A new local charity has been created in the past couple of months. It grew out of a project that was started by Sketty resident Patrick Mulder (right), at the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic. Patrick set up a Facebook group to connect volunteers in the area with those in need who were self-isolating. Volunteers have been shopping, delivering prescriptions, cooking meals, helping at the food bank and much more – the group has been a great success.
Accountant, Amy Callander (left) who also lives in Sketty is one of the founding members and the Project Co-ordinator for the new charity. Amy contacted Bay to bring to you, the reader’s attention the existence of this huge army of volunteers who want to support those who feel lonely or isolated by the lockdown, social distancing restrictions or for any number of reasons.
In addition, Sketty Community Outreach CIO is looking for more volunteers. Initially they want to start a monthly lunch club for people who feel lonely or isolated, for whatever reason. A two-course meal with tea and coffee will be on offer, along with a little entertainment and where required transportation too. This is planned to start next year, when hopefully it will be possible to organise events such as this again.
A ‘Share a Plate’ project will take place on Christmas Day with local residents cooking an extra portion of Christmas dinner which volunteer drivers will deliver to 40 local residents who are alone on Christmas Day.
Amy says “We are all really excited about the charity and have the support of local councillors, local area co-ordinators and of course a good number of local residents. I would like to reach out to more potential volunteers who may not be on Facebook and will therefore be unaware of the volunteering opportunities available. In particular we need kitchen volunteers who can help prepare a hot meal for 20 to 30 people. We also need people to serve food, provide trans-port or entertainment, or simply chat to the guests to make them feel welcome. We would like the volunteers to come from the local community of Sketty, Sketty Park,Tycoch and Derwen Fawr as the idea is that the charity is run by the community for the community.”
For further information and volunteering details please contact Amy on 07811838470 or visit the Facebook page
Here is a list of some the local area coordinators – if your area isn’t listed full details can be found on the council website at www.swansea.gov.uk/localareacoordination
Sketty, Sketty Park and Tycoch
Tara Hughes – 07976 395630
Uplands, Brynmill, Ffynone and St Helens
Fiona Hughes – 07966 246033
Local Area Coordinator Manager
Jon Franklin – 07471 145351