Iolanda Banu Viegas

Iolanda Banu Viegas, 46 years old, born in Mozambique, Portuguese, has been living in Wrexham, Wales, UK since 2001.

Iolanda has overcome the challenge of settling in a foreign country and managing a second language. She is dedicated to providing assistance not only to the Portuguese language community in her now home town of Wrexham but to other language and ethnic minority communities in and around the area. The result of this in Wrexham particularly is the acceptance of the Portuguese community into Wrexham’s communities and their positive and inspiring integration. She was the chairperson of CLPW (Comunidade de Língua Portuguesa de Wrexham) from 2013 to 2016, she is Director of CLPW CIC since 2016 and she’s the 3rd sector partnership council representative for North Wales in RCC (Race Council Cymru) since 2015. She’s councillor for the Portuguese Communities in the UK and Ireland. She’s the organiser of Black Lives Matter Wrexham/ Wales & Chair Black History Month in North Wales.

She is now Team Associate from Wrexham for National Theatre Wales.

Since 2019 she has been working as Hate Crime Officer for North Wales (Race Council Cymru) and as Caseworker in the EU Citizens Rights Project for Citizens Advice Flintshire.