UWTSD helps to celebrate community spirit in Townhill


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is supporting the Phoenix Fun Day. The annual family friendly event attracts over 1,000 people from Townhill and Mayhill. It is organised by The Phoenix Centre who are a community resource in the heart of Townhill. 

The event will take place on Sunday 22nd May between 11am – 4pm. There will be food, fairground rides, football, face painting, skateboarding, bouncy castles and information stalls.

UWTSD has a long history of working with the Phoenix Centre and the Communities First team based there. Lucy Beddall from UWTSD said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Phoenix Fun Day. It’s a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience helping out with the event, running workshops and meeting the community. It really enhances their learning experience and allows them to share some of their skills. We are a very accessible University – many of our students are local – so it’s great to be there to help celebrate the wonderful community of Townhill.”

UWTSD will bring two large marquees to the event, one will feature music and entertainment and the other one will offer free craft workshops run by students and staff at the University. Student Ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions about UWTSD and also hand out information about some of the courses such as the popular ‘Art After Dark’ range of classes.

Gower College will also be involved and will bring along some participants of The Bridge Programme (aimed at young people aged 16-19 who are undecided about their future career path). This will be great opportunity for Bridge students to build links with the University and local community groups. The young people will join UWTSD students to be stewards on the day and help out with some of the workshops.

Lucy Turtle, lecturer at Gower College said: “This is a superb opportunity for my students to collaborate with the University to organise a community event as part of their qualification on the Bridge programme. It shows them what they have learned in class will transfer into real life and their theory turned into something practical and rewarding to the community. The students will be able to build strong links with the University and the community and improve their employability skills.

“The Bridge programme gives young people an opportunity to sample a range of different subject areas, enabling them to make informed decisions about their next step and equipping them with skills and qualities that are required by employers and which make them better prepared for the world of work.”

The Phoenix Centre is integral to the Townhill community. Run as a social enterprise, it houses a library, nursery, café, meeting rooms and holds short courses and events.

Leanne Dower, manager at the Phoenix Centre and said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate 15 years of the Phoenix Centre with our much valued partners. Community spirit is very important to us and fun days like this have been a proven success. The continued support we receive from UWTSD is very much appreciated.”

Curtis Cana is a young person who lives in Townhill and has managed the entertainment tent with UWTSD. He said: "I think UWTSD has done an excellent job in supporting and hosting community projects over recent years. The events have been fun and they engage with a whole variety of people including young people and older people”.

This project is managed by Creative Bubble at UWTSD and funded by the Widening Access Forum.

Note to Editor

  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