The Plate: Sharing Food, Connecting People By Tunghing

Food transcends all boundaries. Taste and smell have no race, religion and political affiliation. No matter how different we think we are, food reminds us that we all have much in common. After all, we all need to eat and we all enjoy good food. Food is a good starting point to connect people, share culture and bring communities together. That is why The Plate Supper Club is organised.  

The Plate Supper Club is a monthly event showcasing the cultural diversity that Cardiff has to offer using food as a focal point. Taking place on the last Thursday of every month, the project invites a different Chef each month to share the traditional food of their country of origin. The Plate uses “food to connect with the local community and help to break the language and cultural barriers”, bringing people from various cultures together and encouraging them to interact. Food is an important part of culture and identity in many parts of the world. By exposing the community to new tastes, new ingredients and different cooking techniques, the Plate aims to raise awareness of each other’s cultural background in the community. The program also hopes to boost the self-esteem of refugees and asylum seekers, showing them that their culture and identity is something that they should be proud of. Songyeon Choi, Kitchen Manager at Oasis Cardiff, is this month’s Supper Club chef. Choi is originally from South Korea and has lived in the UK for 3 years. Before moving to Cardiff, she worked in Yemen and Jordan for 10 years. During her time abroad , she developed a passion for “teaching younger generations how to make delicious and healthy food with simple ingredients that can be obtained easily or are already in the kitchen pantry”, because “everyone needs to know how to cook to survive independently” and “sharing food is the easiest way to connect with people and make friends,” says Choi. While abroad, Choi was exposed to various cuisines and cooking techniques. Her cooking reflects these experiences. In her words, her cooking is like “a melting pot that mixes with different cultures, techniques and ingredients”.  

This time, Choi is going to share her culture with the community with food from South Korea. She will be making “jeon”, a traditional Korean dish that is normally eaten on special occasions such as Korean New Year’s Day, weddings and birthdays. This dish usually shared with friends and family. The dish is very close to Choi’s heart, as it reminds her of home. “Jeon” is made of either sliced vegetables, minced meat or fish, these ingredients are coated with seasoned flour, egg washed and then pan-fried in oil. Since it is pan-fried, “jeon” does not soak up an excessive amount of oil. It is healthier than deep-fried food and the fresh taste of all the ingredients is maintained. To enhance the flavour, “jeon” is served with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, black vinegar and red chilli powder.

This month’s The Plate Supper Club will be held on the 29th of August at Oasis Cardiff from 7 pm to 10 pm. It only costs £15.00 (+ £ 1.24 booking fee) to enjoy a true Korean dining experience. The Plate is partnered with Oasis Cardiff, a non-profit charity that aims to help refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff. Money raised through The Plate’s regular events is then put into, activities and integration projects run by Oasis Cardiff. 

For more information, please check the Oasis Cardiff’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Job Opportunity – Integration Caseworker

About Us:
Oasis Cardiff is a non-profit charity that aims to help Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cardiff.
Our main aims and visions are to help Refugees and Asylum Seekers integrate within their local community. Not only do we encourage integration within our own community and culture but we are also keen to learn and be inspired by the cultures and traditions we are exposed to daily by our wonderful clients at Oasis.

Summary of the role:
We are wanting to employ 2 caseworkers, that will holistically support newly granted refugees, to ensure that they have all the information and advice they need to restart their lives here in Wales. This project is funded by Comic Relief for the next 5 years.

The role requires people to be knowledgable of the asylum and refugee process, willing to work in a flexible manner and passionate about seeing people live independently and thrive.

For more information, please see the job description below.

