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. 

Communications officer job description

Communications officer application form

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.

We're recruiting!

Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, we can expand the work we do.  Now we’re recruiting two community organisers to join our staff team.

The deadline for applications is 25th August 2019.  See our jobs page for all the details. 

Young Leaders Call on Councillors to Reduce Single Use Plastic

Earlier this week, young leaders from the St Joseph’s Catholic & Anglican High School’s TCC group visited the Guildhall to meet with Councillor Bithell, Lead Member for Place – Environment and Transport. 

They presented him over 100 letters addressed to Local Councillors, written by Year 7 students, expressing their concerns about the use of single-use plastic and the environment.  

The TCC group have been working to reduce single use plastic in their school and in the wider community. They have met with the catering staff and got plastic cutlery removed from their school canteen, as well as planning and delivering a PSE session about single-use plastic to all of the Year 7 students in the school.  

Katie, TCC young leader commented, “I am very concerned with where our world is heading, and I wanted to do something about it. I raised the issue with my TCC group and others shared the same concern, so we decided to take action on it”.  

During the meeting the group powerfully expressed their concerns for the environment and called on the council to take further action on reducing single-use plastic.  

Councillor Bithell said, “I was very pleased to meet the pupils from St Joseph's School and hear what they had to say about issues such as cutting down on single-use plastics.  Their passion for what we discussed during the morning was very clear - but I was also very impressed by the level of questions they put to me, and their grasp of a range of environmental issues.  I'd like to thank them for coming to present to me and ask questions, and I'd be happy to discuss these issues with them again in the future.” 

 

The TCC group will continue their campaign through making their school a Plastic Free School and supporting the wider Plastic Free Wrexham initiative. If you are interested in supporting the Plastic Free Wrexham campaign please contact plasticfreewrecsam(@)gmail.com or visit the Facebook page

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