UWTSD supports The Phoenix Fun Day 2019


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) recently supported the annual Phoenix Fun Day in Townhill, Swansea.

A group of men and women smile and hold open their arms under a blue sky in front of the tents.

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.

This year’s Phoenix Fun Day saw students from UWTSD running craft workshops in a large marquee. Students from Fine Art, Advertising & Brand and Education offered interactive sessions on badge-making, plant pot painting, knitting, collages and jewellery. Student Ambassadors were on hand to give advice about courses and answer general UWTSD queries. Photography in the Arts student Rose Wilson was the official photographer on the day.

Curtis Cana is a UWTSD student on the Carmarthen campus who organised the entertainment stage. 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.

He said: "The Phoenix Fun Day is a fantastic event which brings the community of Townhill together. It is a fun day which encompasses art, talent, fun and enjoyment from everyone who attends. Being a young person myself from Townhill (classed as an area of deprivation) I can see that there is a need for youth work and community projects. 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."

Women and children gather round activity tables in a large tent.

Over 1,500 people came along on the day with live music, food, face painting, workshops, information stands, games and interactive activities with organisations such as the police, fire service and Swans Community Trust. The team are already looking at planning the 2020 event.

Alina Skorohoda, Fine Art student said: "It was great to see the community come together, we had more than 30 children in full creation. There was a different age groups coming to the even. Kids were happy to join our collage workshop. The atmosphere and energy was incredible. Communities definitely need more of this kind of event. It’s very important for kids especially in our busy time of technology."

Close up on a ball of mustard-coloured wool with two knitting needles sticking out of it.

Melissa Balencante Rodrigues, Fine Art student said: "Thank you ever so much for the opportunity to be part of the event. It was inspiring for me to work with the community and this experience created in me the desire to get involved in more community events."

Leanne Dower, The Manager of The Phoenix Centre said: "Community events like The Phoenix Fun day wouldn’t be possible without the support of UWTSD. We are very lucky to have this support and that they understand the importance of such events to create opportunities for local people. There is a lot of work that goes into the planning of the event and it has been a pleasure to work alongside UWTSD for many years. This a great example of partnership working and one I hope will continue."

A woman sits in a six-foot high deckchair with UWTSD branding on the fabric.

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus

Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: 01792 483695
Mobile: 07384 467071
Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk