What a first month it’s been! From attending training sessions, conferences and meetings of the Welsh Government Race forum to observing as colleagues carry out the core work of delivering workshops in a range of schools, my time at Show Racism the Red Card Wales has been busy and exciting.
Sunil and all the team here in Wales are so impressive: deeply committed to making a difference and constantly looking for ways to develop the work and scope of the charity. The school workshops engage young people so brilliantly in discussing and thinking critically about racism. Each member of the team brings their own particular personality to the sessions and all are so willing to share advice and experiences with a newbie to help me fit in.
It was great to see that teachers and support staff during a twilight training session were so keen to use Show Racism the Red Card support and resources to embed anti-racism into their curriculum and to help them deal with racist incidents. It feels good to be part of an organisation that can offer that kind of support not just to young people, but also to the adults who work with them.
I’ve loved watching all my colleagues working in schools but I have to admit to being more excited even than the pupils when I got to work for the first time with Steve Jenkins, who I remember watching play for Cardiff City and Wales!
I’ve shadowed the inspirational Noam during a day’s workshops in a Welsh-medium primary school and have now been challenged to try and deliver at least part of a session in Welsh before the academic year is out. (Gawn ni weld, Noam! We’ll see!)
So helpful and supportive have my colleagues been that today I felt confident enough to do my first solo ‘gig’, delivering a short assembly about Wear Red Day in a local secondary school. After that I feel I’m probably ready to try whole sessions, so I’m not looking back.
Having known about Show Racism the Red Card for a long time as a football fan and parent , and having been lucky enough to have been timetabled to teach year 7 when Jason came to deliver a workshop with them at my school, it’s a privilege to now be working for a charity so close to my heart.