Active Travel Meeting for Schools & Families

Active Travel Meeting for Schools & Families

We are keen to see how we can encourage people of all ages to walk more because we know that walking not only helps to improve peoples’ mental and physical health and sense of wellbeing, it also makes for friendlier and less polluted neighbourhoods. 

We would love to see if we can co-create a project that brings together our ideas and yours, and which involves pupils, parents and teachers. So far our ideas include encouraging more children and young people to walk and cycle to school, and developing a pollution and traffic awareness campaign through the use of air quality monitors. But we know schools, pupils and parents will have lots of ideas too! 

Saturday 10th July
10:30am via Zoom
Register via Eventbrite

We’d like to invite you to a zoom meeting where we can share our ideas, and hear yours!  The Chair of Governors from a school in Butetown, Cardiff has been invited to tell us about the work they’ve been doing, and also a representative from Living Streets Cymru will tell us about their campaigns in schools up and down the country.

 

Walk with us!

Walk with us!

Did you know that May is National Walking Month? So what better time for me to relaunch my Wellbeing Walks from Swansea Wellbeing Centre. https://www.wellbeingswansea.co.uk/

The idea is to explore the many green spaces in Uplands, Brynmill and Mount Pleasant, admiring the views, having a good chat and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise along the way. Each week we head for a different venue, for example Victoria Park, the Vetch Community Gardens, Primrose Hill and Rosehill Quarry. There’s time for some local history, some memories from those who grew up and have lived locally, a poem or two (especially on the Dylan Thomas trail) and for finding out about the many community projects going on in the area.

For our first walk on Tuesday 4 May we paused in St James Gardens to get to know each other a little and look up in awe at the majestic redwood trees. Then we walked on to the beautiful Cwmdonkin Park. Here we stood under the pink blossom of the cherry trees and practised a mindful moment listening to the birdsong. It was all very restful and just what we needed after months in lockdown.

I’m looking forward to many more walks; there are still some places available, so do get in touch.
We meet at the Wellbeing Centre (Walter Rd, Burman St, Swansea SA1 5PQ) at 9.15 on Tuesdays.

Walks last an hour (finishing at 10.30), are £7 and bookable in blocks of 3 or 6.

Brigid Haines
www.letswalk.live
b.haines9@icloud.com
07951 393971

Croquet to be played at Brynmill Park until the end of September!

It must be at least 5 years since there was any official sport seen on the bowls green, but how time moves on! The surface at Brynmill Park may not match the legendary greens seen at Wimbledon and Langland golf course, but the fun and enjoyment of the players was evident all the way through the first afternoon session on May 4th.

Yes for the first time ever in Uplands, croquet players have been sighted! The Mumbles bowling Green was recently put in the naughty corner following a year of neglect when the grass gave up the ghost!! So Mumbles Croquet Club has come over Brynmill Park for several weeks, to see how it works for the club.  Our efforts today were well appreciated by some friendly young people who congregated around the bowls pavilion and ensured that a lovely aroma wafted over to us!

if you would like to see how the game is played come over between 2pm and 6pm on Monday or Tuesday and you may even be tempted to step on the green yourself. The person to contact is Richard Wood on 01792 412488 or via email: mumblescroquet@gmail.com

Can you help with our digital marketing?

We are looking for a volunteer Digital Marketing Assistant to join our project team, to contribute a few hours a week to support local promotion, social media communications and online mapping for our project to make Uplands greener, cleaner, more friendly and more walkable!

We are looking for someone who loves Uplands & Brynmill and wants to get involved with the community, with skills in social media, basic graphic design (eg Canva) and a general interest in digital media. Training, supervision and a reference will be provided by iCreate Ltd. Work from home or come into our local business office during the working week. Hours to suit you.

If you’re interested, please apply by email:  uplandsswanseagroup@livingstreets.org.uk

Community Crowdfunding

Community Crowdfunding

Uplands Living Streets is pleased to announce the launch of our community crowdfunding campaign with Crowdfund Swansea, for a project bringing people together for a greener, happier, more friendly and more walkable Uplands!

Over the last few months, we’ve been discussing lots of ideas to improve our local community, including:

  • cleaning up the back lanes,
  • planting wildflowers,
  • turning disused spaces into community gardens,
  • growing herbs and shrubs together,
  • community art and creativity,
  • creating a visual identity for Uplands,
  • reclaiming our pavements,
  • slowing down the traffic,
  • making Uplands more walkable,
  • making Uplands more cyclable,
  • monitoring and improving local air quality,
  • celebrating local history,
  • bringing people together for community activities,
  • and much more!

With the launch of our crowdfunding campaign, Onwards and Uplands, we hope to start bringing these ideas to fruition!  With your support and involvement, our volunteers will create small, beautiful interventions across Uplands and Brynmill to create a sense of pride, community spirit, inclusion and creativity.

From raised beds (planters) to grow herbs and shrubs, to “chatty benches” where people can get to know each other; from community art (inspired by the Keep the Mount Pleasant campaign) to an urban nature trail: let’s come together as neighbours and friends as we emerge from the COVID lockdown, and make sure everyone in Uplands & Brynmill feels welcome, included and appreciated.

We hope you will click here to donate to the crowdfunding campaign.  Plus, there are lots of other ways to help:

  • Volunteer to help with clearing back lanes and creating community gardens
  • Create artworks inspired by Uplands history, community and wildlife
  • Help us out with managing our social media activities
  • Come along to our online meetings to meet people and get involved

Email us to join our mailing list for meeting invitations and updates, or Join Us to be part of the team!

Click here to follow us on Facebook and Instagram – and please share and help us spread the word!

We want to involve everyone in our wonderful Uplands community.  Please share the below image with our Arabic-speaking friends, and let us know if you can help to translate our materials into other local languages!