It’s just over five years since we launched Tŷ Croeso, Clydach, a community project at 97 High Street. With around 20-25 volunteers at any one time over the five years, we’ve been able to provide weekly sessions as a branch of Swansea Foodbank and of Neath Port Talbot Credit Union. These are also ‘Place of Welcome’ drop-in sessions: Tuesdays 10-12 a.m. and Fridays 2-4 p.m.
Since starting we’ve initiated a number of activities, some successful, some less so – all part of exploring local needs and interests. Perhaps the most successful groups meeting at our small, friendly premises, have been the Welsh learners’ group and the support group for those who have experienced bereavement. Siop Siarad is open to any learners attending a class and seems especially popular at the moment. The Bereavement Group members are keen to share what they’ve learned by producing a leaflet to help others.
One of our core aims is to promote health and well-being, and one aspect of this at present is seated exercise on Monday mornings at 10.45 a.m. While it is relatively gentle, it gives a good work-out to the whole body. Phone us to check if there are still spaces.
Supporting those living with mental health issues, and their families, is something we are currently exploring more specifically. We already host a group for families and friends of those addicted to alcohol and/or drugs (Families Anonymous). In February and March we hope to run a course for family and friends of those with mental health conditions. Before this there will be an open drop-in on February 1st, from 1.00-3.30 p.m., as part of ‘Time to Talk Day’, a national initiative highlighting mental health. Anyone is welcome to call by for information and resources as well as registering interest in the course – or just taking time to talk with our volunteers and enjoying a cuppa.
An occasional activity that supports older residents and can be particularly helpful for those living with dementia is ‘Tea and Hymns’ – an afternoon of singing and fellowship over tea and cakes. This is held at Capel y Nant Hall (formerly Carmel Church hall), Heol y Nant, from 2.15 p.m. and the next session will be Wednesday February 28th. We welcome individual residents and those from local care homes to this event, and sometimes have a school choir or soloist to entertain us.
Transport to events such as this can be a problem and is identified by social services as one of the main community needs. One possibility is that we might start a community transport scheme for Clydach and we’re looking for people who might be willing to register with us as drivers, as well as someone to be the phone contact for the scheme. Do get in touch if you could be interested in this.
Huge thanks to all those who have supported us in any way so far. We particularly appreciate the efforts of our volunteers and those who give regularly to help us pay the rent for the ‘shop’. For further information on any of our activities phone 845942.