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Hundreds at event to bring Christmas cheer to those in need

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Several hundred people attended a special event on Tuesday (6 December) that brought a bit of festive cheer to those in Swansea who are vulnerable, isolated or at risk of homelessness.

JR Events and Catering, with support from Swansea Council, volunteers, businesses and community groups, threw open the doors of the Brangwyn Hall to serve-up a free two-course Christmas dinner along with entertainment and other activities.

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There was a pop-up food bank, free haircuts and the offer of winter clothing to those that need it.

Advice was available on housing, employability and welfare and there was the opportunity to get flu or covid vaccines.

Together at Christmas comes as more support than ever is in place in Swansea to help the homeless or anyone at risk of becoming homeless during the winter months.

Swansea Council say they’re continuing to work very closely with their partners to ensure that no one who needs or wants a bed or accommodation in Swansea will be without this winter.

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Council leader, Rob Stewart serving food at the Together at Christmas event (Image: Swansea Council)
Hundreds turned up for the Together at Christmas event in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall (Image: Swansea Council)
Some of JR Events staff preparing meals for the event (Image: Swansea Council)
Clothing and shoes distributed at the event (Image: Swansea Council)
Free haircuts were available for those who wanted them (Image: Swansea Council)
Some of the free entertainment on the Brangwyn stage for the event (Image: Swansea Council)

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “Once again Swansea has come together to support those that need it and I’d like to thank every single person who has made today possible.

“Sadly during the cost of living crisis more people than even will need help this winter and I’m proud that in Swansea we have so many people who work so hard to support those who need it.

“The cost of living crisis is affecting everyone and Swansea Council will continue to all we can to support everyone in these difficult times.”

Jessica Rice, Director of JR Events and Catering, added: “Once again Swansea has stepped up and wrapped its arms around those that need it the most.

“Every year is a humbling experience, and this year is no different, with countless volunteers reaching out, and businesses and organisations offering to support.

“A heartfelt thank you to everyone involved, especially our Swansea Council – I’m so very proud of our wonderful city.”

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(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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