Refugees and asylum seekers at Trinity Centre Cardiff who have been following a bespoke Events Management course facilitated by Cardiff Met, have hosted an open day at their day centre, to mark the end of their 10-week course and to engage with their local community.
The free Winter Warm Up event was a great success with many visitors learning more about the facilities, classes and services available to all at the centre.
Existing users of the centre interacted with potential service users, demonstrating all that the centre has to offer, including various music, reflexology, circus skills and art sessions. The Centre on Four Elms Road offers extensive support and advisory services for refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff.
A group who use the centre 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.
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 provided a great opportunity for the centre to showcase the varied work that takes place throughout the week. It was 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.
“We currently 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.
“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.”
Volunteer groups at Trinity Centre include groups from Cardiff Met Students’ Union, Cardiff Law School and Cardiff School of Music.
Jamie Grundy, one of Cardiff Met’s Widening Access Officer, who has been working on the project, said:
“The event was a great success and provided a great opportunity for people to see what goes on at the Centre or how it can help them.
“Groups including Cardiff Eritrea Society attended and spoke about their work and support services. Lots of the volunteers expressed an appetite for putting on more services, which is also very good news. They also expressed an interest in participating in more of our Widening Access courses, which we are very keen on supporting, in order to further cement the University’s relationship with Trinity Centre Cardiff.
“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 was a great culmination of this engagement.”