Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales
Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales (EYST) was set up in 2005 by a group of ethnic minority young people in Swansea. It aimed to fill a gap in provision for young BME people aged 11-25 by providing a targeted, culturally sensitive and holistic support service to meet their needs.
Since then, EYST has expanded its mission and vision to also meet the needs of BME young people, families and individuals including refugees and asylum-seekers living in Wales. It does this through the provision of a wide range of services including education, employment, health, family support and community safety. We also aim to challenge and counter negative stereotypes about ethnic diversity and to increase awareness and understanding about the diverse communities who live in Wales, improving community cohesion.
Thanks to funding from a range of funders, EYST now employs a team of 35 staff, based across Wales in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Wrexham. We also have an active and growing volunteer team of over 100 volunteers.
EYST is award-winning and recent National awards include the top prize of ‘Most Admired Organisation’ in the WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) Third Sector Awards Cymru in 2015, ‘Best Third Sector Employer’ in Chwarae Teg’s (a Gender Equality Organisation) Womenspire Awards in 2016. We also achieved the prestigious Investors in Volunteers Award in 2015, and CWVYS’ (Council of Wales Voluntary Youth Services) Quality Mark for Workforce Development.
EYST provides training & consultancy to a wide range of organisations and also provides training services for individuals and young people. EYST is a registered Charity No. 1152486 and a Company Limited by Guarantee Reg. No. 6709767.
Support, including training and one-to-one support to engage BME people in the Healthy City Agenda
We provide support to BME Children and Young People facing cultural confict issues
One to one or group based work with young people to challenge racist and far right extremist views and ideology through education
Support for BME young people aged 11 to 25 and their families
Support to BME young Female to raise their educational and career aspirations
Monthly Youth Club for Young People with Mixed Abilities including Physical and Learning Disabilities
Drop-in Advice and Support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Swansea
Training Courses and Awareness Sessions for Professionals and Young People on topics including: Racism, Islamophobia, Diversity, Refugee ' Asylum, Forced Marriage, Challenging Extremism, etc.
Volunteering Opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, etc..
ABMU funded project looking to support carers living in the Western bay area from minority ethnic backgrounds who are caring for a family member or friend.