Swansea BID connects businesses with community initiatives via new platform
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Swansea BID connects businesses with community initiatives via new platform

Swansea BID connects businesses with community initiatives via new platform
Swansea BID and Swansea Community Farm

A platform aimed at connecting local businesses with community initiatives has been launched in Swansea.

Swansea Business Improvement District (BID) introduces its members to Neighbourly. The initiative enables businesses to offer volunteer time, services and resources to local charities and projects, promoting social responsibility and community engagement.

It supports a wide range of initiatives including food donations, employee volunteering and community grants, helping to address pressing social issues and develop local communities.

Andrew Douglas, Swansea BID’s head of operations, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be able to bring Neighbourly to our BID businesses. With over 800 businesses based in our BID area it means local causes have the opportunity to receive direct support from a huge number of businesses, while also giving businesses the chance to give back to causes that need their help most.”

A local cause registered on the Neighbourly platform is Swansea Community Farm. This community-led charity, based in Fforestfach, exists to improve wellbeing, develop skills and create a sense of belonging by looking after animals, local wildlife and community farmland.

Kate Gibbs, Chief Executive of Swansea Community Farm, said:

“It’s vital for businesses to support charities like ours because we help people in immediate need in Swansea, helping them improve their lives and communities. Our farm is more than just a city farm; it’s a wellbeing project for people with poor mental health who see significant improvements as a result of our work. Bringing businesses and charities together encourages mutual support and learning, which benefits everyone involved.”

The launch of Neighbourly follows on from the successful rollout of the Billy Chip scheme, where members of the public can purchase BillyChips from participating food and drink outlets and then donate them to homeless people instead of cash.