– HISTORY & BACKGROUND –
Women Connect First was established on 1 March 2001, St. David’s Day, to empower Black & Minority Ethnic Women in Cardiff and South East Wales by offering a range of services and training in order to improve their livelihoods and employability. The organisation has moved on since and has expanded its services.
At present we cater for a wider client group and offer a range of services including advice, advocacy, counselling, and a wide range of training programmes and volunteering opportunities amongst others. WCF targets, in particular, disadvantaged, isolated and marginalised Black and Minority Ethnic women, who are experiencing multiple layers of depravation, discrimination and exclusion in accessing services and employment.
Our mission is to empower and improve the lives of disadvantaged BME women and communities in South Wales, to help them realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to Welsh society.
THE ORGANISATION’S AIMS:
- To promote Social Justice, Gender and racial equality.
- To offer a holistic service that embraces the diversity of our participants.
- To maximise the participation of vulnerable and marginalised people, especially BME women by tackling the barriers they face and enhancing their opportunities of training, and employment.
- To raise awareness of the needs of BME communities, especially women amongst service providers and policy-makers.