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Lack of financial support forces equality charity to close

A race equality charity that was once directed by politician Ron Davies will close due to funding constraints.

Valleys Race Equality Council (Valrec), located in Abercynon, will stop all of its operations effective April 30, 2015 as revealed by a letter that its incumbent chief executive Elaine Clayton recently sent to the charity’s partners.

Established in 1997, Valleys Race Equality Council was created in order to respond to the increasing incidents of racial discrimination directed at black and ethnic minorities in the area. The original purpose of the charity was to render support to victims of discrimination as well as crime. Eventually, it widened its scope of support to include community development activities.

Ron Davies, who was the former Secretary of State for Wales during Tony Blair’s first term, served as the charity’s head starting 2003.

Ms.Clayton said in her letter, which was published in Wales Online last April 15, that a staff of the charity will go on to deliver hate crime as well as advocacy project activities in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly,Torfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Merthyr Tydfil. However, Clayton said that such services will be carried in the future through Race Equality First in Cardiff.

The charity has exerted all possible efforts to secure funding for its long-term viability, but Clayton said that their attempts yielded no fruits.

Clayton said: “This is a very difficult time for all those who have been involved with Valrec and the concern now is for the hundreds of people we have worked with in your areas and how they will be protected and supported moving forward.”


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