Asylum Seekers have been welcomed to Wales thanks to a unique initiative in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Based in Barry, Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) Vale have teamed up with Butetown Community Centre, and Life Skills Aid, at the first-ever Asylum Seekers Welcome Day in Cardiff.
The new initiative helps those who find themselves forcibly displaced after fleeing their home country due to war or other incidents which put themselves or their families in danger.
Those who attend will receive free clothes, toiletries, a hot meal, and a fruit and veg take-away bag.
This first event took place on the 11th of April and was aimed at men based in the area – many of whom have been relocated from the notorious Penally Camp.
Speaking about the first event, SUTR Vale Treasurer Emma Davies-Powell said: “I loved every minute of it.
“Being able to make a difference is all I’ve talked about since being home.
“It’s now something I can tell my kids about, which will hopefully allow them to be more understanding and better people.”
Committee member, Sue White, has also set up Welcome Packs for those leaving Penally.
The packs contained a hat, socks, gloves, scarf/bandana, towels, deodorant, razors, shave gel, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
Supported by SUTR’s Vale Social Media lead Chelsea Jones, Sue’s idea quickly caught the hearts of the community with very generous donations being made – including a couple of much-needed bicycles.
Next month sees a women and children’s Asylum Seekers Welcome Day, and it is envisaged that both events are just the start of a long-term community effort.
Anyone who would like to get involved should contact Stand Up To Racism (Vale) on email@example.com