Refugee Integration Case Worker Job Description

Hours: Full time
Salary: £21,000
Length: 5 years
Responsible and report to: The Director and Trustees of Oasis Cardiff

Key Responsibilities

Specific:
The role is to support recently granted refugees, with all aspects that they may find difficult in order
to integrate into the new community and develop their new life. The role will include:

• Developing mental health support both by accompanying clients as requested to appointments and by developing and/ or referring to well-being sessions.
• Provide accessible information tools around finances and housing
• To offer one to one support for individuals and map support needs.
• Supporting individuals in meetings with housing, doctors, school support.
• Develop the befriending scheme that will enable clients to have easy access to community

Activities:
• Support and develop links to other organisations and places of cultural interest
• To develop digital training workshops
• To monitor the project and apply for further funding to develop the project.
• To work as part of the staff and volunteer team at Oasis Cardiff.

General:
• To assist as required in the daily operation of Oasis Cardiff
• To carry out other tasks as requested by the Senior Management
• To support the development and positive profile of Oasis Cardiff
• Some travel required and the need to work out of hours on occasion (at the Senior Man-
statement discretion).

Skills and Competence

Essential:
• Knowledge of community services and the ability to form partnerships with organisations
• Experience of providing support, coaching or advice to marginalised communities\ ability to build relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds, especially those for whom English is not their first language.
• A good level of knowledge around benefits and housing
• Well developed planning skills
• Demonstrate self-motivation and ability to work independently to meet deadlines
• Ability to effectively influence external partners and represent the work of the project clearly
both written and verbal formats
• Value base of respect for others.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• A strong level of computer literacy and the ability to support people with computer usage.
• Strong gender analysis skills and a commitment to promoting equal opportunities.
Desirable
• Experience of providing support, training and advice specifically focused on housing and
employment.
• Experience of working with refugees
• Understanding of refugee rights to work, education and training.
• Awareness of the current policy climate around asylum and immigration in the UK and
Wales
• Experience of monitoring and evaluation

Additional information:

Closing date 5th July 2019

Interview date 16th July 2019

For more information regarding the post, please email reynette@oasiscardiff.org

Applying:

Please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to reynette@oasiscardiff.org or by post to Oasis Cardiff, 69b Splott Road, Cardiff, CF24 2BW

Refugee Mobile Kitchen May 2019 – Innovate For The Better… That’s The Only Option

The Food Trailer’s crew is working on bringing novelty to the menu. Meanwhile, most of the dishes on the current menu are still a hit.

When you’re onto a good thing stick with it! It’s a tempting adage to follow especially if the dishes on your menu are hit among your customers. However here at Oasis, innovating continually is a golden rule. During their debriefing meeting after the session of the fifth of April, the Food Trailer’s crew decided to once again tackle the equation. “We thought about bringing some changes to the menu by putting in some novelties,” Says Matt.  “It’s important to keep offering something new to customers.” He adds. Being creative is always a challenge and that challenge gets particularly higher when you have positive feedback from your customers. To give you an idea, here’s a look back at some reactions a few minutes earlier.

Theresa:  “I enjoyed the Falafel wrap. I picked it because I was looking for something not local. I especially liked the vegetables, salad and the sauce’’.

Anna:” the food was amazing and I would recommend it to anybody. I had the Albanian Pie which is spinach and feta and it’s just amazing. I like the taste and texture. I never had Albanian Pie before and it’s so nice to get the opportunity to have it.”

Helen: “I loved the meatballs and its sauce. The actual meatballs makes itself. The spices are completely unfamiliar.

Lesley (Ann’s friend):  “The food is delicious, it’s very nice. I had the vegan spinach pie which is the Albanian Pie minus the feta with some rice and it’s really tasty. It’s something different from what I normally eat.”

Now I am hungry for more information.  What changes is the crew planning to bring? Are some of the dishes are going to be replaced? Which ones?  Above all, what countries do the new dishes originate in? …Hush! The chef is like “Let’s keep it a surprise!”   

