Swansea Asylum Seekers Support - fundraising evening


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is supporting the Swansea Asylum Seekers Support (SASS) fundraiser on Saturday, July 18. The online event has been organised by Julie James, Member of the Senedd, and is part of a series of events to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is supporting the Swansea Asylum Seekers Support (SASS) fundraiser on Saturday, July 18.

A previously arranged charity dinner has been cancelled due to coronavirus, so the team has arranged an online Zoom auction hosted by UWTSD Honorary Fellow Kevin Johns, MBE and Swansea College of Art Professor of Practice Mal Pope, to support the charity instead.

Swansea has been a City of Sanctuary for 20 years and UWTSD has a long record of working with refugees and asylum seekers and is currently applying for University of Sanctuary status which will enable refugees and asylum seekers to access free education and support during their studies.

UWTSD has supported previous events to help raise money for SASS. The charity helps asylum seekers in Swansea by offering drop in sessions and access to support.

Julie James said: “UWTSD has been so supportive of my charity this year, they have been part of a very different year but through some difficult times they have been committed to helping Swansea Asylum Seekers Support (SASS). During lockdown we have seen again the power of bringing people together in crisis. SASS and other local charities do incredible work to help the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Swansea.  Think of any country in the news because of war, persecution, and chaos. Survivors are here in Swansea.  They are a community of Swansea people, including refugees and asylum seekers. They welcome them. For nearly 20 years, SASS has helped uprooted people find sanctuary, peace, and start a new life in Swansea. The need keeps growing, especially now in such strange and difficult times.

“As we are going through immense changes in our communities here in Wales, these volunteers are still out there doing what they can to ensure no one is without the support they need. These families still need our help and support. Even though we are working in a different environment, I along with UWTSD will continue to highlight the essential work they do in our wonderful city.”

The online auction will take place at 7:30pm – 9:30pm on Saturday July 18th.

You can purchase a £5 ticket (or donate) for the auction:


If you or your business has an auction or raffle prize that you would like to donate, please email sandra.richards@senedd.wales

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