What is it?

The BME Skills Project is a 3 year project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund in Wales. It is a partnership between the Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team (EYST), Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC), Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) and the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW). The project is funded until December 2020.

What the project offers:

The BME Skills Project offers help to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community groups and organisations to improve and develop, by bringing the skills and experience of BME professionals, students and graduates in the public, private and academic sectors, to become Volunteer Mentors and potentially as trustees.

How the project works:

Project Officers will provide ongoing support (up to 9 months) to BME community groups and organisations to complete an organisational health check using the PQASSO Essentials toolkit. The toolkit is recognised by funders and is free for groups to access. The toolkit is a self-assessment process featuring a series of 10 questions/domains for organisations to work through, identify areas of need and develop actions. The toolkit encourages organisations to establish solid foundations from which they can continue to develop and grow.

The BME Skills Project will recruit a diverse range of individuals with skills and experience in the public, private and academic sector (professionals, graduates and students) who will provide help and assistance as Volunteer Mentors (21 hours, over a period of up to 6 months). Volunteer Mentors will be matched to BME community groups and organisations according to their skills, experience/expertise and interests. 


The are project covers, Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham. There are Project Officers based within C3SC. SCVS and AVOW. 

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