BME Children & Young People

Support for BME Children & Young People

If you are a child or young person from a minority ethnic background, you probably have the same needs as any other child or young person, just with a few extra dimensions!

E.g. your parents might not speak very good English or Welsh, so they may struggle to help you with your schoolwork; you might be finding it hard to make friends in school, or may experience racism or bullying in school or in college; or you may be having lots of arguments with your parents about what you should wear, where you are allowed to go and so on…

In EYST we have a team of trained and experienced youth workers who are also from diverse minority backgrounds themselves, meaning that they will understand what you are going through, and will have the skills to support you through it. Our youth workers currently work in most of the secondary schools in Swansea and many of those in Cardiff – so if you ask your teachers if you could speak to an EYST member of staff they should be able to let you know how and where to reach us. Or, you could simply email and we will get back to you very quickly.

In Swansea, we have a Youth Drop In Centre which is open Monday to Friday from 3pm to 6pm.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays are Boys only Nights; Wednesdays and Thursdays are Mixed; Fridays are Girls only Nights. Here you can come drop in at any time, have a game of pool, table-tennis or use our IT suite, all in a safe, accessible and welcoming environment, supervised by our team of qualified youth workers. Our premises in Swansea are fully wheel-chair accessible.
  • On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday any young person aged between 10 to 25 can attend. On Wednesday any young person between 10 to 18 can attend. We welcome any young person regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexuality or ability. 
  • We regularly host workshops delivered by external service providers such as the Police, Fire Service, Universities etc on specific topics of interest. 
  • We offer a minibus pick up service from some schools – talk to your teacher to ask if this is available in your school. 
  • We organise trips, activities and a range of opportunities to get involved in our different projects including our Belonging Project, Young Migrant & Welsh Project; BME Sports Cymru project; and more.

In Cardiff, our youth workers undertake:

  • Street based and community outreach and deliver group workshop sessions at Butetown Youth Pavillion, Grangetown Pavilion & Riverside Warehouse, amongst others.
  • We also run a Homework Club offering free one-to-one tuition by volunteers – in partnership with SEF Cymru. Pop in to our offices in Butetown to discuss.

If you have something specific you would like help with, our youth workers also offer one-to-one mentoring & support and help with a range of issues including:

  • Bullying, Racism & Discrimination
  • Family problems & Cultural Conflict
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Education, Volunteering, Employment & Training
  • Extremism & Exploitation
  • Appropriate Adult support in Criminal Justice cases

To access any of the above email and we will get back to you very quickly.