Local Aid Swansea charity launches new Training Shop in Gorseinon
This week marked the launch of a new venture for the charity that has been supporting children with special needs and their families in Swansea for almost 30 years. The new project ‘Take That’ is based on Gorseinon High Street and is funded by Global’s Make Some Noise Radio Campaign via Heart Cardiff who have been partnered with Local Aid to raise enough money to fund a full-time project coordinator and a tutor.
The Charity shop will be run by young people aged 15-25-year-old who have additional learning needs, or are disengaged in education, have challenging behaviour or are socially excluded. As well as a live retail environment the shop also hosts an up-cycling workshop, where young people will be able to gain skills such as redesigning clothes, painting furniture and transforming items ready for resale.
There is also a classroom which will enable learner to follow an Agored Cymru programme which will allow them to gain accredited awards and skills that they can use in the future.
The Lord Mayor of Swansea, David Phillips, cut the ribbon for the official opening ceremony was greatly attended by the charities trustees and Staff also Pen-y-Bryn school students who are among the first to try out the new project, an array of different representatives from local organisations/charities and lots of members of the public. Amanda Lervy, Director for Local Aid said” It was a really lively and successful day! We are really looking forward to getting to know the local community. We very much look forward to seeing the positive impact this project makes on the local area. Please pop down to our Gorseinon shop to look around where you will be given a warm welcome”.
Local Aid are looking for Volunteer mentors to help support young people gain the most out of their experience. For more information call in to the shop at 70 High Street, Gorseinon or call Beth on 07521 607200.
"We very much look forward to seeing the positive impact this project makes on the local area. Please pop down to our Gorseinon shop to look around where you will be given a warm welcome”.
Heart Wales surprises Local Aid
Today Heart Wales presenters Jagger and Woody surprised Local Aid with a cheque for £80,400 raised by Global’s Make Some Noise.
The charity was hoping for a grant of £40,174 but thanks to the generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands, Global’s Make Some Noise donated more than double that amount.
Local Aid supports more than 150 children and their families in Swansea. The organisation supports young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, and helps them to reach their potential. The money raised by Heart Wales and Global’s Make Some Noise will fund the cost of an employability and skills training programme for 15 to 20 year olds, who are traditionally disadvantaged in the workplace. This will deliver life-changing benefits for the people helped by Local Aid.
Global’s Make Some Noise is the official charity of Global, the Media & Entertainment group, and home to Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold.
Global’s Make Some Noise helps small charities and projects dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youngsters living with illness, disablity or lack of opportunity. Global’s Make Some Noise gives charities such as Local Aid a platform to reach an audience of more than 25 million weekly listeners through Global’s radio brands.
Every year, grants are awarded to small projects across the country to help fund the vital services they offer. Since its launch in 2014, Global’s Make Some Noise has raised more than £11 million and helped 192 incredible charities and projects.
Heart Wales managing editor, Gareth Setter said: “Global’s Make Some Noise plays such an important role in raising awareness of small charities like Local Aid. The kindness of our listeners means Global’s Make Some Noise can more than double its donation, which will help Local Aid extend their programme for an extra twelve months.
Amanda Lervy, Director at Local Aid, said: “We cannot thank Heart Wales and its listeners enough for their incredible support. As a benificary of Global’s Make Some Noise, we were hoping for a grant of £40,000 but when they surprised us with a cheque for more than £80,000 we were totally overwhelmed. The extra funds will allow us double our service This will make a huge difference to number of families we can look after.”
"We cannot thank Heart Wales and its listeners enough for their incredible support. As a benificary of Global’s Make Some Noise, we were hoping for a grant of £40,000 but when they surprised us with a cheque for more than £80,000 we were totally overwhelmed. "
Blog: The Buddies Volunteer
"During the summer of 2015 I started volunteering at a play scheme called Buddies run by Local Aid. This scheme aims to support special needs children by providing them with many different opportunities to develop their skills. I decided to begin volunteering in order to broaden my experiences. I wanted to gain and develop new skills whilst getting to know many different children with special needs. Immediately on joining buddies I was overwhelmed by the welcoming, warm nature of all the staff and children. Buddies carries out different activities from week to week and I really enjoyed the variety that it brought to the day.
All the staff ensured that I felt comfortable in the amount of responsibility I was given and that I was able to approach any of them if I had any questions. Throughout my time volunteering I was fortunate to have been able to have got to know all of the children very well and so over two years later we all feel like one big family. I can't begin to describe how much I have gained from Buddies. It is a very maturing, confidence building, and enlightening experience which I am very grateful for.
Volunteering at Buddies also helped me in gaining a place for medicine in the University of Nottingham: it's a great addition to a personal statement. I can honestly say that I will miss each one of the children immensely when I go to University. Each one of them is different in their own way which is what made my experience so unique. I will cherish the memories I have made at buddies forever, from seeing a child's face light up after going down a slide in the lc2 to the whole of the staff and children staying in on rainy days singing, laughing and playing games. I can't wait to volunteer again when I'm back from Uni - there's no other place I'd rather be on a Saturday."
"Throughout my time volunteering I was fortunate to have been able to have got to know all of the children very well and so over two years later we all feel like one big family."