That evening, innovation has also been the keyword for the choir. Choir leader Laura and her team have added new moves to their repertoire. A Greek folk dance called Misirlou. According to the story it was created in the 1940s in the Greek-American community in Pittsburg by adapting steps of a traditional Greek Island dance to a song from the Eastern Mediterranean region called Misirlou. At first sight, you will call it a circle dance.  Yet if you get on the floor you will quickly realize how complex and exciting it can be. And no worries if you feel you are not the best line dancer. The idea for the choir and guests alike was to extend a warm welcome promoting togetherness and friendship. “It’s really lovely to come along, and that way we are supporting Oasis and very love because we can all share everybody’s culture and one universal thing is music,” says Anna. Same for Lesley: ”The music transcends languages and we can communicate with each other without the barriers that we normally have. ”Feel free to come it a go.

Joseph Oscar Gnagbo

Supper Club May 2019 – A Feast For a Pharaoh!

During May’s Supper Club, Egyptian was on the menu. Apart from the wide diversity of flavours and tastes, the guests were offered an authentic and plentiful feast.

What would a  Pharaoh’s dinner table look like? Though we know it’s impossible to travel back in time to 30 or 3200 BC, you would probably imagine a table laden with loads of food, rich in flavours, very gourmet, lavish and  -why not?- cooked by a chef specially brought from a far away country. If you were one of the lucky guests at the Supper Club on 2nd May, I’m sure you’ll agree that we experienced something similar.

The meal consisted of three immense courses each challenging you to leave enough room for the next! To do things right, the guests were welcomed with a glass of Qamar el-Din (translates literally as Moon of the Religion). It is a thick apricot drink traditionally drunk to break the fast during Ramadan. The blend of tangy and sweet, enough to stimulate the curiosity of guests, including Janina and her husband, Ben. “It’s just amazing. We love the feeling of trying something new something you don’t expect” they say. Actually, the couple confided that they did not even know what country the food was coming from before booking. At this stage, most diners had some idea of what was coming next, but just a little idea. Indeed the starter is a leap into a much wider variety of flavours. FulMadammes: A staple of Arabic countries. Served as three different types of dip; a hummus type made from fava (broad) beans, that have been cooked with garlic, onions and water; a chickpea hummus with smoked aborigine and parsley; and a heavily garlic laden hummus. ‘’We weren’t expecting so many choices!” says Anna. For her husband, Dan, it’s all so addictive, he had to be careful so as to leave some room for the next courses. And he was right to be cautious.

The main dish, Koshary, was an eclectic and savoury mix of rice, basmati, toasted spaghetti, macaroni and lentils; topped with a spicy tomato sauce, chickpeas and crispy fried onions, simply served with roasted sardines which gave a rich oiliness to compliment it all. You can find this dish on most Egyptian high streets as it is considered the national dish. A discovery for Florent (originally from France) who described it as”Très frais,très gouteux et très gourmand!’’ (Very fresh, very tasteful and very gourmet). And it’s not yet over!

For dessert, guests are given two choices. One is a creation from Hamada the chef. A semolina cake, topped with almonds and drenched in cinnamon syrup. The second is a beautifully crafted Baklava: layers of filo pastry sandwiched a curdled cream filling. And to top it all off, once baked, the baklava is cover with shabat – a syrup of sugar, water and lemon – and chopped pistachios! Once  Dan had polished his off he exclaims “What a finish! I could eat more and more of it so I’m glad there isn’t any more left!” Besides, for Dan, there is something great about the evening beyond the food of course: the friendly atmosphere. “Everyone is chatting and getting to know everyone else” he notices. Carol says the same, she loves the communal table setting. “When you go to a restaurant you hardly have this opportunity to meet new people.” Moreover, for her, this event is a fantastic opportunity to support the Oasis Centre.

Myself and all the guests would like to extend our thanks to Hamada who created and cooked the evening’s menu. Hamada is a chef who arrived from Egypt in October 2018 to seek asylum in the UK.

Joseph Oscar Gnagbo

Refugee Peer Buddy Volunteer Opportunity (British Red Cross)

2019-02-26 RD Refugee Support – Peer Buddy Volunteer – FP

Role Description


About the British Red Cross

: Refugee Peer Buddy Volunteer (RS)

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.

 

We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network and we refuse to ignore people in crisis.

