Important Health Care Provision

We’re pleased to be able to report that as of the beginning of August, we are hosting a walk in clinic staffed by Swansea’s ‘homeless and vulnerable adults’ nurse, Jan Keauffling.
 
 This facility will be available to many of our friends in the city on Mon, Tue and Weds mornings from 8am, when we are open for breakfast for rough sleepers, (staffed by The Wallich), through until 11am each week.
 
 Jan had a wonderful facility and treatment room at the Cyrenians centre at St Matthews in High Street, which tragically had to close earlier this year. We can’t offer the same space, but it does mean Jan and her colleagues, can continue to function effectively among vulnerable patients and deliver excellent health care that is accessible, in a familiar venue. This is very much a short term solution, but it will partially fill an important gap.
 
 Thank you for your support in helping us to do this.
 


Over the years we have previously hosted numerous health days organised by Jan and her team of health professionals and in partnership with the Swansea School of Medicine and The Big Issue.
 
 See this link to see what other things we are doing at Zac’s Place to look out for those in crisis.

Martyn Joseph & Bob Harris OBE Concert

A Unique Evening With Martyn Joseph and Bob Harris OBE in support of Zac’s Place.

Saturday 4th July, 7.30pm
Zac’s Place, George Street,Swansea, SA1 4HH

Tickets £15 plus booking fee.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE


Martyn Joseph is pleased to announce what promises to be a very memorable and unique evening with his special guest Bob Harris OBE, in aid of Zac’s Place in Swansea.

Martyn’s Let Yourself Trust has been promoting and raising funds for Zac’s Place over the last 6 months on both sides of the Atlantic. Zac’s Place supports homeless people in crisis and provides them with new opportunities. For some it is the only safe haven in their lives, offering love, support and acceptance. The charity is the third project Let Yourself has been working with after a Children’s Theatre in Palestine and an orphanage in Guatemala, and this evening will be a beautiful culmination of their partnership and fund raising during this time as well as shining a light on the amazing work done at Zac’s Place.

The show will feature MJ doing what he does best, bringing his “stunning heartfelt music” to an intimate audience at Zac’s Place, along with Q and A time with both Martyn and Bob and also Sean Stillman, Zac’s founder, will talk about the inspiring work they do.

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk-funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music

Bob Harris is a legend, pure and simple.
Described by ‘Radio Times’ as ‘one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting and an independent champion of great music’ and by the ‘Mail On Sunday’ as ‘a national treasure’, Bob has been at the centre of the British music industry for nearly forty years.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share in what will be an unforgettable up close and personal event.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE

The Pro’s and Con’s of volunteering at Christmas

Christmas is a popular time for us to receive offers of help among the homeless and street community – maybe with helping at meals over this time. Quite often we have to turn away help and I hope in these few paragraphs it will explain why.

Please do not be offended if you have offered your help and services with us at Zac’s Place, or indeed to any other agency working with homeless and vulnerable people, over the Christmas period and not been given the opportunity to volunteer.

We appreciate people’s enthusiastic support and interest at Christmas time, but the reality is, helping out at a soup kitchen or drop-in centre can actually be very specialised work. It is not something that complete strangers can just drop in, in numbers and help out easily. Much of the work is with very fragile and sometimes unpredictable, volatile and chaotic people who respond to the support given to them best, when it’s built on long-term relationships.

At Zac’s place we have a very dedicated team of year round volunteers. One team of volunteers alongside support staff from the Wallich, open up at breakfast time 250 days a year. Another team of approximately a dozen volunteers staff our coffee bar and soup kitchen on a Thursday night which opens for 46 weeks every year.

In these, we work carefully in partnership with the City & County of Swansea rough sleeper’s task group, other organisations like the Wallich, Caer Las, Missionaries of Charity, Salvation Army, the Night Shelter, the Big Issue, prison chaplaincy and local drugs projects to ensure that the people we aim to help and support are looked after as best we can within safe boundaries of integrity and confidentiality.

Because of this, it is not easy for us to just open our doors to accept voluntary help for a single occasion to people who we simply do not know. Some of the people we support are very vulnerable and we would not want to expose them to any more potential risk than they already experience in daily life.

We and many of the other organisations in the city welcome volunteer support throughout the year. If you would like to support those who are homeless and vulnerable for other reasons, over the Christmas period, our advice would be to get involved with a project during the rest of the year in preparation, building up relationships and where there are specific ongoing needs for volunteers, financial support and other practical items also.

If the only time that you have available is over the Christmas period we understand this and would welcome other ways of contributing – drop in with some non perishable food tins with ring pulls , some toiletries or simply a gift of some jars of coffee and bags of sugar to keep the everyday wheels turning are really helpful things. New socks and underwear are always welcome – small pots of Vaseline to help keep trench foot at bay make a difference. Often when places of refuge are volunteer led, they are also donation funded – practical items are really helpful and will make a difference.

Thank you for your interest, support and understanding – with warmest Christmas greetings from us all at Zac’s Place

 

Street Theatre Project

Gritty Productions in association with Wales National Theatre are running a pilot street theatre project a Zac’s Place this week.
 Stories from the street community, working with actors devising material for a presentation this Friday – small ideas that we hope will develop into a bigger platform. Wonderful to see the creativity out of chaos.
 

Health Day Success

Thanks to all who took part in the Health Day at Zac’s Place on Nov 1st.

Many of our friends have complex problems and they are served best by a good team effort of dedicated volunteers and skilled professionals from across several agencies – which included the Big Issue, The Wallich, SANDS, nursing and mental health team staff from Cyrenians St Matthews, dental and podiatry experts and student nurses. Here’s some of the wonderful crew …


Karl from The Wallich who coordinates weekday breakfast provision at Zac’s

Pics by Liz from our Facebook page.

Annual Health Day Nov 1st

Health Day at Zac’s Place is on Friday 1st Nov running from 9am to noon. See the following poster for info…. A full range of check ups, advice and flu jabs in partnership with our friends at the Big Issue Cymru and The Wallich.