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Church volunteers clean up with Awaken Week mission in the community

A Swansea church will be on a mission to help make the city a better place to live – and help the vulnerable – next week.

Members of the parish of St Thomas and Kilvey will be teaming up for a third year with members of St Michael’s in Aberystwyth to clear rubbish, tidy people’s gardens and do odd jobs in the parish area. 

Vicar of St Thomas’, Rev Steve Bunting, said: “This is the third time we have been able to do our annual Awaken Week with help from St Michael’s.

“This year our team will be supplemented by 20 young members of that church and you won’t be able to miss us on the streets in our orange t-shirts.

“There is so much negative and distressing things going on in the world at the moment that we really want to bring some good news and acts of kindness to our community.

“We help with gardening, mowing the lawn and basic DIY for people who are often elderly, vulnerable, or single parent families and they may have been referred to us by local councillors, or through our existing links with people in the community and social media. And if we see somewhere when we’re walking around that looks like it needs jobs doing we’ll knock the door and ask if we can help.”

Last year volunteers also helped to transform the garden at Danygraig Primary School, laying paths and bringing in planters.

“The whole aim of the week is about loving your neighbour,” Steve said. “If there’s anyone who would like us to help with gardening or odd jobs, they can get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.”

The week will end with Awaken 17 – Church in the Park, an open-air event in Maesteg Park next Saturday (June 24) starting at 2pm, which will feature a free barbecue, face-painting, music and special guests. Last year’s event drew a crowd of more than 300, including Cyril the Swan.

If you know anyone who needs help, they can contact Steve through the parish’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StThomasSwansea or by telephone on 07816 421683.

There’s also a treat in store at the parish community cinema in St Stephen’s Church on Thursday (June 22) when it hosts an ‘edible experience’ of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The film will be accompanied by sweets which feature in the film, so expect gobstoppers and a lot of chocolate.

Details of the screening, which begins at 6.30pm, can be found on the parish’s Facebook page.

You can watch a video of last year’s Awaken Week volunteers at Danygraig Primary School here.