Furniture and fun days – UWTSD offers support to the Phoenix Centre in Townhill


12.03.2019

The Phoenix Centre is an important community hub that houses a library, nursery, café and meeting spaces. It serves the communities of Townhill and Mayhill offering much needed support to the people who frequent it.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has a long standing relationship with the Phoenix Centre in Townhill. Students and staff have integrated themselves into the community by running workshops, helping with events and using its spaces.

Recently UWTSD were also able to offer help by furnishing the Phoenix Centre’s meeting rooms with conference tables and chairs left over from the Campus move from Townhill to SA1.

UWTSD is supporting the annual Phoenix Fun Day on May 12th for the third year running. Last year staff and students helped out at the event that saw over 1,500 people visit it throughout the day. Students studying Visual Art, Advertising & Brand, Graphic Design and Surface Pattern Design ran craft workshops in the UWTSD marquee with over 400 people taking part. Staff from Sports Management ran outdoor competitions and sporting activities whilst Automotive Engineering brought along a sports car and a simulator. UWTSD’s Marketing Department were on hand to talk about the University and hand out course information. In addition to these activities, there were also bouncy castles, face painting, stalls and information points. Students worked as stewards.

Leanne Dower, Manager of the Phoenix Centre said: "Being a not for profit organisation, providing an invaluable service to the community, we rely on support from our partners and grant funding. We were unsuccessful this year in our recent grant application for conference room equipment so UWTSD very kindly donated their conference room furniture. This will help us to continue the use of our facility and market competitively with other providers. This should generate more income contributing to our plans of sustainability.

"We have now worked with UWTSD for many years and their support is vital for us to continue to provide the service that we do to our community. Phoenix Fun Days have become a Townhill tradition that brings the whole community together. Our plans for the future are to generate more income, control our costs, and continue to employ 18 local people to provide a service for our residents who many see as a lifeline.”

Curtis Cana is a UWTSD student on the Carmarthen campus who helps out with the Phoenix Fun Day. Curtis is from Townhill and first became engaged with UWTSD when he participated in community projects as a young teenager. He has since played a key role in supporting UWTSD’s community work through his local knowledge and passion to make change happen.

Curtis said: "Community Projects are important in the sense of engaging young people with new opportunities and empowering them to make decisions. They also bring communities together and give community members a sense of belonging. The Phoenix Fun Day is a fantastic event which brings the community of the Townhill ward together and to life. It is a fun day which encompasses arts, talent, fun and enjoyment from everyone who attends.

"Being a young person myself from Townhill, I can see that there is a need for youth work and community projects in Swansea. Growing up in Townhill there were not many opportunities apart from the local youth club, the Phoenix Centre and UWTSD projects. These allowed children and young people in the area to engage with youth and community workers to keep them safe and build upon their skills. I am now studying a Master’s Degree in Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing with UWTSD and hope to put it into practice in my work as a Youth Hub Development Officer for Swansea Young People Services.”

The Phoenix Fun Day takes place on Sunday May 12th, 11am-4pm at Paradise Park (next to the Phoenix Centre) in Powys Avenue, Townhill. The day will include craft workshops, displays, face painting, information stalls, food, live music and sport. Entry is free.

 

 

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: 01792 483695
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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk