Learn, reflect and be you

Our equality, diversity and inclusion virtual roadshow took place 4 – 8 April.

You can catch up with the recordings from our live sessions and also explore a range of information and resources below.

Watch the session recordings from our virtual roadshow week

Mymuma Soleman

Privilege Café

Abdi Segulle and Moawia Bin-Sufyan

Improving Board diversity in Wales

Katie Cornhill

Gender identity and inclusion awareness

Andrew Tamplin

Mental health inclusion in the workplace

Alecs Donovan

Gender equality in sport

              About our speakers

Mymuna Soleman

Mymuna Soleman

Privilege Café

Mymuna will be sharing with us why she set up the Privilege Café, how it’s developed and the impact it’s had.  She will also discuss white privilege, what is means, how it impacts on everyone’s lives and what we can do about it.

More about Mymuna

Mymuna is Somali-Welsh graduate from Cardiff Metropolitan University completing both her degrees, a BSc in Health and Social Care and an MSc in Applied Public Health in 2014 and 2016. Mymuna is an activist, a poet and community champion for all issues relating to equality, diversity, race and white privilege and how people can use their privilege for good.

More recently Mymuna founded the Privilege cafe, an important and timely virtual space where marginalised voices are welcomed, included, respected, and listened to.

Abdi Segulle and Moawia Bin-Sufyan

Abdi Segulle and Moawia Bin-Sufyan

Improving Board diversity in Wales

Abdi will be talking about the Pathways to Board programme which has been recently launched by a group of housing associations, including Hafod.

Hafod Board member, Moawia, will be sharing the benefit of his experience in a variety of roles in private, public and voluntary sector organisations from Director to Trustee.

More about Abdi

Abdi is Programme Manager for the Pathway to Board Project and has a background in Housing, and has worked in social housing for over 19 years. He is currently a board member at Community Housing Cymru (CHC) and ITV Wales Diversity and Inclusion Panel. Abdi has also managed Red Sea House for over 17 years and has experience in community engagement and supported housing.

He is a member of the Somali community Group and a founding member of Somali Youth Association (SoYA).

More about Moawia

Moawia recently joined our Hafod Board and has a wealth of senior experience in housing, investments, social care, criminal justice and education spanning nearly 20 years. Currently, he is an Investments Director and is also a Regional Co-ordinator (Wales) for Care after Combat.

Moawia also holds a number of non-executive director and public appointment roles including Senior Independent Panel Member for Welsh Government and Council member for the Community Health Council South Glamorgan.

Katie Cornhill

Katie Cornhill

Gender identity and inclusion awareness

Katie, an inspiring role model and non-cisgender fire fighter who previously served as a Royal Marine, will be talking to us about non-cisgender identities including but not limited to those that identify as transgender.

More about Katie

Katie is an inspiring role model and female fire fighter who has a non-cisgender history. She previously served as a Royal Marine and champions all non-cisgender and non-heterosexual identities. Katie has been nominated for service women of the year awards and has on several occasions spoken publicly both on local and national television about her passions in relation to inclusion.

Andrew Tamplin

Andrew Tamplin

Mental health inclusion in the workplace

Andrew will be talking about workplace well-being, tackling stigma and normalising conversations about mental health in order to create well, engaged workplaces. Andrew will share his own personal experiences to bring the subject to life.

More about Andrew

Andrew Tamplin created Canna Consulting following his own mental health challenges. Canna Consulting is all about workplace well-being; tackling stigma, normalising conversations and creating well, engaged workplaces.

Alecs Donovan

Alecs Donovan

Gender equality in sport

Yoga entrepreneur and former Welsh international female rugby player, Alecs will be sharing her journey to becoming an international player, the challenges she faced along the way and how the pressure of being a woman in a male-dominated sport affects mental health and personal resilience.

More about Alecs

Alecs is a former Welsh international women’s rugby player, advocate for women and women’s rugby, and also a business woman who bridged per passion for high impact sport through launching a yoga business where she continues to work closely with elite athletes.

What will you pledge to do?

We’re encouraging colleagues to show their support for equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and our communities by making a pledge.

You can pledge to take action about whatever you like. Here are a few ideas:

In January 2020, Chris was diagnosed with severe depression and shared his experience with colleagues via a blog on Hoogle. Chris’ story is still relevant today and he wants to remind others that help and support is available.

Hi all,

I wanted to share with you a personal issue I have been dealing with. I’m not posting this looking for sympathy or pity. I just hope this blog may help others in a similar situation to reach out and get the support they may need.

I’m sure a number of you based at St Hilary Court noticed that I was not around for most of January / February 2020. In January I was diagnosed with severe depression, receiving this diagnosis brought me great feelings of shame and fear but strangely enough, also relief.  I had finally been able to make sense of why I was feeling the way I had been.

It’s likely I had been suffering from depression for some time. One thing I am learning is that depression is not a life sentence. It is something that can be beaten!

Depression, can (certainly in my case) be the face of someone who is smiling, telling jokes and happy, which I am quite often. I have a family, a good job with great colleagues and I am alive so why would I be depressed?

The scariest thing I found about suffering from a mental illness is the effect it was having on every aspect of my life; it’s not just what’s inside your head. For me, suffering from depression became debilitating as I couldn’t find happiness in the little things I used to enjoy doing. I’m not ashamed to say that depression would often cause me to sit in my house and cry, usually for no reason at all.  Depression has a way of replacing your confidence with pure anxiety and self-hatred.

At my worst, I didn’t want to get out of bed, I didn’t want to socialise with friends, daily routines became unbearable. There came a time when I questioned my existence in life; was I a burden? Was I even worth having around? What did I bring to life in general?

It’s often hard to tell if a person is depressed unless they break down in front of you or manage to tell you themselves. One of the hardest things is to talk to people when you don’t know what reaction you will get. Depression is not like a broken arm or a cut and it’s hard to say how bad it is if you can’t see the wound.

Depression doesn’t just disappear; people don’t suddenly wake up and decide not to feel hopeless. But there is help, which is available and waiting for anyone who needs it.

When I finally opened up and admitted I had a problem, I was astounded by the level of support, love and friendship given to me. My initial thoughts of embarrassment and of feeling ashamed quickly disappeared. After all, if you break an arm or pull a muscle, you get it fixed. The mind is no different!

I am now well and truly back on the road to being myself again. I’m not naïve enough to think I will never encounter testing times throughout my life again. My mental health and well-being is a big part of who I am and I am learning to embrace the real me. I do know that no one has to suffer in silence and as mentioned previously, help is available.

The smiles will return, real smiles, without pretension and heartache. You will be happy!

If you know someone who’s going through a difficult time….If you have even the slightest doubt. Please, reach out, it may be the best thing you ever do.

If anyone would like to have a chat or wishes to know any more about my experiences, please feel free to contact me. There is also a wide range of support available at work, through our employee assistance programme, which I found great.

Stay strong all!

Chris Davies, Performance Manager

Colleagues can access a range of confidential help, support and advice 24/7 as part of their Medicash plan, our well-being medical health benefit.

To remind yourself about everything that’s included with your plan, visit Hafod.org.uk/medicash

For anyone who opted out of receiving Medicash cover and would like to re-join, please contact HR.Admin@hafod.org.uk.

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