Refugees and asylum seekers at Trinity Centre Cardiff who have been following a bespoke Events Management course facilitated by Cardiff Met, will host an open day at their day centre, to mark the end of their 10-week course.
Everyone is welcome at the free Winter Warm Up event between 12-3pm on Saturday, (December 5th), to learn more about the facilities, classes and services available to all at the centre.
The Centre on Four Elms Road offers extensive support and advisory services for refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff. The group has been following an introductory course on events management hosted by the University’s Widening Access team, which is dedicated to ensuring that people of any age, background or ethnic group are given a fair and equal opportunity to access Further Education in a supported manner.
As part of their course, the Trinity Centre group has learnt how to plan, schedule, co-ordinate, publicise and host a public event. The annual Winter Warm Up fundraiser will include live music from local artists and activities for both children and adults as well as light refreshments.
Mustafa Hameed, Deputy Coordinator at Trinity Centre Cardiff, said: “There are many different activities on offer here throughout the week for asylum seekers and refugees, supported by volunteers from the local community. This event provides a great opportunity for the centre to showcase the varied work that takes place throughout the week. It is a chance for the local community to get to know the diverse refugee and asylum seeking communities in Cardiff and find out more about the Trinity Centre.
“Currently we have everything from language classes for asylum seekers and refugees to Zumba dance classes put on by various user groups such as Space4U and Up & Learning.
“Our work is made possible with funding from The Welsh Government. Activities throughout the week are run by various user groups such as Space4U and Cardiff Student Action for Refugees (STAR), both of whom run a busy drop in with Space4U operating every Monday and Thursday and STAR every Wednesday evenings.
“We also host regular film screenings, monthly lunchtime concerts, general music concerts, and other public events where we attempt to educate the local community regarding issues facing asylum seekers and refugees.
“Our busy Cardiff Asylum Support Advocacy (CASA) service team – run by volunteers - helps individuals who face destitution and homelessness get the support they are entitled to.
“As well as offering valuable experience to our group, the Winter Warm Up event is an opportunity for people to learn more about the centre and how they can use it as a space for integration - we are hoping to dispel any negative attitudes and misconceptions, since many in the local community aren’t exactly sure what goes on here!”
Volunteer groups at Trinity Centre include groups from Cardiff Met Students’ Union, Cardiff Law School and Cardiff School of Music.
Jamie Grundy, Widening Access Officer, who has been working on the project, said: “We have been working with Trinity for several months now, putting on courses, supporting a new student society and even playing them at football! The Winter Warmer event is the culmination of this engagement.
“This course will help the people who use the centre to be able to put on more events and raise funds for themselves and other groups who use the Trinity Centre. The group and the tutor have worked hard to make this event a success.”