#Cwtch was a group of people who started out with the intention of providing a free community centred café and workshop space . This was a great Idea and something that seemed aligned with my beliefs about money. I spent 2-3 weeks at The Dolphin Hotel in Swansea City volunteering helping run the café and assisting where I could.
On the whole the #Cwtch in the Dolphin was a great experience was great and worked wonderfully for the local community. Some people argued that squatting is Illegal, and we shouldn’t be squatting the hotel. It was at that time perfectly legal to squat an unused building, though now the rules have changed and it has now been deemed Illegal to squat a “Residential Property”
With Squatting comes eviction and we did expect this, it was more of a case of when we would be evicted not if. Following the dolphin hotel we where evicted from JT Morgans Dept Store and Earlsmoore Respite Care Home, again these buildings where unused and were squatted legally.
I began to realise that this was not going to be a long term thing and that my energies was being taken up by the process of moving stuff from one squat to another and then basically sitting in a building to secure it as the last two buildings were not as suitable as a community centre as the Dolphin.
The group was making decisions on its next move. There were discussions about applying to the council for a building. That didn’t sit very well with me, because cwtch would become part of the current system and become part of some monetary equasion and get swallowed loosing it’s free ethos. It was either apply to the council or ask a building to be donated for a period of time , not a likely scenario as far as I could see.
With all this in mind I decided that I could no longer support the Cwtch Physically, it is a shame but I guess sometimes you have to move on. I had some great experiences whilst I was there and don’t regret a moment of it.