The Gower outside Swansea is home to some 65,000 people. As the first designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in the UK, it attracts thousands of tourists every year, who appreciate its unspoilt beaches, cliffs and moorland. What these tourists may not readily appreciate, is that within this place of beauty there is disadvantage, even deprivation.
Even within this beautiful place resplendent with shops selling local produce, fine restaurants and traditional pubs, we have the obscenity of a growing number of food banks, poorly resourced communities and over 800 children reliant on free school meals.
The Sharing Table has a vision of the community sharing its resources, providing enhanced life opportunities for disadvantaged children and families locally. Food is at the heart of our purpose, but the community can provide so much more: opportunities to build self-esteem, to learn new skills, to have new experiences, to access richer and happier lives. The community at large can also benefit from “coming to the table”, experiencing the quiet satisfaction of bringing their resources to bear for the benefit of others.
There are no hand-outs at The Sharing Table. We simply aim to provide some of our neighbours with a hand-up where it’s needed.
"In a world that prides people on not having needs, on going longer and faster, on going without, on powering through, the table is a place of safety and rest and humanity - a place to truly be together".