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Inspiring and supporting ethnically diverse communities to succeed through enterprise



Welcome to The CAE!

As you navigate our website, I hope you learn more about the qualities

that make our organisation an outstanding provider of essential employability

support services for ethnically diverse people and a wonderful place to build

self-confidence and self-esteem.

We provide services with a human touch.

We have earned the trust and respect of the ethnically diverse community for one simple

reason—we have great staff and volunteers. They are experts in their fields. They

bring a strong service ethos to everything they do. They take pride and ownership in

the jobs they do. We bring passion, pride and experience together.

We make a positive difference in people’s lives.

At the CAE, we have earned a reputation for helping our service-users to transform the way in which vulnerable people access employability and wellbeing support. We are the specialist employability support provider for ethnically diverse people in Wales, and we mainly offer two community-based programmes: Employability support for long term unemployed over 25; and entrepreneurship network support for young people aged 18 to 30.

We have a service-user first philosophy.

Our approach consist of working at a grassroots level in the ethnically diverse and refugees communities and we are in constant communication with the members of these communities. We are engaged with different community groups, churches and ethnic associations in Swansea. Our methods ensures service-users are supported, empowered and achieve their goals.


We live out our values.

The CAE’s organisational culture is defined by a simple set of values that define how we operate every single day – Highly competent, Relational, Empowering, and Passionate. They reflect how we interact with our service-users, our colleagues, our partners, and our communities. We hold each other accountable for creating an organisation we can all be proud to work at.

I hope this provides you with a few reasons to get to know The CAE better. Whether you are a potential service-user, a partner, a funder, a donor, a future volunteer or a future employee, we look forward to finding out how we can work together to bring about social change.

Franck Banza
Chief Executive Officer

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Created in 2015, The CAE initially aimed to fill a gap in provision for people from African background. Since then, The CAE has expanded its mission and vision to also meet the needs of all ethnically diverse communities in Wales. We are a community centre that aims to inspire, support and promote disadvantaged ethnically diverse communities.


Our work tackles poverty, inequality, and the issues and challenges faced by ethnically diverse people in Swansea and Wales. We have experience delivering a range of successful projects locally, providing practical and easily accessible training for disadvantaged people from ethnically diverse background, addressing the specific day-to-day challenges that this group faces. We provide cultural resources and opportunity structures that facilitate access to business opportunities for disadvantaged people. 


To create a VIBRANT ethnically diverse community where the
most vulnerable and marginalised people are
inspired and empowered. 


To tackle problems of inequality and poverty by

enabling ethnically diverse individuals through enterprise and employment.


Highly competent

We seek to be catalysts of change to make the most significant positive impact with the limited resources available. This means that we are strategic in how we use our resources, limiting ourselves to addressing a few priority issues and those in greatest need. We also ensure accountability in how the resources are used. 


We are passionate about those we work for and passionate in all we do. We seek to be creative and imaginative in finding sustainable solutions to addressing issues of poverty and injustice.


We recognise the importance of good relationships and strong, mutually beneficial partnerships. We seek to put those we are serving first while being humble and learning from others.


We seek to strengthen the capacities and address the vulnerabilities  of those we serve. This also includes encouraging development of skills and access to resources for self-sufficiency. 

Special Thanks To Our Funders

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Special Thanks To Our Partners

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