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Swansea Beach Soccer Tournament 2016

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UID FC took part in the beach soccer on Sunday and put in a very good performance. Out of the seven games played we won 5, drew 1 and lost 1.

The results were;

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An excellent run of results which saw UID scoring 15 goals whilst conceding only 4. The only defeat was by a single goal against quick young opposition in a very even game, which was not decided until the very late goal.

A very different day for the team as the loose sand surfaces were very demanding. This was best reflected by the comments regarding pitch size ending after the first match. The conditions taking their toll as players had to pull out injured. Those players who did make it to the end showed great character to keep going as the squad reduced in size to leave only one substitute available for the last game. It was most pleasant to be reminded that the team had said they would win the last three games after the one defeat after the final match. A final game with a very fitting and satisfying come from behind win against opponents who fought for every single ball.

Typically there was some concern whether we would have a team or not as the morning saw the continuation of the grey low clouds and drizzle which have replaced summer this year. It was important to get a team out there and to play with purpose. There were one or two absentees from the early player lists so we were lucky to have enough players in the end.

Thanks and congratulations go to the whole team! I hope that our players now rest and recover so we can put in some training sessions before our match in Talgarth in two weeks time. We have proved we can play and win against a variety of opponents today, so lets get ourselves prepared, then we can go to Talgarth and win too.

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Llangorse Respite Trip

On Sunday 10th July, asylum seekers and refugees living in the Swansea area were made very welcome in and around the Llangors lake area in Powys on a wonderful respite trip facilitated by Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for refugees (HBTS4R) and their incredibly kind supporters.

This is the ninth respite trip provided by HBTS4R since last December. These trips are very popular indeed and a vital break for those on the fringes of society who are limited in what activities they can do whilst experiencing high levels of anxiety due to waiting prolonged periods of time for Home Office decisions. Reactions and feedback from such trips are always of immense gratitude for being made so welcome in such amazingly beautiful places and the great activities provided.

We offer many thanks to all those that made this such a fantastic day for everyone involved;

Maria (SBASSG) speaks for us all in her feedback on the day.

I am writing on behalf of all of us (asylum seekers, refugees and volunteers) who benefited from your hospitality at Ty Mawr and Llangorse yesterday. We all had a wonderful time. I think it is the people who see our friends on a weekly basis that really notice a difference in their demeanour on a day like this. I don’t think I had ever seen one particular man smile before, his wife and children, one of whom he has never seen, are in his home country. He smiled and laughed yesterday and said to me that he was “feeling ok today”. What a testament to what you are doing.  Another man who had only been in Swansea for two weeks and can speak virtually no English, found a fellow ‘countryman’ who was keen to help him, having been in his position before. There was a lot of ‘signposting’ going on, which is invaluable.  Your kindness is so appreciated, but it is difficult for our friends to express this. We hear snippets of conversation on the way home about the delicious food, the kind people, the beautiful countryside and the peace. They ALL want to come again, most want to live near Brecon now! There was obviously an enormous amount of work and effort put in to organising and catering for such an event, but all I can say is that it was worth it. Exhausted from fresh air and exercise, full of wholesome food and clutching bags of gifts – 50+ people went home very happy yesterday. Thank you one and all.
Maria & Co

IMG_1394Many thanks from the folks at UiD for the kind donations brought back from our trip 🙂

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Well played UiD FC!

Saturday saw our second official game against another side, The Swansea Panthers.

It was an excellent turnout for our team with lots of players eager to have a go.

Many thanks to those that came along and played so hard/well against this long established team.

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Great Players – Great Fun!

Our training sessions are well established now with lots of people enjoying getting together on Sundays AND Wednesdays now. Following our match with Swansea university staff we are focussed on developing our game and having regular healthy fun as a team.

Stay tuned for news of playing other teams soon.

Unity in Diversity Football Training – Flyer-Map-Info

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Happy First Aid Trainees

Many thanks to Liam from British Red Cross for making the wonderful first-aid training sessions available to us.

We are very happy to have our community members showing off their new certificates.

If you would like to do first-aid training yourself please come and see us at UiD.

Photo Gallery: Please note that all photos are shared with express permission from those pictured.

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Good weather makes for great games

We are very happy to say that the football training sessions are in full swing now. The improving weather means we are getting high numbers which makes for more fun!!

Please remember that EVERYONE is welcome to join us.

UiD FC football training
Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm.
Sundays 2pm to 4pm.
Hafod Park Swansea – SA5 9LE

Please see our gallery below for recent pictures.

Volunteering at Coeden Fach

Coeden Fach

A great day spent meeting the folks at Coeden Fach, planting Hazel trees and a walk to Brandy Cove.

In our tree nursery we specialise in growing native, nut-bearing and fruit trees, from seed collected locally.  We sell these trees mostly bare root in the winter for hedging, woodland planting, orchards and gardens.  These local provenance trees help improve biodiversity in the Swansea area by providing habitat for the local wildlife.  We grow a selection of apple and other fruit trees in pots that we graft ourselves and fruit bushes such as blackcurrants and jostaberries. We also grow herbs and other perennial plants that we sell from the site and at local events. We have a selection of most of the plants we grow available in pots that can be bought and planted at any time of year.  Bare root sales are from November to March.  We are organic and peat free.
We run training courses throughout the year, teaching a variety of horticultural and arboricultural skills such as seed sowing, soft and hard wood cuttings, grafting, orchard pruning, and woodland management. We also run courses on permaculture, tool sharpening, green woodworking and willow basket making. Our courses are always very popular and well attended.We have a small dedicated team of staff, but most of the work at site is done by volunteers. We have volunteers of all ages, both individuals who come to our Tuesday and Thursday sessions and groups, schools and colleges. We work with many partnership organisations who work in the same area. 

Our site has nursery beds, a timber turf roofed shelter, a forest garden with fire pit and seating area, an orchard, pond and bee hive. It is a tranquil corner of south Gower.
We now have several people interested in volunteering regularly and to spread the word about this wonderful place. A very welcoming atmosphere indeed.
Please see bus times below
Bus times to get to and from Coeden Fach.

Bus times to get to and from Coeden Fach.

Official Bus Timetable – Click Here

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Storytelling – feedback from participants

Please take a moment to listen to participants at UiD talking about our current storytelling project. 

Building Stories, Vocabulary and Confidence

A great storytelling workshop with Carl Gough and the folks at UiD this evening. An excellent vocabulary building exercise using our imaginations to populate a very interesting story of our own. The feedback from these activities has been very positive. Many see it as a way of bridging the gap of not only language, but culture also. We’ve learned many things about each other’s traditions and the similarities and shared respect for storytelling. Many people are now getting up and sharing their stories which is greatly enjoyed by the group. Please enjoy this visual summary 😉