Community Resilience & Coronavirus

Community Resilience & Coronavirus

basic I think we need to talk about community resilience and social cohesion, because as the wide-ranging implications of COVID19 become apparent, it’s becoming clear that people are going to need support in all kinds of different and changing ways.

Essentially, I think we have two options when faced with a threat like a coronavirus epidemic.  It’s either an individual survivalist response, or a broader perspective based on the belief that we survive and thrive together, and that in times of crisis we need each other more, not less. 

What is heartening to witness in my own local community, and right across South West Wales, is that people are choosing the latter: ordinary people saying, let’s figure out how we can mobilise collectively to support those that might need help in the coming weeks, and activate those who feel able to offer help. 

Just with simple things, initially, like collecting medicines and groceries for people who don’t want to leave their homes; but if the virus spreads or the crisis materialises, it’s these community social networks powered by local people that will provide resilience and give us the ability to support each other and work together.

Our suggestion is that we work together to form a network of community groups specifically focused on developing social cohesion and community resilience – sharing ideas and resources, connecting people who want to support their local communities in this way, and hopefully creating a basis upon which we can start to build lasting regional resilience.

We are meeting with Swansea Council for Voluntary Services in the next few days, along with other partners who may wish to collaborate, to consider safeguarding issues and other logistics.  And we would love to hear what you’re doing locally, have you got ideas you could share with others, would you like to be part of the conversation?

We have created an open map as a starting point, which community volunteers may wish to adopt as a means of coordinating activity in their local areas, and to be part of a “community of best practice” to share plans, ideas and resources.

You can begin adding your community volunteers to the map, and, as ever, we welcome all feedback and co-creation.

Contact us with your ideas and expertise, by emailing

Click here for basic map instructions.

4theRegion Job Vacancy November 2019

4theRegion Job Vacancy November 2019

Admin and Marketing Assistant

Admin and Marketing Assistant

About Us

4theRegion is a membership alliance of businesses, organisations and individuals who are committed to creating a flourishing future for South West Wales.  We run events, host conversations and lead grassroots projects across a range of different sectors, encouraging people and businesses to have a positive mindset about the region, and promoting collaboration towards shared outcomes.  We are keen to engage everyone who lives in the region in our mission, including young people, community groups, professionals, businesses and third sector organisations. Our vision is to transform the region within a decade, in alignment with the following seven well-being goals:

  • A prosperous region where local businesses are thriving, creating employment and reinvesting in their local communities in a way that regenerates the economy and the environment;
  • A resilient region where strong, connected communities are able to withstand and adapt to the societal impacts of climate change, economic shocks and technological shifts;
  • A more equal region where all young people have access to opportunity, where all jobs pay a living wage, and where everyone can live purposeful and dignified lives;
  • A healthier region where the physical and mental health of all people is a priority, high quality food is available to all, and the environment is regenerated to provide universal well-being;
  • Cohesive regional communities where diversity is valued, where we look after each other, and where people feel a sense of belonging, inclusion and ownership, whatever their background;
  • A creative and vibrant culture that makes this region an exciting and attractive place to live, with opportunities to use and celebrate Welsh language and heritage;
  • A globally responsible region where we are confidently leading the way in creating a circular economy and well-being for people and the planet, providing an example and an inspiration to others.

Our mission is to transform the region within a decade, by unlocking the potential of the region.  Day to day, we are running lots of events and meetings, getting out and about building relationships with people, collecting information about what different people and businesses are doing, connecting the dots and facilitating collaboration, and sharing good news about positive things that are happening across South West Wales.  

You can learn more about 4theRegion on our website at 

If you share our view that this is a brilliant place to live, work and visit, and want to help us make positive change happen for current and future generations, read on to learn more about our current vacancy.

About The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join our small hardworking team, who shares our passion for Swansea and South West Wales, and wants to help us build relationships with people and businesses across the region.

