Valentine’s Day can be a blissful time with loved ones, but for those without someone to spend it with, it can also be one of the loneliest times of the year. Discovery - Student Volunteering Swansea (Discovery SVS) prides itself in helping those who are vulnerable, which is why the charity helped plan a pre-Valentine’s meal for the community, an event filled to the brim with love.
On Wednesday 7th February, over 40 members from the community-including Sketty Baptist Church, Widows Group and Ivy Bush Court sheltered accommodation- enjoyed a free two-course meal. Swansea University’s Fusion Café hosted the event, which was filled with music thanks to Swansea University’s Saxophone Ensemble. Also in attendance were Swansea’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Philip Downing, and Mayoress, Mrs Lilian Downing, who came to witness some of the amazing work Discovery SVS and its volunteers do.
Eleanor Norton, Managing Director of Discovery SVS, said: “‘We love organising these community meals. They are a brilliant opportunity for us all to get together, share a good meal and enjoy each other’s company.”
“We were so delighted that the Mayor and Mayoress accepted our invitation to attend as well. As ever I am so impressed by the hard work of the students who pull the whole thing together.”
Discovery SVS works closely with the community all year round, and it recognise that it’s not always easy for people to attend events like this. Often, with no transport, it’s simply impossible. To overcome this obstacle, Discovery SVS also provided free transport to and from the University with the help of grants from Barchester's Charitable Foundation and the Austin Bailey Foundation.
Discovery SVS often organises free events like this within the community, and whilst it may be a simple meal to some, it’s also important to remember that it’s a way to invite, potentially isolated members of the community into the University. Food is an easy conversation starter, and proving people with the opportunity to socialise is important. Discovery SVS and its amazing volunteers are importantly helping to break down negative stereotypes associated with students in the community.
Discovery SVS is a Swansea University based volunteer-led charity, and they are always looking for people to help volunteer. Apply here to help make a difference.
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- Ffion White