UWTSD Community Engagement Activities raises money for Refuge


A Women’s Confidence group run by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has been working in Communities First Areas with a range of people and students. The group of women from the SA1 area have been attending weekly sessions to work on self-esteem and confidence through different activities. 

One activity consisted of making Easter treat bags and selling them to UWTSD staff, other community groups and community workers. The money raised was donated to Refuge and will aid the charity in providing a fun day for children in their establishments. The sessions were run by Zoe Murphy, UWTSD Community Engagement Officer, with help from BA Applied Drama and BA Surface Pattern Design students.

The University has a strong presence in Communities First Areas and has now started to forge a relationship with Communities First East which covers the SA1 area.

Zoe Murphy said: “With the SA1 development underway it is important to introduce the surrounding community to the University and to give students the opportunity to gain work experience relevant to their degrees. One of the projects we run is called Like A Boss which introduces women to enterprise, creativity and life and work skills. We have been working with a group of women for 8 weeks on self-esteem and confidence.”

The group have had external practitioners and business owners delivering sessions on dressing for confidence, personal branding for work, motivational speakers and creative writing for therapy. Some of the women from the group have gone on to secure employment and volunteering opportunities attributing some of their success to the confidence sessions.

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  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 225 108 / 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk