About Us


Race Equality First (REF) was originally set up by members of the local community in 1976 to work towards the principal of equality and creating a fair and just society. REF is now the only Race Equality Council in Wales with the specific remit to address racial equality and we are one of the four remaining Race Equality Councils in the UK.

Our Vision

A society where all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race or any other characteristic they may possess.

Our Mission

To provide support, advice, leadership and an influential voice for people who face discrimination, harassment, hate crime and disadvantage.

Our Aims

  • To work towards the elimination of racial discrimination

  • To promote equality of opportunity across all protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010

  • To promote good relations between persons of different racial groups

Our Values

Our five vales provide a framework for how we operate at Race Equality First. They guide us in everything we do from key business decisions to our daily work.

  • Diversity

  • Integrity

  • Accountability

  • Fairness

  • Honesty