About Us

Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team 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 children and 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. This is achieved through training & consultancy. Our Team has extensive experience in delivering awareness sessions to a wide range of organisations, individuals and young people.

Thanks to a range of funders, EYST now employs a team of over 70 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 the proud recipient of the following awards:

- Top prize for 'Most Admired Organisation' in the WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) Third Sector Awards Cymru in 2015
- Investors in Volunteers Award in 2015
- 'Best Third Sector Employer' in Chwarae Teg's Womenspire Awards in 2016
- CWVYS' (Council of Wales Voluntary Youth Services) Quality Mark for Workforce Development
- The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award in 2022

EYST is a registered Charity No.1152486 and a Company Limited by Guarantee Reg. No. 6709767.

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Complaints Procedure 

EYST aims to provide high quality services that meet your needs. We believe we achieve this most of the time; however, if we are not getting it right, please let us know. 

You can highlight your concern informally to a member of our Team. If you would like to highlight your concerns in writing, please complete the form below and EYST will respond in line with our Complaints Policy


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