Swansea Labour is in full support of a special Christmas event at the Brangwyn Hall on Wednesday to spread festive cheer to people in need.
Organised by JR Events and Catering, with support from Swansea Council, the ‘Together at Christmas’ event will include a free, two-course Christmas dinner for people in Swansea who are vulnerable, feel isolated or may be homeless.
Lasting from noon until 3pm, the event will also feature a Christmas party experience, including a Christmas tree, Christmas crackers, live music and singers.
Free services at the event, courtesy of local businesses, will include a hairdresser and information points on housing support. Information about employment schemes and welfare and benefits advice will also be made available.
Swansea Council is organising free transport to and from the event from pick-up points in the city centre and Townhill for people requiring it, with a staffed area even being set up outside the Brangwyn Hall for people’s dogs to enjoy some festive treats.
The Council’s trading standards team will be donating de-branded counterfeit shoes and clothing that have been confiscated as part of recent operations.
Labour Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: “Tackling homelessness remains a top priority for us as a Local Authority. A huge amount of work is done to prevent people from becoming homeless in our communities.
“Our recently-introduced homelessness strategy and the actions which go with it will help us to go the extra mile to support families, single parent families, rough sleepers, those with complex needs and others who are at risk of becoming homeless or are already homeless.
“We’re delighted to be working in such close partnership with JR Events and Catering once again for what is now an annual event. This builds on the work of the council in preventing homelessness and giving support to others in need.”
Cllr Mary Sherwood, Swansea Council’s Joint Cabinet Member for Better Communities said: “Supporting residents facing poverty is a key priority for the Council. We’ll be making sure that Council staff are on hand at the event to give people guidance on welfare benefits, making sure that those who are entitled to help are claiming all that is available to them. ”
“We also have employability schemes that can help long-term unemployed people back into the workplace, as well as help those facing redundancy or stuck in low-paid employment to find alternatives.”
“Our staff are now helping raise awareness of the event across the city to ensure as many people as possible benefit.”
Jessica Rice, Director of JR Events and Catering, said: “Last year’s ‘Together at Christmas’ event was an outstanding success, but we’re pulling out all the stops to make sure this year’s event is even better.
“Everyone deserves some happiness at Christmas, so we hope the event will give festive cheer to as many people as possible in Swansea who need our support.
“Kindly supported by Swansea Council and many businesses, charities and other organisations across the city, ‘Together at Christmas’ also gives local people the chance to volunteer their time on the day.”
Contact Jessica Rice for more information about the event on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01792 635253.