The All Wales BAME Engagement Programme is a 3 year BAME engagement project, funded by Welsh Government. Working with partners and other stakeholders, EYST will gather views and experiences to create an evidence base from which to positively influence Welsh Government policies and public services to better reflect and respond to the needs of BAME communities, in support of Welsh Government’s Strategic Equality Plan. The programme will also provide advice surgeries in every local authority area through BAME champion organisations, aiming to ensure equitable access to rights and entitlements for BAME people in Wales. The project employs Regional Coordinators based in Newport, Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham to engage with BAME individuals, groups and organisations across Wales. Via this programme, EYST is the Welsh Government appointed Lead Body for Race in Wales.
The programme is led by a Policy & Research lead, working with a team of regional coordinators based respectively in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Wrexham who coordinate quarterly regional network meetings to gather key stakeholders together to discuss and prioritize issues affecting BME people, and press for change. We will also work with partners to organise monthly advice surgeries in every local authority in Wales, offering BME people a key point of contact and signposting. The project will seek to identify opportunities for collaboration with other race-relevant organisations, in order to add value and amplify the voices of BAME people to influence change. We will also collate and share evidence of the key needs and issues affecting BAME people in Wales, and seek to positively influence policy and practice in Wales.
We seek to engage with a wide range of stakeholders involved in race issues across Wales, from individuals to community groups and organisations, as well as mainstream partners from across the public, private and third sectors.
Across Wales, with project officers based in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea & Wrexham.