A campaign to collect stationary for pupils in Gower has been launched this week by Tonia Antoniazzi MP and Rebecca Evans MS to help parents meet the rising costs of getting children ready to return to school in September.
People wishing to support the campaign can make donations of pens, pencils, pencil cases, erasers, rulers, notebooks, sharpeners and stationary sets at various drop off bins across Gower and Swansea.
Donations are being accepted up until pupils return to school in Libraries across Gower including Pennard, Oystermouth, Clydach, Gowerton, Pontarddulais, Gorseinon.
Tonia Antoniazzi, Member of Parliament for Gower said, “We’ve brought back this campaign to help parents who are being hit hard by the ongoing cost of living.”
“We’ve had a decade of falling behind when we should have been forging ahead. Instead, families are having to cut back during this time of insecurity.
“I want this campaign to ease a little bit of pressure on families and I want to make sure that every pupil has what they need for their education this upcoming school year.
Rebecca Evans MS, said: “Getting kitted out for the new school year can be really exciting, but with it comes with financial pressure. Our local stationary campaign is a great way to help with some of that.
“In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the Welsh Government has also just announced an increase to its grant for school uniforms, school trips and kit for children and teenagers in receipt of free school meals. The scheme is now open for all school years from reception to year 11.
“The grant this year is £225 per learner, or £300 for those going into year seven. All looked after children qualify for the grants, whether they receive free school meals or not. Check the council’s website for details of how to apply.”