(Via Cardiff Commitment) 

Open Your Eyes Week

Open Your Eyes Week is a week organised for clusters of schools across the southern arc of Cardiff, working with pupils in year 5, 6 and 7 to ignite and inspire interest in a wide range of occupations with a 45 minute workshop.

This June we have 2 Open Your Eyes Weeks:

  • w/c 17th June – Cardiff West Community High School (yr 7) and feeder primary schools (yrs 5 & 6)
  • w/c 24th June – Fitzalan High School (yr 7) and feeder primary schools (yrs 5 & 6)

We are still looking for organisations to support sessions during these weeks. If you would like to support a session (or two!!) please contact Vicky Poole (Business Engagement Advisor / Ymgynghorydd Ymgysylltu Busnes, Cardiff Commitment / Addewid Caerdydd, Cardiff Council / Cyngor Caerdydd)

Call: +44 (0)29 2078 8565 | m: +44 (0) 7837340205 Or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday 18th June

11am - Herbert Thompson Primary School,  53 Plymouth Wood Rd, Cardiff  CF5 4DD (year 6)

1.30pm - Cardiff West Community High School,  Penally Road, Ely, Cardiff CF5 5XP (year 7)

Wednesday 19th June

10.30am - Windsor Clive Primary School, Grand Ave, Cardiff CF5 4HX

Thursday 20th June

11am - Hywel Dda Primary School,Cambria Rd, Cardiff  CF5 4PD

1.30pm - Windsor Clive Primary School, Grand Ave, Cardiff CF5 4HX

Tuesday 25th June

1.30pm - Radnor Primary School, Radnor Rd, Cardiff CF5 1RB

1.30pm - Grangetown Primary, Bromsgrove St, Cardiff   CF11 7XS

Wednesday 26th June

11am - Ninian Park Primary School, Virgil St, Cardiff CF11 8TF

Thursday 27th June

1.30pm - Radnor Primary School, Radnor Rd, Cardiff CF5 1RB

1.30pm - Lansdowne Primary, 31 Norfolk St, Cardiff  CF5 1JY

Friday 28th June

11am - Lansdowne Primary, 31 Norfolk St, Cardiff  CF5 1JY

11am - St Paul’s CiW Primary School, Oakley Pl, Cardiff CF11 7EW

11am - Grangetown Primary, Bromsgrove St, Cardiff   CF11 7XS

1.30pm - Severn Primary , Severn Rd, Cardiff CF11 9DZ

1.30pm - St Paul’s CiW Primary School, Oakley Pl, Cardiff CF11 7EW

1.30pm - Lansdowne Primary, 31 Norfolk St, Cardiff  CF5 1JY


Here are some useful Links: 

(viaThe Romani Cultural & Arts Company)

Gypsies, Roma, Travellers: Rights & Responsibilities

An insider’s guide to working with Romani and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom

Date: Tuesday 9th July 2019

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £160.49 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 25th June and £181.81 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 26th June and Monday 8th July 2019. 

Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Book at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gypsies-roma-travellers-rights-responsibilities-tickets-57994190184?utm_term=eventurl_text

Who should attend this training?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It would be particularly useful for those who work in:

  • Academia and Research 
  • Accommodation and Housing 
  • Early Years
  • Education
  • Environmental Services 
  • Equalities 
  • Fire, Police and Justice Services
  • Government: local, regional and national
  • Planning 
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Transport
  • Voluntary and Third Sector organisations

Why should you attend this training?

It will assist you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in your particular area
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales


To increase awareness about the cultural diversity in the UK, to address issues and the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers in the UK, to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities, and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the complex needs of Romani and Traveller communities, from a local and international perspective;
  • To develop a level of knowledge that will enhance and inform staff and officers’ work, related to health, education, housing and accommodation, training, justice and law enforcement;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the differences between Romani and Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring best practice and improving service delivery across all sectors;
  • To introduce to participants, examples of community members who are role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Romani and Travellers, or the negative images of ‘Gypsies’, present in media and popular press;


By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation); 
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (that is, who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales, the UK and more widely across the Europe;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues, or barriers in services such as housing, accommodation, education, health, employment, safeguarding and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to GRT communities;
  • Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities, particularly over issues of exclusion and marginalisation, and what they can do to address these and ensure inclusion in the delivery of services;
  • Developed an Action Plan that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist officers in carrying out their statutory duties.

General Information

The Romani Cultural Arts Company is the leading Romani and Traveller community-based organisation in Wales, using the arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy, education and empowerment, amongst the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities and the wider society in Wales. RCAC also supports individuals to become “Community Champions”, as actors and agents of change in their own communities, making a difference for themselves and the wider society. RCAC is managed by a Board (voluntary management committee) made up of representatives from the GRT communities, meaning that community members have a role as decision-makers and are part of the process of shaping the advocacy and rights agenda that RCAC promotes.

The Company believes it is essential that the GRT communities be at the forefront of social progress and positive developments in social inclusion, in the struggle or the recognition of GRT rights and promoting inter-cultural understanding. Within Wales and increasingly across the UK, our advice and expertise is sought by local governments, policy-makers, decision-takers and local or national institutions. We are asked to evaluate the effectiveness of their policies and strategies or to support them in consultation to ensure the voice of the GRT communities they serve, is heard.

We lead on advocacy for these vulnerable communities, influencing the policy and strategy agendas in the context of a devolved Welsh Government and, increasingly internationally across the UK, and we deliver quality training for those who work with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, who wish to improve their reach and their impact.

Prince’s Trust Get into Rail programme


Prince’s Trust Get into Rail programme in conjunction with Absolute Training & Assessment. This extremely popular programme is an opportunity for suitably motivated young people, 18-30 to gain the necessary skills to work within the rail industry.

