Oxfam Cymru works with local partner organisations all over Wales to help tackle poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion.
Skills for Life
The Skills for Life project supports Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women in Cardiff to gain the skills, experience and confidence they need to find decent work and build a life free from poverty. Women are still paid less for the work they do – the gender pay gap in the UK means women earn 18% less than men for doing the same job. For women working part-time in Wales, 40% are paid less than the Living Wage. Women often lack a voice in decision-making processes and are under-represented in leadership roles too. BME women are some of the most socially and economically disadvantaged who suffer disproportionate levels of poverty and social exclusion. That’s why Oxfam Cymru and South Riverside Community Development Centre are working to make a change. We aim to inspire, empower and support women to take control of their own economic situation by delivering a tailored and supportive programme of workshops, training, professional coaching and voluntary work placements.
The Skills for Life project supports the Communities for Work Programme and is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund.
This project offered people one-to-one support to take stock of their lives and access the help they need to make positive changes for themselves. Project workers, owing to the flexibility of the approach, were able to offer the very support needed to turn people’s lives around, including work equipment, mobile phone credit and even paternity testing.
The project used the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) – first used in Oxfam’s international development projects in Africa – that moves away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ service model to a tailored, strengths-based approach to tackling poverty. To find out more about the SLA you can watch this short filmor visit our resources section.
To find out more about the Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities In Wales project, contact Oxfam Cymru on 0300 200 1269.
Building Livelihoods Project locations
The Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities in Wales project took place in the following nine locations across Wales between 2012 and 2016:
In Glyncoch near Pontypridd we worked with parents of children at two local schools. Our partner is Glyncoch Community Regeneration Ltd.
In Peblig near Caernarfon, our partners were Sylfaen. This project worked with young unemployed people on a large housing estate.
Homeless or vulnerably housed people were offered support in Ebbw Vale by our project with The Wallichwho also address drug and alcohol dependency issues.
In Cardiff, we worked with South Riverside Community Development Centre to help Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women and men boost their employability and quality of life.
In Swansea, the project worked with refugee and asylum-seeking adults to improve their skills, confidence and social networks with partner the African Community Centre.
In Banwen in the Upper Dulais Valley we worked with DOVE Workshop to boost the life chances of long-term unemployed people.
In Newport, families with children in school were supported by our partnership with Duffryn Community Link.
In Rhyl, our project was aimed at older people in the town at risk of homelessness, many of whom live in bedsits and find work hard to come by. Our partner was Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council.
In Wrexham we worked with Caia Park Partnership to support vulnerable and hard-to-reach residents on a housing estate to improve their lives.
Sanctuary in Wales
The Sanctuary in Wales project delivered opportunities for refugee and asylum-seeking women in Wales between 2012 and 2015. Oxfam Cymru coordinated the three-year project in the four asylum dispersal areas of Wales, working in partnership with Oasis Cardiff in Cardiff, African Community Centre in Swansea, Displaced People in Action and Bethel Community Church in Newport, and BAWSO in Wrexham. Across all areas, Oxfam worked with Business in the Community who sourced and matched volunteering opportunities for women. The project partners in turn worked with a range of supporting organisations, employers and service providers in each of the four areas. The Sanctuary in Wales project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund Wales.