TCC Secures £100,000 for Youth Led Campaining

​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.”  

Stop School Hunger Campaign Launched

TCC has launched its Wales-wide campaign - Stop School Hunger / Dysgu Nid Llwgu.  

TCC members found that a significant group of children in receipt of free school meals are currently forced to make a difficult decision between buying breakfast or lunch. This means that free school meals – the Welsh Government’s key anti-child poverty tool in secondary schools – falls far short of its requirements and is inadequate to cope with the extent of deprivation and inequality facing children in Wales. 

Visit the Stop School Hunger page to support the campaign, calling on Welsh Government to increase the Free School Meals allowance to provide each child with a breakfast and proper lunch.  

Stop School Hunger Campaign Launch - 18th Nov

​Some of our most vulnerable children in Wales are arriving at secondary school on an empty stomach, too hungry to learn, with staff spending their own money to feed them.
 
On 18th November we will launch a brand-new Stop School Hunger Wales-wide campaign, in Wrexham’s Ysgol y Grango, urging members of the public to sign a petition calling on Welsh Government to increase the Free School Meals allowance to provide each child with a breakfast and proper lunch. 
 
TCC has conducted its own research, corroborating other evidence from the likes of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, that a significant group of children in receipt of free school meals are currently forced to make a difficult decision between buying breakfast or lunch. This means that free school meals – the Welsh Government’s key anti-child poverty tool in secondary schools – falls far short of its requirements and is inadequate to cope with the extent of deprivation and inequality facing children in Wales. 
 

The event is free, but please book a ticket in advance here

We're looking for a communications officer..

​A chance to join an award-winning charity in this new role, at an exciting time as we expand our successful work.  Having recently increased our staff team from two to four community organisers, we now need a communications officer to support our campaigns by increasing our online presence, capturing people's stories to demonstrate our success, and producing engaging communications for our members and supporters.

You'll be joining a small staff team, so you'll have the opportunity to input into the strategic direction of the organisation at this crucial time in our development.  As this is a new position you'll be able to work with the lead community organiser to develop it, and take on a leading role in managing our communications.  

You will be able to work between 14 and 22.5 hours - if you'd like to discuss working arrangements please get in touch with us before you apply.  Please see the job description for full details.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th November 2019. 

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