A Swansea primary school has received a £1,000 donation from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Swansea Bay.
Craigfelen Primary School in Clydach plans to use the donation to enhance their outdoor area for learners.
Omer Kartal, Site Leader at Amazon in Swansea, said: “At Amazon, we are passionate supporters of schools and pupils in our community. We’re pleased to support Craigfelen Primary School with this donation.”
Craigfelen Primary School was nominated for support by Ryan Arnold, who works as an engineer at the Swansea fulfilment centre. Ryan’s wife is a teacher at the school.
He added: “Craigfelen Primary is a fantastic school, deserving of endless thanks for the support and guidance it provides to pupils. It’s great that Amazon has been able to make this donation and I know it will be warmly welcomed by everyone at Craigfelen Primary School.”
Mrs Alison Williams MBE, Headteacher at Craigfelen Primary School, added: “We want to thank Omer and the Amazon team in Swansea for this donation. As a school community, we are dedicated to supporting our pupils to succeed through education whilst ensuring they are proud of their community. This donation will be a great support to us.”
The donation to Craigfelen Primary School was made as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities in and around its operating locations across the UK.
Man charged with attempted murder after Clydach assault
Detectives investigating the serious assault of a man in Clydach on Saturday 12 March have charged 37 year-old Daniel Harrison with attempted murder.
He has been remanded into police custody and will appear at Swansea Magistrates Court later today (17 March).
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Jones from South Wales Police said: “We know this incident caused some concern within the local and wider community. I would like to reassure people that we have the suspect in custody and we are not looking for anybody else.”
The victim of the assault remains in a stable but critical condition in hospital.
(Lead image: South Wales Police)
Funding secures additional 49 life-saving defibrillators for Swansea communities
An additional 49 easily accessible life-saving defibrillators are being installed at retail locations in communities right across Swansea in the coming months.
Swansea Council is working with the charity Heartbeat Trust UK to increase public access to this vital equipment and to become the UK’s first ‘defib-friendly’ city.
The Council has agreed more than £60,000 in grant funding that will enable the Charity to place and insure defibrillators in locations that have 24-hour access in all 36 council wards.
These will include additional machines in retail locations in the city centre, high streets in communities including Morriston, Clydach, Gorseinon, Pontarddulais and Sketty and outside community shops or pubs in more rural locations such as Gower.
Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “This equipment can easily mean the difference between life and death when someone suffers from a medical emergency such as a heart attack and we want to ensure all our residents have as much support as possible.
“There has been an increase in number of accessible defibrillators in Swansea in recent years and the Council will continue to play it’s part in growing the coverage”
Deputy Leader Andrea Lewis, who has driven the initiative, added: “Heartbeat Trust UK is already doing a fantastic job working with our communities in Swansea.
“This grant will ensure we can get these machines installed all across the city and help save lives. Our ambition is to be Britain’s first defib-friendly city where no-one is far from a defibrillator.
“I’m confident residents in all our communities will welcome this additional support as part of our partnership with Heartbeat Trust UK.”
It is anticipated that all 49 additional machines will be in place within the next few months.
Henry Gilbert, Chair of Heartbeat Trust UK, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Swansea Council to make this city ‘defib-friendly’ in terms of the strategic placement of defibrillators in all communities, generating greater awareness of their locations and providing CPR / Defibrillator training.
“Out of hospital cardiac arrests is one the top causes of death in the UK. The timely intervention of CPR and defibrillation can improve the survival rate from less than 3% to as much as 75%. This initiative will definitely save lives in Swansea.”
(Lead image: Wikimedia / Tanja-Denise Schantz)
Community council to take over running of Clydach’s Forge Fach
The group running a popular Swansea Valley community hub is set to change.
Clydach’s popular Forge Fach Community Hub is about to come under the control of the area’s community council – in an arrangement agreed with Swansea Council to secure the future of this valued community building.
A Swansea Council spokesperson said: “We’re delighted that the community council is to run Forge Fach from April 1. It’s an important building for local people and groups so it’s encouraging that the community council will be looking after it from now.”
Clydach Community Council is stepping in to ensure uninterrupted service after existing leaseholders Walsingham Support, who have successfully run Forge Fach for around seven years, indicated that they were refocusing on their core charitable aims.
These include the support of community-based education and skills development, volunteering and supported employment which they have been evolving locally since 1999.
A Clydach Community Council spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be taking on Forge Fach for the good of the community. We’ll support its growth and will do all we can to maintain it as a key focal point for local people.”
Bookings and inquiries should continue as usual as the centre will continue to run without interruption.
Forge Fach Community Hub is owned by Swansea Council although its freehold was due to revert to the community council in the near future.
A development trust built the community resource centre but nine years ago, the trust went into administration so Swansea Council stepped in to ensure the centre remained accessible.
Walsingham Support took on the lease in 2015 and have since operated it as an inclusive community hub for the whole community.
Lead image: Forge Fach Community Hub (Image: Walsingham Support)
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