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Free Christmas dinner for Swansea's homeless, vulnerable and isolated

Swansea is coming together to spread festive cheer to people in need at a special Christmas event.

Together at Christmas 2017

Organised by JR Events and Catering, with support from Swansea Council, the 'Together at Christmas' event in the Brangwyn Hall on Tuesday December 12 will include a free, two-course Christmas dinner for homeless, vulnerable or isolated people in Swansea.

Lasting from noon until 3pm, the event will also feature a Christmas party experience, including a Christmas tree, Christmas crackers, live music, singers, a DJ and a photo booth.

Free services at the event, courtesy of local businesses, will include a hairdresser and dental specialists. Information points on housing support, employment schemes and welfare and benefits advice will also be made available.

Swansea Council is organising free transport to and from the event for people requiring it, with a staffed area even being set up outside the Brangwyn Hall for people's dogs to enjoy some festive treats.

Jessica Rice, Director of JR Events and Catering, said: "Last year's 'Together at Christmas' event was an outstanding success, but we're pulling out all the stops to make sure this year's event is even better.

"Everyone deserves some happiness at Christmas, so we hope the event will give festive cheer to as many homeless, vulnerable or isolated people in Swansea as possible.

"Kindly supported by Swansea Council and many businesses, charities and other organisations across the city, 'Together at Christmas' also gives local people the chance to volunteer their time on the day to help deliver a memorable afternoon for residents in our communities who are most in need."

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Energy and Building Services, said: "We're delighted to be working in such close partnership with JR Events and Catering once again to support such an important event.

"This builds on the work the council does every day to prevent homelessness in the first place and give support to people in Swansea who are homeless, vulnerable or isolated."

Cllr Will Evans, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said: "One of our key priorities as a council is tackling poverty, which is why lots of information and support, if needed, is being made available at the event to give people guidance on welfare and benefits, as well as employability schemes that can help people suffering from long-term unemployment back into the workplace.

"Our staff are now helping raise awareness of the event across the city to ensure as many people as possible benefit."

Contact Jessica Rice for more information about the event on or 01792 635253.

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