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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 open to new groups who want to join us, so please get in contact.

 

Stop School Hunger campaign update - 8th April 2020

After celebrating our win on TCC’s Stop School Hunger / Dysgu Nid Llwgu campaign, things have obviously now changed dramatically with the coronavirus crisis. We’re working to ensure that Welsh Government’s commitment to funding breakfast in schools for Wales’ poorest pupils still goes ahead, in a pilot scheme for Year 7 pupils this September.

 

In the meantime, whilst schools are closed for most pupils, we want to ensure that no child who should be receiving free school meals is going hungry. 

 

We believe that the best way to do that is to give families money directly so that people can provide food for their children themselves. Collecting food in person puts families at unnecessary risk, delivering meals creates huge logistical challenges, and vouchers drastically limit where food can be bought. Asking families to use vouchers contradicts the efforts made to reduce the stigma associated with claiming free school meals. Vouchers can also force people to travel longer distances to get to specific supermarkets which in some circumstances may not be accessible at all, particularly now that public transport is even more limited. 

 

Last week, we wrote to Education Minister Kirsty Williams, asking her to take action to ensure that all local authorities in Wales provide cash payments directly to families. 

 

Read our letter to the Education Minister here.

 

We’ll keep you updated as this work progresses. In the meantime, if you or someone you know has been affected by not being able to access free school meals, or other services, please share your story with us. 

 

This is completely anonymous, and we won’t ask you for any personal details.  Your story will help us paint a picture of the challenges people in Wales are currently facing, and will help shape TCC’s campaigns for change.

Celebrations for High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Award Winner, Godwin Akinyele

Godwin Akinyele has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to volunteering by the High Sheriff of Clwyd. Godwin said: “This is not my first award, either here in the UK or in Africa, but I think there is something spectacular about this: being honoured and rewarded for what I simply enjoy doing – giving myself to serving others even when it is least convenient.

I want to say thank you to the office of the High Sheriff of Clwyd for considering me worthy for this award. I also want to express my profound gratitude to the British Red Cross, Welsh Refugee Council, Bawso and TCC for providing platforms to demonstrate my skills and passions. This award is a sure booster; an inspiration to continue in what I know how to do, because reward awaits everything.”

Godwin is a volunteer caseworker for British Red Cross Refugee Services and Welsh Refugee Council. He is also a support volunteer with Bawso. Godwin is also a VOICES Ambassador. People from the VOICES Network are experts by experience on refugee and asylum seekers issues, who contribute to shaping policies, news stories and improving services. Godwin was elected in the year 2019 as the Volunteer Representative of the British Red Cross (Refugee Services) for North Wales.  On top of all this, Godwin is a supporter of the Wrexham Town of Sanctuary campaign.

Godwin was nominated for the award by Wrexham Town of Sanctuary, a coalition of individuals, community groups, faith groups and organisations working together to make Wrexham more welcoming for people who have fled their home countries due to war, violence or persecution. Lucy Allin, Wrexham Town of Sanctuary Coordinator at TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities) said: “When a person has been forced to leave their home country, it is vital they feel safe, respected and welcomed into their new community. Godwin’s volunteering makes a huge difference to people who are refugees or asylum seekers feeling welcomed in our communities. This award reflects how highly regarded Godwin’s skills and dedication are, within the community, and by a wide range of organisations.”

Wanjiku Ngotho-Mbugua, regional director of the Wrexham branch of Bawso, one of the supporting organisations involved with Wrexham Town of Sanctuary, and also a TCC member group said: “I’m so pleased that Godwin has won this award. He totally deserves it. He has taken his role as a volunteer very seriously and is available and punctual on all his days in work. He also comes to the office very smartly dressed and cheerful and sometimes I just wonder how he manages to do this every week when his own life is full of challenges- being a sanctuary seeker in Wales.

 

He has touched so many lives, especially those of asylum seekers, they have all benefitted from his sensible advice that comes from a well lived experience.”

Save the date - TCC is 25!

​We're incredibly proud that in 2020 we will be celebrating TCC's long history as the UK's oldest community organising charity. 

 

Please save the date and we'll have more details soon! 

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.”  
 

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