A unique pop-up community café and one stop shop has opened in Gorseinon to help members of the local community with a whole range of issues.
The new facility, which opens every Wednesday from 1-3pm at Ty Newydd in West Street, Gorseinon, is backed by local Labour Party activists and Local Area Coordinator Ronan Ruddy, among others, and is designed to cater for the whole community.
People will not only be able to socialise but the pop-up community café offers access to a number of free services, such as employment support, legal advice, benefits and welfare advice and volunteering opportunities. You will also be able to find out about clubs, groups, activities and networks going on in Gorseinon and the surrounding areas.
Labour councillor Kelly Roberts said the community café, which officially opened on August 1, was a truly unique service.
“It provides a space for people to socialise as well as access a number of free services, such as employment support, legal advice, and benefits and welfare advice,” said Cllr Roberts.
“There will also be support if you have mental health issues or disabilities or are experiencing issues associated with age, loneliness, bereavement, LGBT rights, women’s rights, or anything else. You can also find out about volunteering opportunities and activities going on in Gorseinon and the surrounding areas.
“The aim is to provide people with whatever support they need, where they need it and when they need it and I am pleased to see that this has inspired both volunteers and professionals to come forward and offer their services for free.
“Gorseinon is a wonderful community and I am proud to be a part of this initiative.”
There will be support if you have mental health issues, physical disabilities or learning difficulties and you can talk to trained volunteers and professionals if you are experiencing issues associated with old age, loneliness, bereavement, LGBT rights, women’s rights, or anything else that may come up.
Gower’s Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi said: “I’m pleased that my constituency office team and I can support the new pop-Up community café and one stop shop, which will provide people with free help and advice on issues directly affecting them.”
Gower AM Rebecca Evans said: “This is a great community initiative which I am very happy to be a part of. The community café and one stop shop will provide a place where people can access free advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, and there will be a warm welcome for anyone needing advice or support.”
Mark Child, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Healthy City, said: “I am delighted to see our Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi and AM Rebecca Evans supporting Local Area Coordination so strongly. Events like this Pop-up Café & One Stop Shop are helped by Local Area Coordinators like Ronan who also participate in them, making communities and individuals more resilient and achieve their goals in life.
“I want to see LACs expand to cover all of Swansea, even in these times of Government Austerity, as we all know that prevention is better than cure.”
As well as local politicians and the LAC, the venture has had support from Workways+ and PACE, the Police, the District Housing Office, Gower College Swansea, Hafal, Barod, Christians Against Poverty, Penyrheol Leisure Centre, Evolve Youth Services, Shelter, Asda, Swansea Law School and Gorseinon Town Council.
CAPTION – L-R (back row): Cllr Sue Rawle, Melanie Nicholas, Richard Owen, PCSO Megan Picton, Amanda Cutliffe, Lexi Roberts, Maureen Stead, Maria Macey; (front row): Angela Law, Local Area Coordinator Ronan Ruddy, Tony Quinn, Cllr Kelly Roberts.