‘Think Well and Be Well’ Course
September 2014- a series of workshops around health and wellbeing were hosted, entitled ‘Think Well and Be Well’.
The workshops included:
* Relaxation and Breathing
* Healthy Eating
* Sleeping Well
* Art Therapy
* Physical Activity and
* Confidence Building
From Wednesday November 5th WSSAG ran English classes for beginners at our Office in Butetown (3 North Church Street, CF10 5HB).
Refugee Week 2014
It’s time for Refugee Week once more and to celebrate sanctuary in Wales, WSSAG is hosting a special party on Saturday 21st June from 1-4pm. All welcome!
To find out more events you can go to in South Wales, please click on the link to look at the poster, or go to the website
Enjoy it everyone!!
Walking for Dignity from Bristol to Cardiff
WSSAG Wales has been invited to join the Dignity March Bristol to Cardiff!
We invite you to come and join us too, in the 5 day march from Bristol to Cardiff, starting from the Malcolm X Centre, City Road, Bristol at 3pm, 29th May and ending at the Home Office building, Newport Road, Cardiff on 2nd June.
Dignity for Asylum Seekers are a group of asylum seekers, refugees and allies. Over the past 2 years they have organised big marches in Bristol to raise awareness of destitution and detention. This year they are planning a solidarity walk at the same time as a bigger walk from Strasbourg to Brussels, to protest against the tightening of Borders across Europe, to resist the system of forced destitution and to raise awareness about issues facing asylum seekers in the UK and Bristol.
The march will meet with groups along the way and learn from each other. We are planning a demonstration at UK Border Agency’s offices on Newport Road, Cardiff on Monday 2nd June. We invite groups and individuals to join us and walk together against the violence of Fortress Europe.
Walking for Freedom
In the many countries we come from we could not practice freedom. We were forced to leave to seek safety, freedom and equality. We have walked many journeys to get to the UK. Many people lost their lives along the way, trying to cross in to Fortress Europe. Since 1990, 20,000 people have died in the Mediteranean region as a result of Border Controls. No human is illegal. No human should die.
Abolish Dublin III, Frontex, Eurosur and Fingerprinting
We made it. Luckier ones. But we have to continue walking. We are scared that we will be put in to detention prisons and deported. We feel sad for our friends who are already in detention centres or who have been deported. We are motivated by the migrant protest march in Europe and want to come together here in the UK with many people so we can also walk to seek freedom and dignity.
Stop Detention and Deportation of Refugees and Migrants
We are an advantage to the UK. We want to be allowed to contribute, to pay taxes. Instead, the Home Office is a nightmare to us. We have to wait long time, often many years, for an answer to our asylum claim. They put us through inhumane interviews and then wrongly refuse our asylum cases and our lives are stuck for years, prohibited from working or from claiming benefits. The government politices make many of us destitute. We are frustrated that we are scapegoated for problems we did not cause.
Freedom of Movement and Residency for All
We are the backbones of you here. Migrants do many jobs which keep this country going and contribute a lot in taxes. Also, many white British people have been in our countries: Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe. They went to our country to exploit us, to bring resources back here. Yet, when we come here, they treat us as non-entities. This is racist and injust.
Freedom and Dignity for all
Refugee and Awareness Open Day
WSSAG invites you to come and celebrate our Refugee Awareness Open Day
Saturday June 22nd (1-5pm) at Adamsdown Resource Centre
Awareness raising open day on the plight of people seeking sanctuary in Wales and in Cardiff in particular
Discussion and sharing of experiences about the issues people seeking sanctuary face will be held around a free international lunch
Children welcome – crèche provided
Stories are Never Left Behind – Swansea
WRITING ABOUT JOURNEYS AND PICTURES
There are stories everywhere: about people and places, beautiful things, sad things, good things. For refugees even things that you have left behind are still in your mind. You keep telling yourself stories about your mother, your grandfather, your friend, your house… things only you know about.
Creative Writing can help you write your memories down as stories or poems, make them beautiful so they last. We can look at your photographs and talk about your journeys. This is for you first and for your family. Second it is so that other people can try to understand what it is like to lose everything and start again. You don’t need to be a poet or write English really well to do this.
WHY PHOTOGRAPHS AND JOURNEYS?
In June City of Sanctuary and Swansea Museum set up a wonderful exhibition for Refugee Week that shows what life is like for asylum seekers and refugees. It is full of photographs and people telling their stories.
Photographs, are important; even photographs that have been lost. They remind you of your old life and remind you of your journey to the UK.
WHO CAN COME?
There will be two sessions just with asylum seeker and refugee women and there will be a third one anyone can come to.
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?
We will do some writing in the exhibition in Swansea Museum 11-1.00 on Wednesdays 8th and 15th August. The open session is the following Wed 22nd.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Swansea City of Sanctuary will pay for one child-care worker for two sessions of two hours each so that women can write in peace. We can also pay bus fare.
We will make and sell a booklet of the poems and stories that are written and there will be a reading at the end of the exhibition.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Please contact Jeni Williams through WSSAG Wales.
Four Floors of Celebration and Awareness
This Friday 22nd June, to celebrate Refugee Week, Cardiff Central Library will be hosting four floors of entertainment. From cultural dances, music and poetry, along with stalls and refreshments, there is something to suit everyone.
This event starts at 11am and finishes at 5pm. Entry is free and WSSAG will be holding a stall there.
In the evening there will be a performance of Asylum Monologues at The Old Library in the Hayes, from 6-8pm.
“Asylum Monologues” is a rehearsed reading of the play by London based theatre company Ice & Fire. The actors will tell the story of young people’s experiences when seeking sanctuary in the UK. The event will also include a panel discussion on issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers young people by specially invited politicians, representative from YPSO, sector organisations and charities.
You can get your free tickets by clicking here
Refugee Week Open Day 23rd June
To download a PDF of our flyer please click here
Also click here to find out more about Refugee Week activities in Wales.
International Women’s Day 2012
Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Organisations, governments, charities and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.
On Thursday 8th March, WSSAG was very pleased to be able to promote the aims of the group and encourage weekday shoppers to reflect on the lives of women seeking sanctuary in Cardiff, at their local LUSH store on Queen Street.
LUSH also donate money to local charities where they can through the sale of their‘charity pot programme.’
On Sunday 11th March, over at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, WSSAG attended a fantastic event hosted by Cardiff Feminist Network calledAdvocate:Challenge:Transform with stalls, panel debates, workshops and more…
Speak Up for Equality
This Saturday WSSAG Wales members have been invited to:
Cupcakes and Casts off at Cathay’s Community Centre
On Saturday 4th June, WSSAG will be attending the Cupcakes and Cast-off’s event at Cathays Community Centre from 12-4pm. For a map of how to get there click here.