This job involves…

  • Event planning support
    Supporting the marketing and promotion of events, identifying target audiences and encouraging them to attend, booking venues and catering, arranging photography, setting up Eventbrite pages, managing registrations and creating name badges.
  • Member Relationships support
    Emailing, phoning and meeting with members to involve them in events and projects, learning about their needs and aspirations, making connections and facilitating introductions between people.
  • Writing
    Emailing people in a professional manner, creating short written articles for our blog and newsletter with updates on our activity and member news; attending meetings to take notes and create written reports; writing compelling social media posts.
  • Digital Assistance
    General digital marketing assistance including using all major social media platforms effectively; Able to learn new digital skills including basic Photoshop and InDesign skills to produce simple graphics for marketing and communications.
  • General Office Admin
    Calendar management, making appointments, emailing and responding to enquiries; Able to learn new admin skills where necessary including Xero, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, our Customer Relationship Management Software, Mailchimp etc.

About You

The ideal person for this job is….

  • Highly personable – You are likeable, approachable and someone who loves meeting people;
  • Confident and friendly – You are someone who presents themselves well and enjoys talking to people;
  • Fluent written skills – You are good at written communication, with correct spelling and punctuation;
  • Organised and methodical – You are able to work in a professional and organised way as part of a team;
  • Adaptable and willing to muck in – You’ll get on with whatever needs doing and use your initiative.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online via the following form.  The closing date is Monday 9th December.

Click here to complete the online application form.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities and we do not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, background or any other protected characteristics.  To ensure a fair review of your application, we will not have access to your name or contact details until after you have been selected for interview. We value your lived experience as well as any work experience, so make sure you tell us how your past experiences have benefitted you and what skills you have gained.  We are looking for someone with the right attitude rather than for specific qualifications. Relevant training will be provided on the job to help you acquire any specific skills you need.

We would prefer to receive applications via the online form.  A paper version of this form is also available below, and you can send it to us at 28 Uplands Crescent, Swansea SA2 0PB.  Alternatively, you can email your responses to

Click Here to Apply online now

Free parking offers for Small Business Saturday

Free parking offers for Small Business Saturday

Swansea city centre traders are being given an extra boost ahead of Small Business Saturday on December 1.
A free parking offer at The Quadrant and St David’s multi storey car parks aims to attract more shoppers and visitors.
The scheme, from 10am to 4pm, is funded by construction company Dawnus and by Swansea BID (Business Improvement District). They are working in partnership on the scheme with Swansea Council.
Dawnus – on behalf of the council – is carrying out the £12m Kingsway infrastructure project, set to transform one of the key arteries into and out of the city centre.
The Swansea-based company is keen to support business who may face disruption during the works, and to show its appreciation for their patience.
Mathew Morgan, regional director of Dawnus, said: “After meeting with Swansea BID to discuss ways in which we could support the city centre, we are pleased to back local firms on Small Business Saturday, by helping to fund this parking offer. Our construction team has worked very hard to complete works to The Kingsway South – the traffic switch over has now been successfully completed and the barriers have now been removed, to allow shoppers to access the area easily.”
Swansea BID chair Juliet Luporini said: “I encourage shoppers to take advantage of this opportunity to support local businesses and to make a good start on their Christmas shopping. We are fortunate to have a great mix of big names and smaller, independent businesses in the Swansea BID area, all of whom are gearing up for a lively Christmas period.”
Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “Small businesses are vitally important to our city centre now and to the area’s success in its very bright future. Our regeneration under way, including new city centre homes, a dramatically improved Kingsway, the digital village and the 3,500-capacity digital arena, will transform the area.
“It will see more people living in the city centre, working there and spending quality free time there. There’s free parking all year every Sunday in council car parks, after 3pm Monday-Saturday in the St David’s multi-story over the Christmas season – and the Kingsway is clear of roadwork’s until January 6. There are great attractions such as the Christmas Market, Santa’s Grotto and Waterfront Winterland.”