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20 March 2013

Cardiff and Vale College brings community groups together

Cardiff and Vale College has held its first Equality, Social Collaboration and Community Engagement Committee.

The Committee has been created to enable the College to work with a wide range of our community and 3rd sector organisations to create a platform for far greater community engagement and support.  The group will support the College in collaborating and networking with these groups and will ensure that Cardiff and Vale College is a centre place for the community.  The Committee is chaired by Head of Learner and Learning Support Michell Hiller-Forster and Head of Social Engagement and Community Collaboration Denise Olander.

The group will work together to help the College and its partners to achieve a better understanding of their work to maximise engagement within all the communities served by the College, through sharing best practice and ideas.  They will develop strategies for working together to enable us to effectively identify and overcome the barriers faced by many in society, helping us to challenge under-representation and under-performance across all protected characteristics.

The meeting was held at the College’s new Dumballs 2 campus.  Staff from the College were joined by key professionals including Saleem Kidwai , Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, Sally Milton and Sady Elseesi from STTEPS, Asha Ali from Sef Cymru, Mark Wilmore the Transition Manager from Cardiff County Council, Steve Khariah from the Somali Integration Society, Ed Synan from Vision 21 Bill Green and Nicola Hughes 2 Cardiff Youth Officers, Joanne Robinson from Media Academy Cardiff, Maria Blakeson from MENFA and Arwen Thomas and Lesley Mayers from QWEST.

The group agreed to set up task and finish groups on 3 active projects – developing a programme of wrap around support for students involving all partners, producing a supportive programme of training and development for staff who work with young people and creating a communication portal to improve information sharing among those who work with people who are disengaged.