The “Woman: Creation” project involves working with women who now live in Cardiff but come from all around the world, many as Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Please click on the links below for further information on the Women's Creation Art Project:
Women's Creation Art Project
Refugee and Women's Art Project
WA Tutor - Melaneia Warwick
Adults Learners Make Plans for their Future
A course aimed at raising the aspirations of adult learners about accessing Higher Education has been running recently in the Cardiff neighbourhood of Canton. The course, a joint initiative between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Severn Road Neighbourhood Learning Centre aims to provide adults who may not have considered studying in Higher Education before a chance to find out more about the opportunities available to them and to help develop confidence, skills and focus to think about their future plans and potentially a University education.
Kay Howells, Widening Access Manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University said “this course, “Opening the door on your Aspirations”, is ideal for anyone thinking about making that leap into Higher Education but may not have the first clue about how to go about it. Many adults haven’t got any experience of the system and don’t realise that with the right guidance, it can be accessible for adults who perhaps had a poor experience at School some years ago. Its never too late to learn!”.
Sarah Duncan Jones, Neighbourhood Learning Manager at Severn Road Neighbourhood Learning Centre said “Opening the Door on your aspiration has attracted a wide range of learners who have very different prior learning experiences of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Our partnership work with Taff Housing has attracted members of their tenant committee, the learner forum at Severn Road has encouraged 2 young women students who are building on their basic skills, while computer students are taking the opportunity to broaden their possibilities for the future. We are very happy to work with Cardiff Metropolitan Widening Access to offer learners increased opportunities in their local area.”
It is hoped that by the end of this course, several of the learners will have a good idea about where to take their learning too next and may eventually progress into Higher Education.
Please click on the below to see an article about Adult Learners from the Western Mail written by Kay Howells, Widening Access Manager.
Learning what becoming a Youth Worker is all about
For several years, Cardiff Metropolitan has run a really successful Introduction to Youth and Community Work. This course is a brilliant way of finding out more about careers and opportunities such as becoming a youth worker or getting involved with other jobs within a community setting. Learners also find out more about entry requirements and get a real flavour of course content.
This course runs several times a year both at Cardiff Metropolitan and at several of the Neighbourhood Learning Centres in community locations. For several years, the course has been successfully delivered in the Powerhouse Neighbourhood Learning Centre Llanedeyrn. The centre is based in an area of significant deprivation, and aims to give local people the opportunity to engage in learning and to progress into further or higher education or employment.
Chris Prescott, Powerhouse Neighbourhood Learning Centre Manager says, “Our partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University helps us to raise the aspirations of our adult learners whilst introducing them to the course in a familiar and comfortable setting. We have seen many local learners move up and move as a result of joining this course and many other courses delivered by Cardiff Metropolitan University in Neighbourhood Learning centres.”
One learner on the course said “I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn the Introduction to Youth and Community course. I was adamant about going to University but now I feel motivated and would like to enrol for a University course in the near future.” Whilst another stated “By doing the course, it answered what I needed to know – that I would have to do a foundation course as I don’t have any A levels, because I wanted to sign on for the BA course for Youth and Community Work.”
Kay Howells, Widening Access Manager at Cardiff Metropolitan said “this course is ideal for anyone interested in working within their community. Over several years, many learners who have attended have gone on to do the degree at Cardiff Metropolitan and forge a career in the profession of Youth and Community work. This is real proof that learners who don’t have traditional qualifications can progress into University, it can all start with a free of charge community course!”
Steve Drowley, Course Director of the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work said, "Many people get involved in Youth and Community Work almost by accident. They may have had a pretty negative experience at school and certainly don't regard themselves as potential university students. Then they find themselves involved in a youth project - perhaps their kids go along, or they have a mate who does. They find it's different - welcoming, accepting, unpressured, seems to focus on who they are. They start to 'help' and find they're really good at it. They do some training and discover to their shock they enjoy it and want to do more, learn more. 'how about going on the Intro to Y&C Work course?' someone says, 'there's one at UWIC/CMet' . The tutor tells them about a degree in Y&C Work they can apply for or the Foundation programme that will prepare them for study at university. Amazed at themselves they apply....
Big learning journeys often start in these small and surprising ways. Many people are now qualified and qualifying professional youth workers because of just this kind of experience. The Introduction to Y&C Work plays a key role in nurturing such 'tales of the unexpected.'
The Multicultural Healthy Recipe
Changing to a healthier diet is about making small and gradual changes to your daily
Increasingly recognition is being given to our diets, what we eat plays an integral part in our desire for good health for ourselves and our families. A balanced diet provides the nourishment and nutrients we need to live healthily while long-term poor eating habits can contribute to ill health.
Conscious of the links between what we eat and some chronic health conditions a group of women from Somali Women Cymru came together to join the First Multicultural Healthy Recipe cooking course. The course that took place in Cardiff within local community settings is part of the Multicultural Healthy Recipe project lead by Ethnic Minority Communities First in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University and with the collaboration of the Public Health Dietetic Services.
The project aims to provide healthy eating and cooking skills that are practical and culturally informed whilst collecting traditional recipes that have been healthily adapted during the cooking sessions.
As a result Sudanese, Indian, Bangladesh, Pakistani and Somali communities who participated in the course have learned how to incorporate healthy tips when cooking for their families, including cooking with less fat, sugar and salt as well as introducing new ingredients in order to have a more balanced diet. The newly learned skills were put to the test during the last session, where they had to adapt the choice of their traditional home dishes to make them healthier. Despite some initial reluctance the participants agreed that the results were surprisingly good and tasty.
Kinsi Hayan a key member from Somali Women Cymru and who was instrumental in bringing the Somali women together thinks that this course will inspire participants to make changes to their diet, as well as addressing issues such as the importance of starting the day with breakfast and eating more regularly throughout the day to increase energy levels. Amina Awad (a participant) said the course has encouraged her to introduce changes to the meals she prepares for her young family.