"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.”


SHARING CHRISTMAS
with our neighbours

The inspiration for this project was a moving newspaper article that described a young boy going to a food-bank with his mum in December 2019 and asking “could we have a Turkey please?”.  

We believe every family on Gower should be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal. Some families were identified by our friends from the local food-banks and local schools as needing a helping hand. For Christmas 2020, with generous help from local businesses and with a team of volunteers from across the community, we were able to deliver high quality hampers of traditional Christmas food for 60 families on Gower.  

We were thrilled to have expanded this for December 2021, with 105 Christmas hampers delivered all over Swansea and Gower, giving a helping hand to 440 people.  Over 4o volunteers made this happen and we are so grateful for their support.

Sgt Paul Rees, South Wales Police

“The reaction from one of the recipients made my Christmas"  

Other volunteers shared their reflections on the day: 

Councillor Christine Richards

“Each home that I delivered to was delighted to see the hampers arrive and they all said that the hampers would make a real difference to their Christmas. It made me feel a part of something wonderful.” 

Rebecca Evans MS/AS for Gower

“The three families I delivered to were blown away by the generosity.” 

Mark Child, Lord Mayor of Swansea

“The little boy who came to the door in his elf pyjamas was delighted with the gift, the fact that it was the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Swansea on his doorstep seemed completely inconsequential. We left feeling nearly as pleased as he and his Mum were.”   

Tonia Antoniazzi, MP FOR GOWER

“Everyone deserves a Christmas without worry and I know that this project certainly helps make that possible. everyone puts their heart and soul into this project and I look forward to continuing to work with the sharing table next Christmas."

At the Sharing Table, we would like to thank HUGH PHILLIPS GOWER BUTCHER, THE GOWER GIN COMPANY and SHepherd's of gorseinon WHO supported our "Sharing Christmas" project.

fundraisers & donors

We are very grateful to...

...BNI Dylan Chapter and Swansea Building Society for generously supporting our sponsored walk.

...the Co-op for making us a Local Community Fund.

 

 

 After School Cooking Club 

Food is at the heart of our charity. With the support of grants from Swansea Council Food Poverty Fund and The Vale Foundation plus some generous local donations, we have constructed a kitchen in a primary school where we are now providing an after-school cooking club. The aims of the club are to teach children cooking skills and food knowledge in a fun environment, learning along-side their families.  

Outcomes

A few comments from the children:

“K” aged 8: “I am allowed to use a knife and I learned how to cut peppers. It gets me out of the house” 

“C” aged 10: “I reckon a lot has changed, because I don’t like many foods and I tried some and I liked it. I recommend the club because it brings the family together.” 

“O” aged 7: “It’s fun and cool”

Cooking Club 2021

From French toast to Sausage Casserole, we had great fun cooking with families.

Thank you to the partner organisations supporting our Cooking Club project, including swansea council and vale foundation as well ty croeso, a Clydach-based community venture which provides a range of services to its community. 

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A charity improving the lives of disadvantaged children in Gower and Swansea.

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Reg. Charity Number: 1190056