Last week was Race Equality Week, a UK-wide event highlighting the work of thousands of organisations and individuals across the country who work to address race equality barriers.
In Wrexham, we shone the spotlight on the great work of the North East Wales Multi-Cultural Hub project, which was established by Race Council Cymru and brings together Tŷ Pawb and North East Wales Community Cohesion Team at Wrexham Council.
This project focuses on empowering Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities living and working in Wrexham and wider North Wales, and emphasises how important it is that the history and culture of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people is represented to ensure that their contribution to Wales is recognised.
Looking to the present, this project looks to ensure that culture, heritage and sport-related activities reflect what these groups would like to see in their local area.
To make sure funding for this is available, Wrexham has benefitted from Welsh Government’s ‘Anti-racist Wales culture, heritage and sport fund’.
Cllr Hugh Jones, lead member with responsibility for Tŷ Pawb, said: “We have been awarded £240,000 over three years from this fund to support the North East Wales Multicultural Hub, based in Tŷ Pawb. This project already supports more than 25 community groups and practitioners who are, or support, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
“This funding means we can do even more to empower wider grassroots community groups to lead and take advantage of cultural, arts, heritage and sport opportunities, all of which support a sense of belonging and equality within Wales.”
Cllr Paul Roberts, lead member for community safety and partnerships, said: “As part of this funding from Welsh Government, we have awarded grant of £2,000 to 16 community groups across North Wales in support of projects that reflect and celebrate equality and diversity in our communities. In Wrexham this has included funding for Larynx Entertainment, a group of mixed race Hip Hop artists in Wrexham; Wrexham African Groups who will use the money to perform African live music and dance as well as a fashion show; and BAWSO who will be hosting a welcome session for people from Kenya who have just arrived in Wrexham area to live.
“I welcome these projects and encourage you to go along to the events.”
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