About this service

The Red Cross has a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Our Refugee Support work with thousands of beneficiaries every year in around fifty different towns and cities enabling people to draw upon their own strengths to withstand crisis and rebuild their lives.

We support refugees and asylum-seekers in a range of ways, from providing emergency provisions for those facing severe hardship to giving advice on how people can access services to which they are entitled. These services are provided in a safe and welcoming environment. None of this important work would be possible without the skill and enthusiasm of volunteers helping in a variety of ways.

More details of our work with refugees[1] can be found on the Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.uk/refugees

About this role

You will  be working as part of the Family Reunion Integration Service. Family Reunion is a key legal route through which refugees obtain protection in the UK, and this project is the UK’s first national programme providing holistic integration support for reunited families.

As a peer buddy volunteer, you will  be providing orientation, befriending and cultural mediation support to newly arrived refugees.  In this context, cultural mediation involves using your shared lived experience to help facilitate communication and understanding between the newly arrived refugees and the local community/ key services they would be engaging with.

Location: Cardiff, Leeds or Sheffield

Reporting to: Project Coordinator

Hours: Half day once a week

Typical tasks may include:

  • Showing refugees where to find local amenities and how to access services such as healthcare and English classes
  • Providing introduction to community centres, activities and social events
  • Providing befriending support
  • Facilitating communication and understanding between the family member and local community/ services, including providing cultural advice and content were appropriate
  • Identifying and responding appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues with vulnerable clients, including children and vulnerable adults

What we are looking for

You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training will be given for any technical requirements. Also someone who is:

 

  • A good communicator with shared lived experience and understanding about the situation and needs of refugees
  • Knowledgeable about conflict and migration issues and sensitive to cultural issues, including those relating to gender
  • Able to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner
  • Knowledge of local area and confidence to show those newly arrived around
  • Personally resilient as you may need to deal with difficult or challenging situations
  • Able to keep the service user at the heart of what you do, supporting the Red Cross to understand service user needs and the difference our role makes.
  • Able to speak good English; plus knowledge of a foreign language would be useful (particularly one used in the current local refugee population)
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy

What we offer

  • Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities, including British Red Cross intranet site and e-learning facility
  • A full induction, support and supervision throughout your volunteering period
  • Valuable exposure to the work of the Red Cross in the UK and around the world
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty
    • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Additional information

To volunteer for this role you must be aged 18 or over.

Core learning/requirements

Induction

  • Has been introduced to Line Manager and role description discussed
  • Has been given a H&S briefing pertinent to the site they will normally be operating from
  • Has been familiarised with any equipment required to carry out the role
  • Has received any workwear, if required for the role
  • British Red Cross Foundation Course e-module (IN-FCEL)
  • Foundation Course (IN-FC)
  • Safeguarding Awareness E-module for adults and children (SE-SACA-2018)
  • Refugee Support Core Knowledge (SE-RIE) sign off process
  • Local induction including on confidentiality, boundaries and lone working.
  • Providing befriending support

[1] We also work with a smaller number of people other than refugees and asylum-seekers who are vulnerable because of their migration status. However for the sake of brevity we use the terms refugees or asylum-seekers and refugees to encompass this group.

Refugee Peer Educator Volunteer Opportunity (British Red Cross)

2019-02-26 RD Refugee Support – Peer Educator – FP

Role Description

About the British Red Cross

: Refugee Peer Educator (RS)

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.

We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network and we refuse to ignore people in crisis.

About this service

The Red Cross has a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Our Refugee Support work with thousands of beneficiaries every year in around fifty different towns and cities enabling people to draw upon their own strengths to withstand crisis and rebuild their lives.

We support refugees and asylum-seekers in a range of ways, from providing emergency provisions for those facing severe hardship to giving advice on how people can access services to which they are entitled. These services are provided in a safe and welcoming environment. None of this important work would be possible without the skill and enthusiasm of volunteers helping in a variety of ways.

