In the community spirit of solidarity, locals, activists, and allies swiftly set up fundraisers and petitions to help a grief-stricken family, fight a crusading cause – or to simply just show some solid support for those floored by fate.
Find out how you can help here:
Have the council refurbish the Richard Taylor skate park
The Richard Taylor Skate Park has become dilapidated and dangerous. It was built to commemorate the life of Richard Taylor who was a Welsh inline skating and freestyle skiing champion from Barry who passed away in 2004.
His parents Gaynor and the now late John Taylor set up the Richard Taylor Memorial Fund to raise funds to have the Skatepark at the Knap, Barry upgraded and dedicated to his memory. The community came together and the money was raised. It is still loved and used by many skating enthusiasts.
After many years of use it is falling into disrepair and the equipment desperately needs refurbishment or replacement as it is now clearly becoming hazardous. To leave the park to decay dishonours Richard and the work his family and the community put in to the original campaign to have it upgraded.
If you agree that the council should make the park safe by way of replacement or refurbishment of the equipment too please sign and share this petition.
Donate to Mind in memory of Lee Clements
Our town’s community has been rocked, and many families torn apart, by the spate suicides over the last few years.
This includes Chae Degaetano, seven young local lads who took their lives within nearly as many months – including Samuel Uphill, talented tattooist Lee Clements, popular local woman Sian Lewis, and many more who have found themselves in the deepest and darkest places.
Many families and friends of these much-missed loved ones, support Mind, and ask for donations in memory of those they have lost so the mental health charity can be there for everyone who needs them.
CUBE, a collective of residents are campaigning to fund a permanent place that provides a series of services, including suicide support, for our community. They have come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health , suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substance misuse.
Many of them have lived-in experiences of dealing with services, some of them have been supported in the past by other agencies, and others have been instrumental in setting up groups within Barry to help.
Thanks for being a huge part of the mrssvj.co.uk story too, and good luck with the rest of your journey – Rachel, Gobaith, and CUBE.
Penally Welcome Packs
Asylum seekers leaving the “inhumane” conditions at the Penally ex-military camp in West Wales are being given welcome packs by Stand Up to Racism-Vale. The first five packs have already been issued and there will be growing need as a steady stream of men leave the camp.
The packs have been welcomed by the asylum seekers from Penally who have next to nothing. Each welcome pack contains a hat, socks, gloves, scarf/bandana, towels, deodorant, razors, shave gel, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste.It would be amazing if people could donate any of the above — apart from deodorant and soap (we have plenty of these for the moment) — for people in real need.
A donation of a single item will be really welcomed There is also a need for good condition clothing and footwear.
Please message us for or more information and details of the drop off point.
Contact the Penally Support Group here.
Help Mohamud Hassan get the justice he deserves
Mohamud Hassan, 24, was arrested in his Cardiff home on Friday 8th January under the most violent of circumstances. Twenty South Wales police officers removed all occupants from the residence leaving Mohamud alone.
We are attempting to raise money for funeral arrangements and legal fees. A case has been opened however to ensure justice we are also looking into opening a private case of our own.
BLM (Cardiff) have set up a Link Tree for the Mohamud Hassan Campaign.
This includes Mahamud Hassan Fundraiser, Justice4Mahamud Petition, Lee Jasper Blog, Body Cam Footage Police Petition, and a Welsh Media Report, all in one place.
On 17 February 2021, Mouayed Bashir, a 29-year old Sudanese man died after being forcibly restrained by Gwent Police at his home in Newport, South Wales.
Police arrived at Mouayed’s home after his parents called 999 when he began to experience a mental health crisis. Several vehicles and a large number of police officers attended the property.
Although not under arrest, he was placed in handcuffs and leg restraints, and subsequently died.
The family want to find out how he died, and why Gwent Police behaved like this. Then they will take action.
Justice for Christopher Kapessa
Christopher’s body was found in the River Cynon, on 1 July 2019, after he and others were out by the river. An initial investigation by SWP concluded that Christopher’s death was as a result of a ‘tragic accident’.
After concerns were raised, the force’s major crime investigation team was brought in. On 19 February 2020, the CPS wrote to the family stating that there was sufficient evidence to support a charge of manslaughter but that a prosecution was not in the public interest.
The family wants the CPS decision reviewed but needs £10,000 for legal fees to get started, and more later to proceed.
Thank you for your support & donations to assist the family of Christopher get justice.
Support the Justice for Christopher Kapessa Campaign here.
On 25 May 2019, what started as a joyous bank holiday for Siyanda ended as a nightmare and changed her life forever. Without any provocation, Siyanda was racially abused and physically assaulted by adults much older than her.
Siyanda and her family expected the police to investigate the incident thoroughly but what they experienced was a litany of failures. To their horror Siyanda who has disabilities, was arrested and then charged with GBH, and she was convicted and sentenced to four and half years on 13 March 2020.
An appeal was dismissed by a single Judge. An onward right of appeal to the Court of Appeal has now been lodged and representation has been secured by Siyanda’s new legal defence team Virgo Consultancy Services Ltd who have retained Michael Mansfield QC to advocate on behalf of Siyanda at her appeal.
The national campaign ‘Free Siyanda‘, was launched to right the wrong and ensure that justice prevails in this case.
Thank you all who have donated, shared, and supported.
Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.
#CommSpirit is where Sue, mixes up news and views to showcase some of the movers and shakers in our communities. And promotes those lush locals who are putting our very own stomping ground firmly on the map.