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What is the Project?

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the ‘Shaping My Future’ project aims to empower clients to actively build a future in which they can thrive in their new communities in Wales. Our goal of integration is understood as a dynamic and mutual social exchange between arriving persons and receiving communities which allows for the individual to bring their whole self to their community to live a happy, fulfilled life. Cultural and social awareness is key to this process, as such, this project aims to build our client’s knowledge of Welsh culture and one’s rights and responsibilities in society, as well as providing and promoting opportunities for growth in society.

Educational sessions form the basis of this project, which then extend to invitations to clients to attend regular social gatherings.

 

What is the background of the project?

Over the years, clients have often remarked about UK culture “I wish someone told me this sooner”. Fed by queries raised during our Advocacy forums, we have collated material which clients feel would prove beneficial to them. In addition to this, DPIA has also noticed a general reluctance of clients to request help from civil authorities when they are the victims of hate crime.

Besides these observations, the HEAR study (PHW and Swansea University 2019) outlined varying levels of awareness of public health services available amongst the displaced community in Wales and found that most are not adequately informed of where to go for the right type of medical support.

We also seek to reduce long-term feelings of isolation amongst clients which, whilst common place before 2020, grew during the pandemic.

This is a new project started in May 2022.

 

What is the structure of the Project?

We offer two educational sessions, weekly:

Cultural Orientation – We explore Welsh culture, practical tips for saving money, improving one’s employability, laws defending rights and safety and hate crime awareness. The session ends with advice on how to engage with one’s community, meet new people and learn new skills.

Health Literacy – This session opens with a focus on how to eat healthily as per NHS advice and food warnings when shopping in the UK . We then move on to examine, in detail, the various levels of support available through the NHS and how/when to access this support. We finish with a discussion of screening services and cancer awareness.

Yet to come:

Coffee Mornings* – Clients will be able to join us for a cuppa and a chance to practice English, make friends and explore various opportunities for skill-building in Cardiff. A relaxed vibe is the goal with the option to learn or engage with a topic, be it IT skills, volunteering, caring for one’s health and more.

Walking Socials* – A leisurely, short walk around and about Central Cardiff. A chance to rediscover parts of the city, socialise and get some fresh air/exercise.

(still in progress*)

 

What additional Support is offered?

Transport costs are provided. Occasionally, sessions will be offered with interpretation and with play-provision for children. If you will need level access, large print, or have any other accessibility needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

How can I join?

Send us an email. We can signpost you to our next session where you can attend and sign-up to the project as a whole.

Get in touch! 

Adam Joannou | Integration and Participation Officer | adam@dpia.org.uk | 02920 789 733 | 07939912435