Advisory Board (Wales)
My name is Tayera Khan I have been working with NWREN North Wales Regional Equality Network since March 2014 on the Hate Crime Project for North Wales. My role is Outreach Officer for North Wales. I have supported victims of hate crime, raised awareness, and reported incidents/crimes to the police. I successfully delivered over 70 Hate Crime sessions/Presentations/Events to various Organisations including the Public and voluntary Sector in North Wales.
I have qualifications/training in ILEX Course, Legal Secretary for 13 years, Counselling Course Level 2 & 3, and ILM Level 2 & 3. I have volunteered for NSPCC Children Schools Service , RASA Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, North Wales supporting victims and Initial meetings. I have been on the Ambassador Panel for Karma Nirvana organisations that supports victims of forced marriages and honour abuse violence. I have started my own campaign on forced marriages and have been raising awareness, educating and sharing information over the past 5 years. I can speak fluent, Pashto Welsh and English, and have also learnt Urdu.
Gareth Cuerden is the All Wales Hate Crime Manager with Victim Support, who manages the National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre Wales; which acts as the Official Third Party Reporting mechanism in Wales.
Prior to Victim Support, Gareth was the Equality and Diversity Manager at Cardiff Council; who brought in a revised Dignity at Work Policy and clear reasonable adjustments process for staff. Gareth has also worked as the PREVENT and Human Trafficking Lead within Rhondda Cynon Taf, whilst working as the Community Cohesion Strategy Officer, with a key aim to tackle hate crime and increase knowledge of other faiths across all communities in the Borough; which led to a ‘Faith Matters’ project that connected a Church and a Mosque through a virtual platform.
Gareth is in the second year of his PHD which primarily looks at Hate Crime Reporting and how to increase the reported levels of hate within Wales; by using his role at Victim Support Gareth has been able to implement some hypothesis using Wales as a test-bed, and has assisted in over 135 victims reporting hate crimes directly to the National Hate Crime Service in Wales.
Subina Begum is from Newport, South Wales, a city she has lived in all her life. She is currently studying a BSc (Hons) degree in Social Work, and hoping to pursue a career as a qualified social worker.
Subina has been involved in many different charitable and voluntary organisations in Newport and other cities such as Cardiff and Gloucester. She has volunteered in charity shops and has fund raised for UK charities, performing roles such as raising awareness of the causes they were fundraising for and carry out city centre and street collections. She has also taken part in ISoc (Islamic Student Society) events in university where her role was to raise awareness of cultural and religious diversity. She volunteered as a befriender for an organisation which looks to support Muslims and the BME (black minority ethnic) communities that have mental health difficulties. Most recently, through Cromen Werdd (Green Dome) she has been involved in facilitating classes on Islam to bring mainstream Muslim scholars to Newport to meet a demand. Cromen Werdd is one of the founder organisations of the Alliance for Peace and the Middle Path (CYLCH), a consortium of five Welsh Muslim organisations formed in 2013 to promote the balanced, middle path of Islam.