Lord mayor returns to ‘fantastic’ St Teilo’s

Out-going Lord Mayor of Swansea David Hopkins has returned to Faith in Families’ £1m St Teilo’s Cwtch ahead of the handover of the keys next week.

Cllr David Hopkins, ward member for Townhill, and his wife and Lady Mayoress Beverley, who is also a councillor for the Landore ward, toured the state-of-the-art community hub in March, but wanted to return to see the finished building.

“It’s fantastic, what a facility, “ he said. “The area of Portmead and Blaenymaes certainly deserves such a fantastic facility which will be used by the community. I think it’s a brilliant, brilliant venture.”

The Lord Mayor has been a strong supporter of Faith in Families’ work, and praised the dedication of its staff.

“I think they do a fantastic job in the community. As Lord Mayor I’ve been to several events with them and I’ve got to say the behaviour of the children is always outstanding.”

Builders and surveyors spent the day volunteering ‘Giving a Day back of their Time’ at the site on Friday to make sure it is ready to open on time.

Jon Hellier, regional property service manager, site manager Luke Hughes, quantity surveyor Simon James and Jim Shill, associate director of Hurley Davies, were joined by the Interserve team to put the finishing touches to the centre.

Faith in Families CEO Cherrie Bija said “It really summed up how the project has been from the start, people coming together and doing their utmost to see this vision come to life, from years ago when Faith in Families and the parish joined forces, to the support we have had from funders throughout.

“To see our professional team spend their time getting muddy as we laid the finishing touches to the children’s garden was inspiring. We laughed as we ran out of turf but, as in all the challenges we have had since the start, we did not give up and Simon James, our quantity surveyor, nipped out with his credit card and filled his car with turf enough to complete the garden and more.