Updated: Dec 3, 2020
DECEMBER 2ND - INCLUDED
It matters how we treat our guests, as individuals and as a community. When they tell us they’ve been made to feel welcome, it’s something to be proud of.
One in twenty Welsh residents and one in ten Swansea residents were born outside the UK. Some are students, some are entrepreneurs who have found not only a new home but a place to build a business, and some are artists who’ve found peace, inspiration and freedom of expression.
Some of them, like Kevin and Andrea Delgado and their children Emily, Andres and Emma could become any of those things. The future belongs to them. In the first place they just want to make a contribution, and it’s our good fortune that they want to make it here.
The Delgado family are about to celebrate their first Christmas in Swansea since arriving here from their native El Salvador. Already they’ve become popular and valued members of the community. Last Saturday they joined us at St John’s Day Centre to share in our celebration of Cwmbwrla, Coronavirus and Community, the book that tells the story of our collective response to the pandemic that’s turned our world upside down in 2020. Kevin was one of the key contributors. He helped us to see Cwmbwrla and Swansea through the eyes of a new arrival who became a neighbour and then a friend.
Swansea has a rich history of welcoming new friends and encouraging them to make the most of their talent. Are you one of them? Tell us your story. Tell us how your life has been shaped and your talent nurtured by your new home, and how you’d like to help influence this part of the world for the 2020s. We want to hear your voice. We want you to be included.
When we look at our community through the eyes of the Delgado family, we see a place of kindness and welcome. We see the best of ourselves. So today we’d like to say thank you for that.
Thank you Kevin, Andrea, Emily, Andres and Emma.