Where will it take place?

The Taster/ selection day sessions will be held at Absolute Training & Assessment, Ty Cynon, Navigation Park, Abercynon. Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF45 4SN, on Tuesday 25th June 2019, between 9.30am and 4.30pm. (Young people attending will be allocated either a morning or an afternoon session).

After the selection process, the actual programme runs from Monday 8th July – Friday 19th July 2019 inclusive,  8:30am–4pm at Absolute Training & Assessment, Ty Cynon, Navigation Park, Abercynon, CF45 4SN.

Are there any restrictions?

  • For obvious reasons the rail industry has very strict health and safety restrictions and any young person who is successful at the Taster Day will be required to attend a further date for a medical and a drugs test.This will be on either Thursday 27th or Friday 28th June 2019. Please note  that unlawful substances taken up to 12 weeks prior to the test will show up and it is therefore essential that anyone who falls into this category is not put forward for this programme. A failed drugs test prohibits any further opportunity within the rail industry for a period of five years.  PLEASE QUESTION EVEN OCCASIONAL CANNABIS USE. No alcohol or energy drinks  should be consumed for 24 hrs prior to the drug test.
  • Any prescribed medication should be brought to the medical and any existing medical condition(s) fully disclosed in order to inform a detailed risk assessment
  • Any previous criminal convictions will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Due to the physical nature of the role, only those young people willing to work in this environment should be put forward

What does the Get into Rail programme cover?

Introduction to the programme & sector specific training including: -

  • Personal Track safety (PTS) e-learning, AC
  • PTS AC
  • PTS Direct Current Conductor Rail (DCCR) awareness
  • First Aid
  • Manual Handling + Fire Awareness,
  • Employability skills
  • Practical on site track induction
  • Small tools training

Absolute Training will work with its suppliers/railway contacts to, hopefully, secure employment outcomes for suitable young people.

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To refer a young person go here


Race Council Cymru Windrush Cymru Project – Our Voices, Our Stories, Our History 

(Funded by national Lottery Heritage Fund)

Race Council Cymru launches its exciting project entitled: The Windrush Cymru Project – Our Voices, Our Stories, Our History, on Friday 07th June 2019 at Butetown Community Centre (5:30 – 7:30pm). This is a free event - all welcome.

Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, this project directly responds to a call from elders of the Windrush Generation who wanted to ensure that the legacy of their generation is captured for posterity. This project is about collecting, recording, documenting, sharing and celebrating the contributions of the Windrush generation who came to the UK post war to the 1980’s.

In June 1948, the SS Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury Dock in Essex. This ship carried around 500 passengers fromCommonwealth countries in the Caribbean, who were responding to Britain’s invitation to help rebuild the ‘Motherland’ after the devastating effects of World War 2. Some of these passengers were ex-service men and womenwho served Britain during the war. Being citizens from countries that were colonised by Britain, these people, saw themselves as British. 

The next 40 years would see more Commonwealth people arriving on a variety of ships, responding to this call coming from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladeshand Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Guyana. 

While recent media coverage has raised awareness of the Windrush Generation, little is known of those who contributed to Welsh society. 

This project engages where they came from, their stories of migration and their experiences of forging a new life in Wales.

Roma Taylor, Chair Windrush Elders Cymru, came to the UK when she was 15 years old from Antigua. She reflects that on arrival, these Commonwealth citizens:

“were ill-equipped to spend an unknown amount of time on the station platform in a strange, cold country. It must have been both heart-breaking and admirable, as many went on to settle, making the UK their home, despite the irreverent introduction.” 

The heritage information collected as part of this Windrush Cymru project will leave a long and enduring legacy. Aspects of this heritage will be shared on Race Council Cymru’s website and on People’s Collection Wales. Outputs will include a touring exhibition, publication and teaching materials. 

The National Museum Wales, St Fagans will be the repository of this heritage adding the stories, voices and history of the Windrush Generation to the wider narrative of Welsh life. 

Sioned Hughes, Keeper of History and Archaeology at National Museum Wales said: 

“We support the project’s aims to record and archive these personal histories before they are lost, and the cultural right of the Windrush Generation to freely express their stories and be part of the national history of Wales and the wider UK.“ 

Reaffirming the value of projects like these, Vernesta Cyril OBE, Patron of Black History and Windrush Elder states: 

“This is important. It looks at almost forgotten people and the horrors they endured. This will put us on the map. Looking back, our stories are very important. These archives are for our children and their children to go and look and see how we made a way for them and other people.”

Are you a Windrush elder or a relative of someone who arrived during the Windrush era? 

Please get in touch with: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Presented by Race Council Cymru.

This project is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by Windrush Cymru Elders, Black History Wales Patrons, National Museum Wales, Wales Millennium Centre and People’s Collection Wales 

Project Launch date and location: Friday 07th June 2019 at Butetown Community Centre (5:30 – 7:30pm)

For further information, please visitwww.racecouncilcymru.org.uk or https://bhmwales.org.uk/.

Power Up! Energy Advice. 

      power up energy advice

Power Up! is a partnership between Western Power Distribution and the Energy Saving Trust. 

It is aimed at the vulnerable to help them get the support available for them and reduce the amount they spend on their energy bills.

Here is what their advisors can offer:

  • Staff training which will include a presentation on power up
  • Attend events which are designed to help those who are vulnerable
  • Group talks to vulnerable people who meet on a regular basis and also get them signed up on our Priority service register
  • Phone advice for vulnerable people
  • Arranged home visits for those that are unable or unwilling to speak via the phone 

For more information and how to set up appointments with an advisor read this leaflet