Just a short update from me this week because, as many constituents will know, I’ve been devoting much of my time over the summer months to our Kid’s Lunch Clubs. This week again, I’ve been at our lunch clubs HQ at the Boss Brewery every morning making sandwiches for our packed lunches alongside our team of fantastic volunteers. I’ve been keeping a regular diary about our progress with this year’s clubs. You can view my latest entry here.
As part of my work organising the lunch clubs, it’s been great to catch up with so many community groups across the constituency. On Wednesday evening, I was really pleased to visit Fit and Fed in Manselton Community Centre to discuss ways through which we can work together to help tackle holiday hunger across Swansea East. They’re providing such vital support to people right across Swansea and they know how to best target those individuals who are most in need. Following our discussions, I’m pleased to say that on Thursday morning we returned to drop off 55 packed lunches to support their work and will be to donate lunches to help with their efforts for the remainder of the summer. This is just one example of how the generosity of the public over the past month has really helped people on the ground. If we hadn’t had so many kind donations from constituents, we simply would not have been able to help as many people as we have done.
On a slightly different note, on Thursday evening I visited Matthew House, an initiative of the Hill Church Swansea, who provide a home for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities right in the heart of Swansea. This place isn’t just a building: it’s a safe haven for people who have become homeless, people who have found themselves victims of drug or alcohol abuse, and other vulnerable people who need a strong support network. Given it was “Ladies’ Night” at Matt’s Café, I was pleased to be donate food items and sanitary products to help with the centre’s work. It was an honour to meet with some of the people who attend the café – many of whom had been through terrible difficulties. I would like to thank the fantastic support team working at the Matthew House for the invaluable help they are giving to those who need it most.
Well, I’d better wrap this up because I’ve got to plan for next week’s lunch clubs. Of course, please do get in touch with my office as normal if you have any issues or concerns to raise – my team and I would be more than happy to help you.