About Us

Our aims are to:

  • 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

Mission Statement

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

 Our Focus

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

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

We offer advice on sustainability issues and can link you with local experts. We can also help publicise your local environmental events and news stories.

We provide low-cost office space to environmental and community groups. Vacancies are rare, but do get in touch if you are interested.

We have a colour photocopier, laminator and guillotine, which member organisations are welcome to use. Our photocopying charges are some of the lowest in Swansea.

We have a range of meeting rooms, which we offer out for hire. The charges are very reasonable and we even offer a discount to charities. Find out more about this here.

We offer practical support and management to community groups and partnerships. We are experienced in project and financial management and are happy to share our expertise. We can even for a fee help you run this side of things, leaving you free to concentrate on delivery.

2) Information provision

This website is full of information about the environment. It also now has a multi-media Information Portal. You can access it at here.

We have an Eco 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.You can also access the internet and our Information Portal using our Touch screens.

Green Light, is our regular newsletter, which highlights local environmental stories and the work of the Environment Centre and its partners. Our ECNews email list features these stories and more. You can sign up to our newsletter 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 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.

We  offer a varied programme of activities for schools and community groups, plus in-service training and resources for teaching staff. We can also support school managers in developing curriculum ideas and environmental policies.

We offer training opportunities in a variety of environmental skills and issues.

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.

We administer the Swansea Environmental Education Forum. For more information see their website here.

Front of Centre Building

Our Building

We 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

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.

The Telephone Exchange in the 1900's

The Telephone Exchange in the 1900’s

Eco Annexe being built in 1999

Eco Annexe being built in 1999

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.

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.