugees to deliver appropriate support that is understood. This role is currently available via phone and video call.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you have any spare time or skills to support asylum seekers and refugees in Swansea.
Beyond EYST Wales
EYST isn’t the only charitable organisation that supports asylum seekers and refugees settling in Wales. Please consider supporting these other amazing organisations if possible:
- African Community Centre (ACC) provides a range of services to asylum seekers, refugees, and ethnic minority individuals in Swansea. They deliver a free, volunteer-led transport service for asylum seekers to attend important reporting centres, hospital appointments and college to improve English. https://africancommunitycentre.org.uk/
- Better Welcome to Swansea (SCVS) helps to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to Swansea. https://swansea.cityofsanctuary.org/mentoring-scheme-a-better-welcome-to-swansea
- Centre for African Entrepreneurship (CAE) provides holistic support to asylum seekers and refugees including well-being and mental health support. https://www.caentr.org/
- Chinese in Wales Association provide core services such as language services in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, as well as advice and support with housing, healthcare, education and employment. https://chineseinwales.org.uk/
- Hay, Brecon & Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees https://hbtsr.cityofsanctuary.org/
- Huggard Centre, Cardiff https://www.huggard.org.uk/
- Iberian and Latin American Association in Wales https://inwalesiberolatino.wixsite.com/ilaa
- Oasis in Cardiff https://www.oasiscardiff.org/
- Share Tawe provides welcome and shelter for homeless asylum seekers in Swansea. If you are willing to provide a spare room you could become a Share Tawe Host. https://sharetawe.wordpress.com/
- Space4U, Cardiff http://www.space4ucardiff.co.uk/
- St Thomas, Swansea Baby Basics https://www.sts.church/-baby-basics
- Swansea City of Sanctuary https://swansea.cityofsanctuary.org/
- Swansea Multicultural Hub https://www.swanseagrand.co.uk/article/5523/The-Grand-Multicultural-Hub
- Swansea Asylum Seeker Support Group (SASS) provides a social setting, via drop in’s, for asylum seekers to get to know each other, learn English and cook together. https://sass.wales/
- Trinity Centre, Cardiff http://www.trinitycentre.wales/
- Unity in Diversity provides another social setting for asylum seekers to get together, and provides English language support. https://uidswansea.com/
- Welsh Refugee Council https://wrc.wales/
- City of Sanctuary (Wales) https://wales.cityofsanctuary.org/
- Welsh Refugee Coalition https://wales.cityofsanctuary.org/welsh-refugee-coalition
Welsh Government commitment to refugees
Welsh Government has committed to becoming a ‘Nation of Sanctuary’ providing a place of safety and welcome for all those fleeing from danger and persecution. More information can be found here: https://gov.wales/helping-people-seeking-sanctuary-wales
Get in touch
We hope this information is useful to you in some way and appreciate your support. If you would like to get in touch about any alternative ways of supporting our work please contact Jami email@example.com.
Diolch Yn Fawr
EYST Chief Executive