The ‘Tree of Life’ created in the sand by the Merthyr Tydfil youth (photo by Andrew Jones)
By Ann-Marie Roberts
The Swansea public, who were willing to brave the cold for a walk along the beach Saturday 5th March, may have noticed an interesting piece of beach on Swansea Bay. A group of twenty nine youth created in the sand a 35 foot long ‘Tree of Life’ image depicting the love of God. These youth came from as far away as Aberystwyth, Newcastle Emlyn and Merthyr Tydfil to meet for a weekend of activities that included dance, sport and community service. Some of the youth sang and chatted to the residents of Glasfryn Nursing Home. Many of the youth felt a real connection with the elderly residents and they expressed the desire to return and spend more time there at a later date. Others worked on the gardens of a special needs school near Swansea city centre where a few of the members of Swansea ward work. The young men and women cleared bushes, leaves, and branches, dug out an old tree stump and dug over an area to be reseeded as well as cleaned the UPVC around the front of the school.
Everyone gave their best and enjoyed getting stuck into the tasks. Our youth really catch the vision of service.