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Homeless, vulnerable and isolated enjoy free Christmas party in Swansea

Scores of homeless, vulnerable and isolated people in Swansea have been treated to a free Christmas dinner and party.

Together at Christmas 2017

More than 200 people went along to the city's Brangwyn Hall on Tuesday afternoon (December 12) to enjoy the 'Together at Christmas' event, which was held for the second year running.

Organised by JR Events and Catering, with support from Swansea Council, the event included a free, two-course Christmas dinner, a Christmas tree, Christmas crackers, live music, singers, a DJ and a photo booth.

Information points on housing support, benefits and employment schemes were set up at the event. Courtesy of local businesses, free haircuts and dental checks were also made available.

Festive treats were organised for people's dogs in a staffed area outside the Brangwyn Hall, with the council providing free transport to and from the event.

Jessica Rice, of JR Events and Catering, said: "Huge credit should go to the many volunteers and local businesses who gave up their time and services for free to help deliver an event that gives festive cheer to many Swansea people in need.

"I'm delighted we were once again able to work in close partnership with Swansea Council to benefit homeless, vulnerable and isolated people in communities across the city because everyone deserves some happiness at Christmas.

"We're hopeful this will now become an annual event on Swansea's Christmas calendar."

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "This event builds on all the great work the council does throughout the year to prevent homelessness in the first place, support the city's rough sleepers and help the vulnerable and isolated in our communities.

"Working alongside JR Events and Catering, it's enormously satisfying that we've been able to give many Swansea people in need a memorable afternoon of festive food and Christmas entertainment. 

"The continuing success of this event shows what a caring city Swansea is, with so many people and businesses coming together for the benefit of others."

At the event, the council's trading standards team also arranged for 120 counterfeit jumpers and hoodies to be given to people in need.

The fake clothing had previously been confiscated during raids and donated to the His Church charity. The church regularly passes on counterfeit clothing to charities for redistribution to those in need.

Volunteers at His Church have been busy removing all the fake name labels from the wide selection of jumpers, rebranding them with the 'His' logo to save them from being destroyed.

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