SEWREC is a local charity that now has twenty-six years' experience of working to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people from different backgrounds across the county of Gwent.
SEWREC was first registered as a charity in January 1991 as the South East Wales Racial Equality Council. Since then the remit has expanded to cover all nine of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010 and use (or not) of the Welsh language, but we also do a great deal of work to challenge poverty.
In the last fifteen years SEWREC has also seen a change in emphasis, from an almost exclusive focus on casework and complainant aid, to a wider focus:
1) A broader range of advocacy and casework: including work with older people, Gypsy, Traveller & Roma people, disabled people, migrants, asylum seekers & refugees (MARS), people who have survived sexual violence and those who have experienced hate crime;
2) Education and training, with a significant emphasis upon basic skills and personal development;
3) Community development, including youth work and work through sport, heritage and the arts.
SEWREC’s trustees believe that this mix of programmes more effectively challenges the causes of discrimination, supporting those from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping to 'level the playing field'. This is important because we want to see real change for individuals and for our communities as a whole.
Intrinsic to this wider philosophy is the notion that our most vulnerable and marginalised community members often lack control over their own lives (or significant areas of their lives), and that they should have access to the support that they need to be able to set their own goals, begin to work towards them and make choices for themselves.
A member of the Welsh Equality Group (WEG), the collective of the Race / Regional Equality Councils in Wales
SEWREC is a registered charity (no. 1108264) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 5220080)