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Could you be a Marie Curie Volunteer?

The local Swansea Volunteer Fundraising Group is dedicated to raising funds by hosting a range of fundraising and awareness events so that Marie Curie can continue to provide care and support for people with terminal illnesses in their own homes across Swansea.

Behind every good Fundraising Group is a good chair-person!  The group is currently looking for an enthuseiastic new volunteer chairperson. Could that be you?

You will help the group’s volunteers to plan and organise a simple calendar of fundraising events. During meetings you will ensure discussions are effective and that new and exciting ideas are encouraged. Your help is needed to keep the meetings on track and to ensure all action points are clear to all members.

You’ll need to be confident in chairing and organising as well as have really good people skills. With lots of support and guidance from your local Community Fundraising Team you will be able to lead an enthusiastic group to raise as much as possible for Marie Curie to continue to provide its services in the Swansea area.

Marie Curie provide hands-on care to people living with any terminal illness in their own homes, allowing  families to make the most of the precious time they have left together, offering expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.

For more information about volunteering for Marie Curie please contact Community Fundraiser for Swansea, Hannah on 01554 759071 or email





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Pictured left to right: Jon Franklin, Ronan Ruddy, Fran Grice and Dan Morris – Local Coordinators for Swansea

Jon Franklin is the Local Area Coordinator for Sketty, Sketty Park, Tycoch and Derwen Fawr.

Local Area Coordinators have been employed by the Council for the City and County of Swansea since July 2015.

What does a Local Area Coordinator do?

They can help anyone build relationships within their community. They support people who are lonely, isolated or at risk of reaching a crisis point by helping them to:

Build their vision for a good life

Stay strong and connected

Feel safer and more confident in the future

How Does it Work?

They will take time to get to know you, your family and your community. They will support you to:

Access information in a variety of ways

Be heard, be in control and make choices

Identify your personal strengths, goals and needs

Find practical ways of doing the things you want or need to do

Develop and use personal and local networks

Plan for the future

Be part of and contribute to your community

Access support and services if required

They can also provide information to anyone looking for ideas about groups, activities or other resources to access within the community.

Sketty Community Meal

One of the roles of the coordinator is to help facilitate and work collaboratively on community projects which bring local people together and build community relationships.

snip pic 4Swansea University’s Fusion Café in Fulton House was recently the venue for a new ‘Community Meal’ involving students from Bishop Gore School’s Sixth Form, who helped to organise the event, prepare and serve the food while Swansea University and local super-markets chipped-in with a venue and surplus food for what was the first event of its kind in the city.

The event attracted over 20 older people from the community and may turn out to be the first of many.


If you would like to find out more about Local Area Coordination in Sketty, Sketty Park, Derwen Fawr or Tycoch contact:

Jon Franklin, Local Area Coordinator Tel: 07471145351 Email:





This month sees the publication of the 19th consecutive book that David Roberts, the former city journalist and publisher has compiled to take us all on a fantastic trip back in time. We asked David for an exclusive peek at its contents. The picture here is just one of more than 300 images to link the 20th Century city with its glorious past. It shows some of those who participated in an Ostreme-based fete in Mumbles during the heady days of the mid-1980s. It’s just a small clue to the delights contained among this latest fresh and fascinating collection of images of Swansea past that David has once again gathered. Other pictures show people and places alongside long vanished land-marks and once favourite locations.

For details on how to buy a copy of the book due for publication early this month, visit or phone 01639 643961




Get together to host a dinner party with a difference
Dinner parties are a great way to share memorable moments with friends and family, and Marie Curie is calling on food fans in South Wales to host a dinner party with a difference this autumn.

The charity would love you to host a ‘Dinner Down Memory Lane, and instead of asking guests to bring a bottle or a dessert, ask for a donation instead. In doing so, you will help support Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness, helping them spend quality time with their loved ones in their own homes.

Hannah Leckie, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in South West Wales, said: “We all love getting together with friends and family, having fun and creating new memories – Dinner Down Memory Lane is all about doing just that. It’s the perfect excuse to share good times with your loved ones and you’ll be supporting Marie Curie Nurses at the same time.”

To sign up and get your free fundraising pack visit, call 01554 759 071 or email




I was delighted to receive this email from Pamela Morgan – it illustrates that sending your event information to us for Snippets does help to promote your programme.

Thank you so much for running our information on walks and concerts in Singleton Park in August on page 13 of the August edition of the Bay.

We have had an excellent response. Many of our walkers quoted “The Bay” as their source of information.

Best wishes

Pamela Morgan

Chair / Friends of the City of Swansea Botanical Complex




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