Tourism update - 3 December 2021
Supporting our local tourism industry through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Free bus services return in the lead up to Christmas
The hugely-popular free bus offer in the city is back every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in the countdown to Christmas and for the whole week of 18 - 24 December and 27 - 31 December.
This offer is for journeys that start and finish within the Swansea Council area.
All journeys must start before 7.00pm
Find out more: Free bus services
Welsh Language Rights Day - 7 December
December 7 is Welsh Language Rights Day. This day was created by the Welsh Language Commissioner to promote the use of Welsh language services provided by public bodies in Wales under the Welsh Language Standards of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. Under the Measure our students, our staff and members of the public are entitled to Welsh language services in the College.
Don't forget that businesses in Wales can use Welsh confidently with the help of Helo Blod's free Welsh translation and advice service. Online businesses can also benefit from the service.
Helo Blod's here to help with all kinds of bilingual promotion, including websites, social media posts, marketing materials, labels and packaging, newsletters, signage, email signatures and answerphone messages.
Visit businesswales.gov.wales/heloblod/ to find out more.
HMRC and Acas: Helping employers get the National Minimum Wage right - 7 December
HMRC's National Minimum Wage Team are offering a live webinar, where they will be joined by colleagues from Acas, talking through some of the more common issues that lead to underpayment and what support is available to help you avoid them.
Kickstart scheme - ends 17 December
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding until 17 December 2021 which covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions
Visit the Business Wales website for more details.
Are you looking for staff for Christmas and New Year?
Most colleges are happy to post vacancies on their websites - you can find more information on these skills and recruitment page under 'Posting job vacancies with local providers'. If your local college is not listed here, contact them direct or check out their website.
For information on support with recruiting and training staff please visit the skills and recruitment pages on the Visit Wales website, which include links to Jobcentre Plus, Personal Learning Accounts and the Flexible Skills Programme for Tourism and Hospitality.
Be Mighty this Christmas
The 'Be Mighty. Recycle' campaign is back to encourage everyone to keep recycling this Christmas; as we create more waste with the extra food we consume and the mountain of packaging from Christmas gifts that we give or receive.
To support the campaign on your social media channels, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to the campaign assets.
There is also the opportunity to enter a Christmas competition for the chance to win a festive hamper: Just follow @WalesRecycles on Twitter and Facebook.
Find out more on www.bemightyrecycle.org.uk
Arena sparkles in Christmas build-up
Swansea Arena has been sparkling in recent days as early lighting tests continue at the venue. Over 1,600 gold-coloured panels have now been installed around the outside of the development, complete with 95,000 LED lights.
Many thousands of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will have noticed the most recent tests, with thousands of sparkling white lights giving the arena a festive look in the early evenings in the build-up to Christmas.
Further preparatory tests will take place in coming weeks and months.
The tests will help determine what works best on the arena's façade to better understand how it can be used in future.
Read full story and watch video: Arena sparkles in Christmas build-up
Reminder - NHS COVID Pass: promotional pack
The NHS COVID Pass: promotional pack can be downloaded from the Welsh Government website. Businesses are encouraged to display and share these posters, images and videos to promote and explain the NHS COVID Pass.
First design proposals revealed for city centre local services hub
Proposed designs have been unveiled for a new central Swansea location for the city's main library and other key services.
The drawings by architects Austin-Smith:Lord Ltd - on behalf of the council - reveal a new look for the former BHS/What! building.
They appear in a new document that supports a council application to change the use of the building from shopping to a community hub.
The design document says that the appearance of the new-look building - built in the 1950s - should have "impact" appropriate to a public building, with open and active shop frontages to maintain vibrancy to Oxford St and Princess Way.
It is proposed that the ground floor exterior is largely windows and that upper floors feature large glazed openings to show activity and a welcoming ethos.
It is planned that cladding will give the building a more consistent look than at present. Translucent cladding could be backlit to act as a beacon to help attract visitors.
There are proposals to have a green wall and planting on a roof area.
Inside, the library would act as a "spine" and there'd be a feature grand central staircase.
In under two years the building is due to be a local services hub. Current proposals are that it will offer easy access to council services, including the library that's set to move from the Civic Centre. It'll be joined by a range of other services - and the hub could potentially offer access to the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
The change of use application will now be considered by Swansea planners.
The public, who have already been consulted about the original concept, can have a say on the change of use plan here - www.bit.ly/HubApplic
New anti-social behaviour rules to help Swansea city centre become a more welcoming place to live in, work in and visit
A city centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) now applies to behaviour such as drug-taking and drunkenness - and everybody are asked to comply.
The PSPO - part of a broader and coordinated Swansea approach to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and street vulnerability - is designed to boost the city centre which is already being improved. A £1bn regeneration programme is delivering eye-catching developments such as Swansea Arena, an all-day Wind Street and a greener, more attractive Kingsway.
The PSPO - which had widespread public support in a recent consultation - means that alcohol and drugs being consumed on the streets can be confiscated before the situation becomes a problem. Fixed penalty notices can be issued for ASB such as swearing and aggression. Other action could also be taken to deal with persistent troublemakers.
A three-month PSPO trial has now started in areas currently patrolled by the city centre rangers plus the Marina and Copr Bay coastal park when it opens next year. If successful, PSPOs could be introduced in areas such as SA1, Swansea Beach and the centre of Morriston.
Separate PSPOs are being developed for two other locations with a history of ASB - a lane off St Helen's Road and a tunnel linking The Strand with the High Street.
Community Changemakers Fund - closes 23 December
South West Wales Connected Community Rail Partnership has re-launched a community grant fund to support communities along the railway line to make change happen in their local places.
The Community Changemakers fund will directly support groups and organisations who want to drive positive local change.
The deadline for applications is 23 December.
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