The Wales Cities of Sanctuary Project is managed by Displaced People in Action.
The project aims to strengthen the existing work that members of Swansea City of Sanctuary already do and to set up some new projects too. Project staff will also be developing closer links with Cardiff City of Sanctuary with the aim of Wales becoming the first ever Nation of Sanctuary!
The project employs three staff members in Swansea:
Coordinator – Rebecca Scott ([email protected])
Rebecca oversees the Swansea City of Sanctuary project and is responsible for setting the project strategy and monitoring outcomes. As City Coordinator, she supports a number of working groups to tackle particular issues that affect people seeking sanctuary.
Rebecca joined the project from the UK Civil Service, where she worked in the Cabinet Office, Department for Education and, most recently, the Welsh Government. In 2015, Rebecca completed a secondment to St John Ambulance, as Social Inclusion Project Manager. There, she was responsible for the Cabinet Office Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund project, which gave over 5,000 young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to join youth groups across the UK.
Development Worker – Eleri Williams ([email protected])
As the Swansea Development Worker, Eleri works closely with pledged supporters to implement practical actions to support and involve people seeking sanctuary. She is developing a team of Sanctuary Speakers.
Eleri has been involved with Swansea City of Sanctuary since 2012, when she was recruited as a mental health intern. Three months later, in January 2013, she stood for election to the Management Committee. At the same time as this, she was completing her MSc in Development & Human Rights, and completing internships with Oxfam Cymru, Wales Africa Community Links and Disability in Wales and Africa.
Integration Officer– Stepheni Kays ([email protected])
Stepheni will be working as the Swansea Integration Officer continuing the Welcome to Swansea mentoring scheme. She will also be involved in developing resources for asylum seekers and supporting sanctuary seekers to find volunteering and other meaningful opportunities.
Stepheni came to Swansea as an asylum seeker in 2008. Prior to becoming the Integration Officer, she volunteered as a Menotr for the project whilst doing a BA in Humanities and Social Studies. She is currently completing a Masters in Development & Human Rights.
Integration Officer– Hannah Chapman ([email protected]) Hannah works Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hannah coordinates the Welcome to Swansea project alongside Stepheni.
Hannah is a qualified occupational therapist and thus has a passion for supporting people to do the everyday things they want and need to be doing.
She has a background of managing a mental health service for Neath Port Talbot council -overseeing a residential unit and a community support programme. Prior to this she worked at Discovery student volunteering managing a scheme to support disabled students. She has volunteered locally as a trustee for Bikeability Wales and a non-executive director for Down to Earth.