More details of our work with refugees[1] can be found on the Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.uk/refugees

About this role

You would be working as part of the Family Reunion Integration Service. Family Reunion is a key legal route through which refugees obtain protection in the UK, and this project is the UK’s first national programme providing holistic integration support for reunited families.

 

As a Peer Educator Volunteer, you will work as part of a team to co-produce and facilitate a series of life skills education programmes for newly arrived refugees.  You will use your shared lived experience and knowledge to help those newly arrived adjust to life in a new country, offering valuable support and advice to ease the process.

 

Location: Cardiff, Leeds or Sheffield

Reporting to: Project Coordinator

Hours: Three half days a week

Typical tasks may include:

  • Coproducing and facilitating a series of life skills education programmes for newly arrived refugees Providing cultural orientation information, advice and signposting Providing information regarding people’s rights and entitlements in the UK
  • Providing language learning support
  • Collating resources or providing other administrative tasks
  • Identifying and responding appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues with vulnerable clients, including children and vulnerable adults

What we are looking for

  • You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training will be given for any technical requirements. Also, someone who is:
  • An excellent communicator with shared lived experience and understanding of the situation and needs of refugees
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Knowledgeable about conflict and migration issues and sensitive to cultural issues, including those relating to gender
  • Able to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner
  • Personally resilient as you may need to deal with difficult or challenging situations
  • Able to keep the service user at the heart of what you do, supporting the Red Cross to understand service user needs and the difference our role makes.
  • Able to speak good English; plus knowledge of a foreign language would be useful (particularly one used in the current local refugee population)
  • Experience in providing language learning support would be useful
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy

What we offer

  • Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities, including British Red Cross intranet site and e-learning facility
  • A full induction, support and supervision throughout your volunteering period
  • Valuable exposure to the work of the Red Cross in the UK and around the world
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty
  • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Additional information

To volunteer for this role you must be aged 18.

Core learning/requirements

Induction

Has been introduced to Line Manager and role description discussed

 

Has been given a H&S briefing pertinent to the site they will normally be operating from

 

Has been familiarised with any equipment required to carry out the role

 

Has received any workwear, if required for the role

 

British Red Cross Foundation Course e-module (IN-FCEL)

 

Foundation Course (IN-FC)

 

Safeguarding Awareness E-module for adults and children (SE-SACA-2018)

 

Refugee Support Core Knowledge (SE-RIE) sign off process

 

Local induction including on confidentiality, boundaries and lone working.

 

Further development opportunities

Train the Trainer Level 1 and Level 2

[1] We also work with a smaller number of people other than refugees and asylum-seekers who are vulnerable because of their migration status. However for the sake of brevity we use the terms refugees or asylum-seekers and refugees to encompass this group.

Supper Club February 2019 – Discovering the Fried Conger Eel and the Anti-Ageing Soup

The Supper Club held its 4th session on Thursday 28th February. The event was an opportunity for guests to discover Chinese culture and cuisine, and also to meet new people in a relaxed, friendly environment

Enjoyment was clearly visible on the faces. The guests at the 4th session of the Supper Club expressed their pleasure at having shared an “unforgettable” moment of “discovery and friendliness”. Indeed, speaking of discovery, specifically culinary discovery, the fourteen diners effectively tried something different, not what you’d find in a Chinese takeaway! For example, tender, succulent white fish steaks – conger eel nonetheless – flash fried after having been slowly steamed in the oven – glazed with ginger and soy, as part of the main dish. The other curio was a dessert called Tremella and Lotus Seed Soup. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? In any case, Tremella seemed to beg the question of: “What is it?”. Matt, the chef, revealed a whole story of skin care and beauty: “It’s an anti-ageing traditional soup packed with superfoods’’ he explains to the guests who are now starting to recognise some of the ingredients in their dessert cup. Red dates, goji berries, lotus seeds… Still, most of them were yet to figure out the main ingredient: snow fungus! It’s packed with collagen, a protein known for giving structure to your skin, improving its elasticity and moisture and reducing wrinkles. “Good reason to fancy Tremella!’’ someone says, triggering a burst of laughter around the table.

