A Bit About Us

SEWREC is a local charity that now has twenty-seven years' experience of working to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people from different backgrounds in Wales.

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. We also do a great deal of work to challenge poverty and because much of our work is delivered in partnership some of our projects extend well beyond our traditional Gwent base.

In the last fifteen years or so 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 exploitation and abuse 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, supports people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and helps to 'level the playing field'. This is important because they 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.

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SEWREC is a registered charity (no. 1108264) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 5220080)