Covid-19 update for tourism businesses - 26 November 2021
Supporting our local tourism industry through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Christmas Gift Ideas Campaign - live
Our new Christmas Gift Ideas campaign is now live! These festive pages encourage our customers to give a little bit of Swansea Bay as a Christmas Gift to their loved ones! Visit Swansea Bay Partners can feature in one or more of three sections promoting different gift ideas.
If you have an online shop, then the Mail Order section is ideal - this can showcase a range of different gifts - from baked festive treats and Christmas hampers to arts & crafts. There is also a Gift Vouchers section and a Gift Experience page - where the customer can purchase a bespoke experience for their loved one - for them to enjoy at a later date.
The gifts will be promoted across our social media platforms right up to the Big Day, encouraging our 83k followers on Facebook and 17.9k followers on Twitter to share their love of Swansea Bay with their family and friends this Christmas.
If you would like to take part, email Tourism.Team@swansea.gov.uk
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 December 18 - 24 and December 27 - 31.
This offer is for journeys that start and finish within the Swansea Council area.
All journeys must start before 7.00pm
Swansea Christmas Parade - Highlights
Sunday 21 November 2021 saw the welcome return of our annual Christmas Parade brought to you by Swansea Council, and what a spectacular return it was! Dancers, bands, choirs, floats, inflatables, fireworks, light-up characters, princesses, superheroes and more were all on display - and of course Santa on his sleigh, who switched on the Christmas lights and brought the festive season to Swansea.
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 gov.wales/HeloBlod to find out more.
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 our 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.
RNLI Lifeguards wanted for 2022
Have you ever thought about becoming a professional beach lifeguard?
The RNLI are recruiting for 2022 and offering great pay and all the training and experience you need.
Lifeguards operate from Easter to mid-September and cover Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire.
Their diverse team include professional lifeguards, students, doctors, paramedics, dentists and teachers, all working alongside their studies or employment.
Full time, part time and casual positions are all available for 2022.
Interested? Get in touch with the RNLI now
Community Changemakers Fund - South West Wales
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.
Sign our climate pledge
The council's online Climate Pledge Wall allows individuals and groups take a swift and simple step to tell others how they're helping the planet.
The council aims to become net zero by 2030 and to make the city net zero by 2050.
Great ideas for individual pledges include changing to a 100% renewable energy supplier, reducing your amount of driving by walking or riding a bike - and shopping locally to cut emissions.
Local businesses and community groups are also being urged to make their pledge setting how they will contribute to a net zero Swansea.
The council is already going greener and has signed a charter on climate action that makes a commitment to take action on climate change, biodiversity and nature.
If you'd like to publicly state your wish to help make Swansea net zero carbon, sign the city's climate pledge now - www.swansea.gov.uk/climatepledge
Work to start this month on major new Swansea office development
Construction work will start later this month on a major new office development at the former Oceana nightclub site in Swansea.
Providing space for 600 jobs, the development set for 71/72 The Kingsway will include 114,000 square feet of commercial floorspace with flexible co-working and office opportunities for innovative tech, digital and creative sector businesses.
Due for completion in the summer of 2023, the five-storey scheme will be carbon zero and worth £32.6 million to Swansea's economy once complete and in operation.
The scheme will feature state-of-the-art digital connectivity, a roof terrace, plenty of greenery, and balconies overlooking the city centre and Swansea Bay.
Glynn Vivian becomes first UK Art Gallery of Sanctuary
Swansea Council's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has become the first in the UK to be awarded the accolade Art Gallery of Sanctuary.
Sanctuary Awards - backed by the UK City of Sanctuary movement - celebrate the commitment of organisations to ensure a warm welcome and inclusivity for all.
Last year, Swansea celebrated 10 years as a City of Sanctuary, and the gallery's award helps to illustrate the area's ongoing support of refugees and people seeking asylum.
Over the past six years, the Glynn Vivian has worked with Swansea City of Sanctuary to offer weekly art sessions led by and for refugees and people seeking asylum in the local community
Events coming up in Swansea Bay
26 Nov - 21 Dec: Swansea Christmas Market, City Centre
10 Dec - 02 Jan: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Swansea Grand Theatre
Until 3 Jan: Waterfront Winterland
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