Now on the topic of the friendly atmosphere, here are some reactions from the diners:

Yasmin from Cardiff: “I liked trying different food, I love that this is supporting a cause. I came here with friends and really enjoyed meeting with people. So it’s really, really friendly. I and my husband are planning to come back.”

Sarah from Carmarthen: “Wnes i fwynhau profiad bwyd gwahanol. Twplenni wedi stemio yw fy hoff fwyd.  A wnes i fwynhau r pyscod ynfawr. Wnes i joio cwrdd â phobl newydd, siarad gyda phobl newyyd hefyd a roedd pawb yn hapus i gal sgurs (laughter). Dw i’n mynd i ddod yn ôl yn bendant.”

(I really liked trying different food. The dumplings were my favourite. And I loved the fish. I also liked meeting and speaking with new people and people were happy to chat. I will definitely come back again)

 

Angella from Carmarthen: “Really enjoyed the people, it’s such a diverse community. The chat was very informative and informal at the same time.”

 

Sharlet from Splott, Cardiff: “Everything coming up was a surprise. I also really like the one big table for everybody.”

Shay from Splott: “The supper was great right from start, from the dumplings to the soup. Sharing was great.”

Dan from Roath, Cardiff: “It’s nice to have such excellent Chinese food. The taste was really unique.”

Lia from Roath: “I really liked the mushroom dumplings especially its texture inside. I also loved the dessert because I don’t like things that are too sweet, and it wasn’t. I think it’s probably very good for the stomach. I also liked this room. I find it more intimate than the previous settings and suitable to have a conversation. And it was good company.”

Written by Joesph Gnagbo

Vote For Us! – My Favourite Voucher Codes

The My Favourite Voucher Codes Charity Poll

 

Online money-saving guru, My Favourite Voucher Codes, has invited Oasis Cardiff to take part in their March 2019 charity poll. The major online voucher code and discount supplier prides itself on being able to offer its consumers with the unique opportunity to save money at the same time as raising money for a range of charitable causes.

 

The company has worked with a number of not for profit organisations over the last seven years, and in that time they have managed to raise a staggering £56,000 for charities across the country. They have raised money for the likes of Children in Need, MIND, the Alzheimer’s Society and Whizz Kids. So many different organisations, both big and small, have benefitted from the donations that this company gives. The money helps these charities to raise the vital funds that they need to sufficiently support their causes.

 

How Do they Help Charities to Raise Funds and Awareness?

 

My Favourite Voucher Codes holds a monthly charity poll in which respective organisations get the opportunity to compete for their donation. The donation comprises of 20% of the company’s profits for the given month that the poll is held in. For every discount that is used on the company’s site, they have pledged to give 20% of their commission to worthy causes. Isn’t that wonderful?

 

Each of the three charities has the opportunity to creatively inspire supporter engagement through the act of voting. This could be through face-to-face or digital strategies. This is great for the charities involved as they will not only be in with a chance of winning a donation, but they will simultaneously be raising awareness for their cause too.

 

Ultimately, the charity that has accumulated the most votes will be the winner of the poll and will receive that month’s donation. The charities that aren’t successful are always invited back on a 12-month basis so that they can give it another go the following year!

 

How You Can Help Oasis Cardiff to Win the Donation

 

Oasis Cardiff have now been invited to take part in the My Favourite Voucher Codes March 2019 charity poll. We are delighted to have accepted the invitation and are looking forward to being in with a chance of winning this vital donation.

 

If you would like to support us in our mission to help Asylum Seekers and Refugees as they integrate with our society, then please cast your vote for us in the charity poll.

 

You can vote between the 1st and 31st March, voting is completely free for you to do, and there is no pressure to use the discounts on the site (but if you do then the overall donation will be increased). The poll is on the right-hand side of every page of their site, you really cannot miss it!

 

It only takes a few moments of your time to cast a vote, and the funds that we could get will help us to support both refugees and people in the wider community to integrate better!