We are extremely proud of Saadiq in Year 10, who received a Community Play Volunteers Award from the Lord Mayor at a ceremony at Swansea’s Guildhall. Saadiq, one of the youngest recipients of the award, was recognised for his work with EYST (Ethnic Youth Support Team).
Now in its 10th year, The Lord Mayor’s Community Play Volunteer Awards recognise people who make sure youngsters have access to safe, quality, play opportunities in all areas of the City. Whether it’s supporting their local project or helping to run play schemes the volunteers give up their time for free.
Saadiq gave his time to the summer Swansea play scheme at the EYST drop-in centre, helping to look after children and leading various learning and recreational activities.
EYST Summer play scheme
He helped to look after the children during the sessions and led them in various learning and recreational activities. The Ethnic Youth Support Team was set up in 2005 by a group of ethnic minority young people in Swansea. It aims to fill a gap in provision for young BME people aged 11-25 by providing a targeted, culturally sensitive and holistic support service to meet their needs. Working with younger children in play schemes is just one of the many structured activities that EYST offers its young people.
Award winning project
Saadiq was also part of a team of young volunteers that worked on the ‘Chips, Curry and Cappuccino’ project in partnership with the National Waterfront Museum. This involved working in a group to research and interview members of different BME (Black and Minority Ethnicity) communities in Swansea to discover how foods of different cultures have become part of the mainstream British diet.
Research from the project was included in a short film representing each community and their stories of settling in Swansea. The film was featured in the Chips, Curry and Cappuccino project exhibition at the National Waterfront Museum in 2016. The exhibition was designed and installed by the young people themselves to reflect diverse cultures and their similarities within the context of Swansea. A teaching pack was also produced to enable primary schools to teach diversity, culture and heritage to KS2 pupils.
Saadiq’s contribution was formally recognised when the ‘Chips, Curry and Cappuccino’ project won the 2016 High 5 Award from Swansea Council.
Headteacher, Mr Michael Boulding, said “We applaud Saadiq for his community spirit and his work in promoting an appreciation of the diversity of our city. He is a role model for both the younger children he works with, and his fellow students at Ffynone House.”