“The spread of COVID-19 has placed a halt on so many things in our lives, especially our ability to travel, causing many to cancel the vacations they had planned. But while we may be stuck inside, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some new experiences in the meantime. So we’ve put together an ultimate list of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours that you can visit from the comfort of your couch!
Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you’re really visiting the museum. The experiences are sure to entertain the whole family, an art or history buff, or even those of us who want to imagine the joys of travel again!”
“I’m Ghaida, 22-year-old, I’m a Saudi asylum seeker in Cardiff.
As a young woman, I found it difficult in the Beginning because I’m alone here, Migrant Help recommended a few organisations to get help, one of them was the Oasis center. Because a lot of asylum seekers and refugees come to the center, I had the opportunity to make friends.
The staff helped me to register for IELTS classes in the center, which is important for me to study Nursing at Cardiff University.
Besides, there are different interesting sessions and activities for women, such as crafts groups, women’s health, and beauty. The staff invited me for many events, like Sherman Theatre, the 2 Refugee Women’s conference, winter wonderland, and a photography workshop run by Cardiff Women’s Aid it was lovely to experience and attend these events.
Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, they didn’t stop helping me or others, the female staff created a women’s WhatsApp group, supporting us and sharing useful activities and online workshops, this group was supportive and helpful during this hard situation.
Also, my IELTS teacher supports me by sending important resources that help me to self-study and improve my English. I believe what Oasis does for me or other asylum seekers is great and supportive.”
Oasis Cardiff supports asylum seekers and refugees to integrate into the local community, helping Wales become a more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse nation. As the largest independent asylum and refugee support centre in the UK, we pride ourselves on the work we do in supporting individuals and families, however as our current support services are on hold, we need your help!
At present we are delivering meals to 2,500 individuals per week and this is likely to continue increasing during this time. The money raised would cover the costs of food preparation and deliveries, and will allow us to continue to offer toiletries and sanitary products to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. This includes those who are homeless, in initial accommodation, or self-isolating during this period; due to symptomatic or current health conditions. The money raised will also enable staff to continue supporting the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, and will allow us to maintain strong and supportive relationships within the community.
We are holding this online charity auction whereby you can bid for some amazing items that have been donated to us by local and international businesses as well as Wales-based artists and creatives.
We have put some focus on prizes that will be particularly beneficial during this time. Prizes will include practical solutions for the lockdown period, focusing on maintaining health and wellbeing and remaining positive. We also have a few items that can purely act as a guilt-free treat for yourself or someone you think may deserve it during this time.
This auction will run from 10am on Monday 4th May until midnight on Sunday 10th May 2020.
To learn more about the support we are offering please visit our Twitter (@OasisCDF), Instagram (@oasiscdf), or Facebook (@OasisCDF).
Thank you, and happy bidding
The Oasis Cardiff Team
Safe Ramadan practices in the context of the COVID-19
15 April 2020
The holy month of Ramadan is marked by social and religious gatherings where Muslim families and friends unite to break
their fast together, after sunset during iftar or before dawn during suhour. Many Muslims increase their attendance at mosques during the month and congregate for longer prayers for taraweeh a and qiyam.
Some Muslims also spend consecutive days and nights at mosques during the last 10 days of Ramadan (i’tikaf) for prayers. These traditional and religious practices are regularly observed throughout the month. This year Ramadan falls between late April and late May as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The transmission of COVID-19 is facilitated by close contact between people, as the virus is spread through respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces. To mitigate the public health impact, several countries have implemented physical distancing measures aimed at interrupting
transmission by reducing interaction between people.
These measures are fundamental control mechanisms to control the spread of infectious diseases, particularly respiratory infections, associated with large gatherings of people. Physical distancing measures, including the closing of mosques, monitoring of public gatherings and other restrictions on movement, will have direct implications for the social and religious gatherings central to Ramadan.
More in the links below:
NT Live at Home will be uploading a new play every Thursday evening over the coming weeks, which will then be available for 7 days. To view, follow this link:
Culture Stream has an outstanding variety of plays, musicals, operas and dance shows available absolutely free. Highlights include:
- Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
*From Friday 3rd April*
- The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare (Barbican)
- The Marriage of Figaro (Garsington Opera)
- A 60 Minute Special by Cirque de Soleil
To watch these and many more, follow this link: https://www.
Lord Lloyd Webber has just announced that he will be streaming his back catalogue of West End mega-hits on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On, every Friday at 7pm. The shows will be available for 48 hours afterwards. To view, follow this link:
For those craving something a bit less musical but equally colourful, you’ll appreciate the many museums worldwide that have implemented virtual tours.
Check out an online exhibit at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea via Google Arts and Culture, and get your art fix without leaving your home.
The application process has been streamlined into the existing returnees survey. Refugee doctors will need to apply to work as Medical Support Workers, when prompted in the survey, please write “Medical Support Worker” in the questions that asks, “in what capacity do you wish to work?” The survey is here.There is a lot of further information here (please note if you have previously looked on this website it has been updated as of this morning).
Feed the Nation
This website is one of the sites co-ordinating some of the increasing number of vacancies supporting this sector.
It offers support for both employers and candidates who are looking for work and who may need support and training to apply for these roles. Some of the employers involved are Amazon, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Staffline. For further information please check this link.
Movement to Work
Here is the link to the Movement to Work opportunities that might be suitable from agricultural pickers with the National Farmers Untion to roles with BUPA.
Thank you to all the organisations who are sending through information regarding job and training opportunities that are currently available in these very difficult times. We are trying to send these round regularly so please send information through to us to circulate to our 200 plus membership.
We know that these roles may not be suitable for the people you are working with but we want to share as much information as possible.
Immediate volunteering positions available for fluent speakers in Farsi, Persian, Arabic and Dari to work with NHS HELPLINES.
Volunteers will offer advice and guidance concerning the Coronavirus via telephone, email or live online chat.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Oasis Cardiff and others in Careers Wales are still available to support with CV writing, Job application and other employability support such as telephone interview prep and skype interview support with any of these opportunities.
Here are the links to the different positions currently available:
Acorn have immediate start positions- www.acornpeople.com/job-search/
Lidl – £9.30 per hour – Stock Assistant – 4 weeks Fixed Term Contract (Splott). To apply: https://careers.lidl.co.uk/jobs/stock-assistant-4-weeks-fixed-term-contract-splott-29996
Asda – Drivers – Asda urgently need Customer Delivery Drivers on 4 week rolling contracts. No experience necessary go along to your local store with your Driving License and proof of Right To Work docs eg. passport. You will not be required to apply on line .
Home Bargains – https://jobs.homebargains.co.uk/our-roles/in-store
Sainsbury’s – All Positions – https://sainsburys.jobs/feedingthenation/
A&R Cleaning Services – If you would like more information about the positions or would like to submit your CV, email Businessemail@example.com or call 01656 713950
Food Warehouse production – Call Recruitment Team on 01443 484333.
Morrisons – All Positions- apply on the Morrison’s Colleague Facebook page or online – https://apply.morrisons.jobs/vacancies/vacancy-search-results.aspx
NHS Cardiff and Vale Healthboard– http://www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/working-with-us
NHS Cwm Taf Healthboard – https://cwmtafmorgannwg.wales/we-need-you-paid-temporary-roles-are-availble/
These positions may change daily with more being added in some cases. If anyone is interested then they can apply online or contact 0800 028 4844 and ask to speak with an adviser.