About Us

Our Mission Statement

To raise awareness of environmental issues within all sections of the community, encourage active participation by individuals and organisations in environmental projects, and promote change towards a more sustainable future.

Our aims

  • Empower people to take action and improve their local environment
  • Develop joint solutions to sustainability issues, working with partners and local communities
  • Promote awareness of environmental challenges, especially among young people, community leaders and decision makers

Our work

The Centre was the first of its kind in Wales and our work can be divided into three main areas:

1) Support of environmental groups, projects and the local community

We provide low-cost office space to environmental and community groups and have office equipment, such as a colour photocopier and laminating machine, available to member organisations. Our photocopying charges are some of the lowest in Swansea.

We have meeting rooms available for hire at very reasonable rates with extra discounts for charities. Find out more about this here.

We offer administrative support and project management services to community groups and partnerships.

As an information hub, we can help organisations and projects promote their activities and events.

2) Information provision

We have an Info Hub displaying up-to-date information on local environmental events, campaigns and sustainable lifestyles. We have a range of leaflets, posters, newsletters and information sheets.

This website is full of information about environment issues and local events.

Green Light, our regular newsletter, highlights local environmental stories and the current work of the Environment Centre and its partners. You can sign up to our newsletter for free here.

We have a programme of exhibitions on environmental themes throughout the year.

We have a wealth of information and knowledge about Swansea’s environment and the people working to protect and enhance it. We are always happy to answer your questions and if we do not know the answer we can signpost you to a local experts.

3) Educational activity

We offer training opportunities in a variety of environmental skills and issues through a programme of workshops, talks and events.

We provide a first point of contact for teachers, pupils and members of the public interested in finding out about environmental issues or becoming involved in practical projects. Depending on the project funding available, we also offer activities for schools and community groups, plus in-service training and resources for teaching staff.

We offer the opportunity for better understanding of the local environment, the threats it faces and what we can all do to improve things by putting on exhibitions, special events and participating in local festivals.

The Environment Centre

Front of Centre BuildingWe have a small Green Shop, fair trade coffee shop, meeting and exhibition spaces, urban garden, information, office facilities, photocopying/laminating, internet access, demonstrations of renewable technologies and more.

We are an independent registered charity and Company Limited by Guarantee: Charity no. 1039378.

History of the Building

The Telephone Exchange in the 1900's

The Old Telephone Exchange in the 1900’s

The Environment Centre was set up by Swansea Environmental Forum, an association of statutory and voluntary organisations active in environmental work in South West Wales. Through the setting up of an environment centre, they sought to establish a base and focus for environmental information, education and activity in the area.

In 1989, Swansea City Council offered the Old Telephone Exchange in Pier Street for conversion into an environment centre, if the Forum was able to attract the necessary support and funding. Support was offered by dozens of people from the voluntary, statutory and business sectors.

In March 1994, the project was adopted to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales. HRH visited the site in May 1994 and a number of national companies and charitable trusts contributed substantial sums towards the renovation costs. The Centre was officially opened in April 1995 by the Prince of Wales on a return visit to the project.

Eco Annexe being built in 1999

Eco Annexe being built in 1999

In 1999 an Eco-Annexe was built to house the visitor centre. Since then more eco-features including a garden and wildlife pond have been added. Our garden is maintained by a group of volunteers and is designed to grow with nature.