Salah with his Welsh Refugee Council work colleagues at the Welsh Charity Awards 2023

Leadership bursary winner announced

Published : 16/11/23 | Categories: News |

Each year the Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary grants £2,500 to a leader in the voluntary sector in Wales, find out who will receive this year’s award.

Feature image: Salah (middle left) with Welsh Refugee Council colleagues at the 2023 Welsh Charity Awards in Cardiff.

The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary helps leaders in the voluntary sector to develop their leadership skills. Each year the bursary provides a £2,500 grant to someone in a leadership role within a voluntary organisation in Wales.

The bursary is managed by our Social Investment Cymru team and since 2017 has funded:

  • A study visit to Copenhagen for lessons on sustainable transport
  • A study visit to Copenhagen for lessons on sustainable transport
  • A community gardening learning exchange in Montreal
  • Network building and information sharing in the arts sector
  • Several leadership development courses such as the Enterprising Leaders course with Social Enterprise Academy Cymru
  • A game-changing trip to Hollywood for inclusive film charity, TAPE Community Music and Film


The 2023 Walter Dickie Bursary has been awarded to Salah Rasool of Welsh Refugee Council. Many congratulations Salah!

Salah will use the bursary to pay for a study trip to Canada, held globally as a model of good practice for its work with refugees. Here he will learn first-hand about refugee employment services and about work to influence government policy.

Salah will apply learning from his experiences in Canada to his leadership role at Welsh Refugee Council, but also share his finding with partners in the refugee sector and with the wider voluntary sector.


Salah is part of the Senior Management Team at Welsh Refugee Council and chairs the Welsh Refugee Coalition and Kurdish All Wales Association.

A refugee himself, Salah knows that refugees have so much to offer, but the employment support systems in the UK too often do not offer the kind of support needed by refugees. Salah intends to use the bursary as an opportunity to develop learning and knowledge around innovative approaches to refugee employment.

Salah will visit successful refugee employment schemes in Canada to hear about good practice, speaking with those running the services, but also with the refugees that have received support. Salah is clear it’s key that the voices of those with experience of being a refugee are central to any approaches that are developed.

Salah said:

‘I am delighted to receive this award and I am very excited to have this great opportunity to enhance my knowledge and experience on a global level which I then hope to share in Wales and sincerely hope it will benefit the future of refugee employment opportunities in Wales.’


To find out more about the scheme please visit our Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary page.

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