AS ONE of Swansea’s most visible and socially active businesses, Swansea Arena is afforded an enviable ability to connect with the local population. As well as benefiting corporately from this, the opportunity exists to give back to the community.
Joining together with Maggie’s, MIND Swansea and Swansea MAD, Swansea Arena will support the great work that these charities already do every year, by supporting fundraising, promoting, and ultimately helping to facilitate change in the local area.
The first of Swansea Arena’s Charity Partners, Maggie’s offer support to anyone with cancer, and their families, whether via assistance and guidance through financial concerns, or through emotional support. You’ll find their centre alongside Swansea’s Singleton Hospital and they also have an online presence for support too. A walk-in service, no referral or payment is required. www.maggies.org/our-centres/maggies-swansea/
Your local mental health charity, Swansea MIND aims to provide empowering advice and support to anyone experiencing any form of mental health concerns. With a focus on counselling, Swansea Mind tirelessly works to provide open, honest discussion through 1-to-1 wellbeing sessions and group support. www.swanseamind.org.uk
Working for a fair world in which people can be themselves and thrive, and based on Swansea High Street, Swansea MAD provides an inclusive, safe space for people to access advocacy, creative arts, digital inclusion, education, employability support, training, campaigning activities and projects to bring fairness and belonging. www.swanseamad.com
Lisa Mart from Swansea Arena said: “For any business, collaborating with and supporting local charitable organisations is the socially responsible thing to do. Connecting our customers with worthy causes can help raise awareness in ways that some charities may find difficult to do alone.
“These three charities have been chosen by our Arena Charity Committee – which is made up of staff across departments. This ensures that these chosen charities are close to our hearts, have already made a difference, and the whole team are engaged in their success.
“We hope that through these partnerships Charities will benefit from the increased exposure, fundraising opportunities, and access to resources and connectivity that we as a large business can provide. We all at Swansea Arena hope that these collaborations will create a positive impact in the region, and help to build a better place for us all.”
Lucia Osmond from Maggie’s Swansea commented: “On behalf of Maggie’s Swansea, we are delighted to be one of the Swansea Arena’s chosen charities. Maggie’s supports anyone living with cancer and as a charity relies solely on the generosity of the community it serves. We are excited to be working with the Arena and in addition to the partnership we will be holding our first Christmas concert at the Arena this coming December. Swansea Arena is such a beautiful venue and an asset to the locality, and we are delighted to be able to be part of their charitable goals.”
Emma James from Swansea Mind said: “Swansea Mind is a charitable incorporated organisation that works with, and for, people who experience mental health problems in the Swansea area. We’re a very small local charity and always grateful to partner with larger organisations. We’re very excited to be beginning a year of collaboration with Swansea Arena.”
Geraint Turner from Swansea MAD said: “Swansea MAD is a grassroots, anti-poverty, anti-racist, pro-equality, pro-environmental, inclusive Youth and Community charity. We’re really excited to have been chosen to be a Charity Partner and are looking forward to working with Swansea Arena this year.”