you feel disillusioned with Welsh Politics? Would you like to get more
involved in public
life and have an impact on the decisions that are made that affect you
and your communities? EYST Wales is now recruiting for the third round
of the successful BAME Routes to Public Life Mentoring Scheme. Funded by
Welsh Government, the scheme is part of the
All Wales BAME (Black, Asian and ethnic minority) Engagement
Programme. The BAME Routes to Public Life Mentoring Scheme is intended
to help ethnic minority/BAME people to develop political skills and
increase their impact in public life.
The third round of the scheme will run from 23rd September 2020 until 30th March 2021 and will include:
• 1-1 mentoring with highly influential people;
• Bespoke training sessions on political influencing, communications and campaigning at Welsh Government locations;
• A trip to UK Houses of Parliament (virtual or in-person);
• Optional opportunity to help organise or contribute to EYST’s annual conference observing the UN Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The two rounds running in 2019 and 2020 respectively have and had more 50 Mentor/Mentees pairs.
81% of previous mentees felt their understanding of Public and Political Life in Wales and been significantly increased
by attending the program.
63% of previous participants stated the programme had a significant or huge impact on their confidence.
Deputy Minister Jane Hutt states “The Welsh Government is proud to fund the BAME routes to public life mentoring scheme
as part of our Equality and Inclusion Programme.
scheme has delivered excellent results over the past few years;
creating empowering relationships which provide Black,
Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals crucial opportunities to learn,
influence and build networks. There is more work to do to achieve the
representation of BAME people that we need in public life but this
scheme provides a crucial foundation for that work”.
Sudarsan, a law student from Cardiff University took part in a previous
round. Since completing the Mentoring
Programme Nirushan has gone on to become a trustee with Youth Cymru, a
governor of a primary school and is currently working on campaigns for
equality in Wales with Citizens Cymru Wales.
Nirushan says of his experience on the programme: ‘The Mentoring programme, and my mentor the Deputy Minister, has given
me the capacity to believe in myself that I can make a positive change here in Wales whether it is small or big’
Another previous participant Mohammed Alamgir reflects on his experience of the project.
am so grateful this project which gave me access to mentoring that I
would never have received
otherwise. I was matched up with a very high profile public figure and
Assembly Member who was very open to ensuring the project was successful
by making himself very much available to me, having open two dialogue
with me as his mentee and showing me the inner
workings of the Senedd , which I really wanted. He also made
introductions for me which opened up further doors. Following on from
the mentoring scheme, I put myself forward and was successfully elected
Director of Equalities at Plaid Cymru. I recommend the
BAME Routes into Public Life Mentoring Project to anyone and am
forever grateful to EYST for their support’
Wales invites applications from BAME people who have a clear interest
and/or public life and a commitment to their own and other’s
development. We aim to match mentees with mentors who have similar
interests and come from the same geographic area.
To apply, please take a few moments to complete this survey by 7th August:
The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 7th August. We will notify you by early September if you have been
accepted into the project and matched with a mentor.
There will be a chance to find out more at an online Interest Afternoon session on Tuesday 28th July 3-4pm, where
previous mentees and coordinators will be on hand to answer your questions
For questions or to register for the interest afternoon please contact Emily Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org or