St Thomas’ Church in Swansea has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund.
St Thomas’ is raising funds towards the different community activities it does across the city to benefit communities.
The church has a large youth group of 85 children, aged from five to 15, and mentors them through experiences and opportunities.
It runs a baby charity, helping the most vulnerable mums in Swansea, runs a food bank, provides free meals during school holidays. It helps the elderly through its luncheon clubs and also provides a bereavement support group in partnership with its local Co-op Funeralcare.
It also runs a mentoring programme with local schools and provides Easter eggs and Christmas presents to vulnerable families all over Swansea.
Vicar of St Thomas’ Rev Steve Bunting said: “At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference in the Eastside of Swansea.
“For the fourth year running we will be offering a free Christmas meal on Christmas day for those who would like to join us and in January we will be opening our doors to the homeless for the Swansea Night Shelter.
“To help us raise vital funds, we’ll be relying on Co-op members. When a member buys selected products or services from the Co-op they earn a five per cent reward for themselves, with a further one per cent for local causes like ours.”
The Co-op is looking to support organisations that make a difference in their local communities by protecting & improving community spaces, helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills, or promoting health and wellbeing.
To support visit https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/39136 and choose St Thomas’ Church. People from all over the country can select this cause.
If you’re not a member and would like to help, you can join at your local store or online at www.coop.co.uk.
“When a community comes together we’re able to achieve great things,” Rev Steve said, “so we hope you can help promote our project. For more information about us, please visit facebook.com/stthomasswansea.”