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The Inform Young Refugees project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Wales and commenced 1 March 2020. There are countless individuals who are either refugees or asylum seekers, whose first language is not English. They require varied support, from information on where they can find certain supplies, to what they are allowed to do. 

To meet the needs of these people the centre will be open throughout the week to provide support necessary to help individuals integrate into a new society. 

Swansea Self-Employment Inclusion Network

The project targeted unemployed individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds. It offered services in providing workshops on business development, engagement opportunities with business mentors, volunteering, networking and skills sessions, to help with business plans and financial advice.

Childminding Business Support

CAE worked together with the Family information service from Swansea council and PACEY Cymru. Service users were either assisted in becoming registered childminders or in setting up their own childminding business, kids’ clubs and play centres. They were supported by giving them access to information and training.

A Step towards Sustainable Employment

This project helped participants from the African community in Cardiff overcome their employment barriers, and increase their employability by learning and practicing essential skills required at work. It provided accredited training course, and employment support and development to economically inactive and long term unemployed people from the African community. 

 

We offered:

  • Digital literacy and confidence building.

  • Diversity and environmental awareness training. 

  • Managing your finances.

  • Coaching and mentoring.

  • Job interview skills training and CV development.

The project was supported by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government.

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Youth Entrepreneurs Network

This project is being supported by the Community Fund and commenced in October 2018. It provides a building platform for young people interested in entrepreneurship, in Swansea.

 

Our aim is to support our service users and connect them to each other, opening new doors of opportunity and improving their access to certain tools they need for success.

New Leaf

This project worked with ethnically diverse ex-offenders in Swansea and surrounding areas. 

We supported individuals to reintegrate into the community by providing a supportive network and provide access to work and volunteer opportunities. 

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Refugee Housing Support

This project was for the benefit of vulnerable refugees who: 

  • Are at risk of destitution

  • Are facing challenges with their living situation

  • Need to know what benefits they are entitled to, or 

  • Need support in understanding their bills.

With support and cooperation from private landlords and housing associations, we were able to assist vulnerable refugees to secure comfortable housing.

Refugee Women Empowerment

This project was open to people from Ethnically diverse backgrounds, people from jobless households, with low skills or those with a work limiting health condition and/or disability, or people who have been unemployed or more than 12 months.

We provided 275 one to one services successfully and helped individuals gain employment, access to training and certification. 

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Catering Jobs

This was the hub of all catering opportunities in and around Swansea.

Beneficiaries also received emotional and wellbeing support.

Africa Needs More Entrepreneurs.
The CAE currently  works with local partners in DR Congo, Uganda, and in South Africa  to find solutions that would reduce poverty through social enterprise 

Business Training & Support: Empower the African Community

This big lottery-funded project has delivered training courses on communication skills for business and starting a business, in partnership with Cardiff University, Business In Focus, WCVA and Business Wales.

 

This project gave participants, who came from disadvantaged ethnically diverse backgrounds, a familiarity with the 'entrepreneurial mindset' and a set of practical tools that they can use to help ensure that their enterprise ideas are viable, and developed and managed in ways most likely to lead to resilience and success.