Inspiring and supporting African & Ethnic minority communities to succeed through enterprise

THE CEO'S MESSAGE

 

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 BAME 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 BAME 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 BAME 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 BAME 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
The CAE

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 BAME communities in Wales. We are a community centre that aims to inspire, support and promote disadvantaged BAME communities.

 

Our work tackles poverty, inequality, and the issues and challenges faced by BAME 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 BAME 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. 

 

If you are a young person aged 18 to 24, or an  adult over 25 who is long term-unemployed, we can provide you with a supportive platform.  As an aspiring entrepreneur, we will connect you with local active entrepreneurs to form a network where you can thrive by learning from each other.

Vision

To create a VIBRANT BAME community where the

most vulnerable and marginalised people are

inspired and empowered. 

We provide employment assistance and volunteering opportunities

We campaign to encourage more BAME individuals to become entrepreneurs

We provide 

entrepreneurial services

at The Centre

We provide guidance and support for BAME entrepreneurs

Mission

To tackle problems of inequality and poverty by

enabling BAME individuals through enterprise and employment.

OUR VALUES

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. 

Passionate

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. 

Relational

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.

Empowering

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.

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Registered Charity Number 1163348 (England & Wales)