Doctor and nurses want to Cwtch!
SWANSEA Bay's bid to become the UK City of Culture has received the backing of the area's health board.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board has joined stars such as Michael Sheen, Michael Laudrup and Russell T Davies in getting behind Swansea Bay's Cwtch the Bid campaign.
Prue Thimbleby, a willow sculptor and the ABMU arts in health co-ordinator, said: "We are really excited to be supporting the City of Culture bid. Arts and culture have a direct effect on people's wellbeing, and there is a tremendous amount of evidence now that shows the positive impact art has on improving health."
ABMU's contribution to the bid will include its story-telling work, which covers two threads. The first is patients' own stories, where patients record personal accounts of their experiences.
The second thread is Stories Aloud, which is a long term project where volunteers are trained to read and tell stories to individual and groups of patients. They might include patients who are too ill to read themselves, or have sight problems.
Chairman Andrew Davies said: "ABMU is fully behind the City of Culture bid. This is a great opportunity for the Swansea Region to build on its tremendous achievements and legacy in the arts. As a partner of the bid we will use this opportunity to embed the arts in the wellbeing of our communities."
It has been shortlisted along with Hull, Leicester and Dundee. The winner will be announced in November. Today Welsh Secretary David Jones is visiting Swansea to support the bid.