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TCC tackles social injustice by supporting diverse communities to gain the power they need to enact change.  We do this through community organising: bringing together local groups, supporting them to set their own agenda, take action, and improve their communities. 

 

Our members are many different faith groups, community organisations, and schools from across Wrexham, Flintshire, and Denbighshire.  Any of our members can raise an issue for TCC to work on—so they set our agenda.

 

We’re always looking for new groups to join us, so please get in contact.

 

TCC Secures £100,000 for Youth Led Campaigning

TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities) has secured £100,000 from the Act for Change Fund to continue its youth led campaign work across North East Wales.  Act for Change Fund is a £3.6 million partnership, which is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in Wales, for organisations supporting young people working for change. The Fund provides resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing. 

 

TCC young leaders have already improved support for young people who use British Sign Language, persuaded their college to be more welcoming for students who are refugees or asylum seekers and convinced the police to take action to reduce anti-social behaviour in their areas. One of TCC’s current young leaders said “I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about power, and how to speak to people. Before I got into TCC I wasn’t really confident at speaking to people, who I believed had more power than me. I also thought that my opinion wasn’t really valued, but with TCC I’ve learnt that my opinion is important and I know I can talk to anyone about it. I know how to approach someone in power and how to speak to them.”  TCC looks forward to supporting more young people to lead new campaigns that challenge social injustice over the next two years. 

TCC celebrates Welsh Government free school meals commitment

Members of TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities), are celebrating after Welsh Government made new commitments to Free School Meals in response to the charity’s School Hunger / Dysgu Nid Llwgu campaign. 

TCC, an alliance of over 35 local community groups, launched the Wales-wide campaign in November this year.  Last week, TCC community leaders met with First Minister Mark Drakeford AM, to discuss the campaign.

In today’s draft budget, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans AM committed an extra £450k to run a breakfast pilot in secondary schools, starting from September 2020.  This will be for pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals and will mean they will be able to get a healthy and nutritious breakfast, either before school starts, or during morning break.  The draft budget also includes funding to extend free school meal provision through the Pupil Development Grant.

The School Hunger / Dysgu Nid Llwgu campaign was launched after teaching staff at TCC member group Ysgol y Grango, Wrexham, experienced young people coming into school hungry and spending their free school meals allowance as soon as they could on breakfast.  This meant they then couldn’t afford to eat a proper meal at lunchtime as well, and teaching staff were stepping in to provide food or money so that pupils could eat.  These stories were backed up by TCC research, which showed that this was happening across Wales. 

 

Headteacher of Ysgol y Grango and TCC member, Mr Stephen Garthwaite, says “As headteacher of Ysgol y Grango, I’m delighted and proud that the daily experience of our staff illuminated a national story.  Through organising with TCC, we have brought about a national change, as shown in this draft budget.  It will mean pupils can start the day with food in their stomachs, which can only be good for their well-being as well as their ability to learn”.

 

Teaching assistant, Mrs Yvonne Girvan, says: “I couldn’t stand by when pupils were arriving at school hungry, having had no breakfast.  Most staff I know were doing the same, spending their own money on feeding children, and TCC’s research - amongst others - showed this was happening across the country.  This is brilliant news for the poorest children in Wales, and it shows what we can achieve as communities when we take constructive action on the social issues facing us”.     

 

TCC chair of trustees, Rev Dr Jennie Hurd says: “Next year, TCC will have been running successful community organising campaigns in Wales for 25 years.  We would like to congratulate the Welsh Government on committing to this pilot for breakfast provision for pupils in secondary school who are eligible for free school meals.”  
 

TCC receives nearly £20,000 from People’s Postcode Trust for Town of Sanctuary campaign

TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities) has been awarded nearly £20,000 to develop the campaign to make Wrexham a Town of Sanctuary, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery,

 

A Town of Sanctuary is a place welcoming to everyone, especially refugees and asylum seekers.  The campaign to make Wrexham a Town of Sanctuary was launched earlier in the year, with a range of diverse organisations and local groups supporting it. 

 

The funding will enable a worker to recruit more individuals and groups in Wrexham to get involved, such as schools, community groups, faith groups, and businesses, who will be supported to take practical action to welcome diverse communities.  Training will be delivered to dispel myths, combat discrimination, and raise awareness on the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers.  Those involved hope that this will mean that Wrexham can successfully be assessed and awarded Town of Sanctuary status within the next 12 months. 

 

A recent survey of people in Wrexham found that the majority did not understand the terms refugee or asylum seeker, and most overestimated how many refugees and asylum seekers there are in Wrexham, some by over 100 times.  However, the majority of people also said they wanted to do more to welcome refugees and asylum seekers in the local community. 

 

Wrexham is the smallest of four ‘dispersal areas’ in Wales, meaning at any one time around 150 people seeking asylum are living in Wrexham through this scheme.  Wrexham’s overall population is over 135,000.   Whilst around 65.5 million people fleeing conflict, violence or persecution worldwide, less than 0.3% of the UK’s population are refugees.  

 

Godwin Busuyi from the Wrexham Town of Sanctuary group said “Despite my hard experience in Wrexham during my first year of staying here, I can safely say I and my family have found home and safety in Wrexham.  It has been mind-lifting.”

 

TCC’s lead organiser Kay Polley said “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding, and extremely grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible.  We really value the contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to our communities; this funding will help us do a lot more to make Wrexham a welcoming place which celebrates diverse communities.” 

 

To sign up to support the Wrexham Town of Sanctuary campaign visit this page.

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