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Vote Now! The Environment Centre is Shortlisted For Sainsbury’s Local Charity Of The Year

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Fantastic news!

The Environment Centre Swansea is one of three charities that have been shortlisted for Sainsbury’s Local Charity Of The Year (Swansea Quay Parade) Would you spare a moment to click and vote for the Environment Centre?

Please follow this link to vote online https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/

It is down to a customer vote who wins, voting ends on 26th June so there isn’t much time. When you follow the link above, type in Swansea and select the Quay Parade store, click select under The Environment Centre, then click submit.

Don’t forget you can vote on computers, tablets and phones. You can also vote in person at the Quay Parade store using tokens, the box is situated in front of the basket tills before you checkout.

Please please please share this with your friends, family and work colleagues, this is a huge opportunity for the Environment Centre to make a difference in the local community, and will help give the Centre some essential support and financial security for the coming year.

Thanks for your support!

Double Your Donation: New “Heat Our Hall” Appeal Launch On 22nd June 2017

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The Environment Centre has a new appeal being launched on Thursday 22nd June, raising money to replace the heating system in the hall. If you’re a regular user of the Centre, you’ll know that our heating system is old, inefficient and in desperate need of replacing!

If you donate up to £25 via our Local Giving page on 22nd June, your donation will be doubled*! If you are unable to donate on that day, we will be continuing the appeal throughout the summer so there will be further opportunities to help us raise funds.

Please click the following link on 22nd June to donate… www.localgiving.org/appeal/heatourhall 

If you are not able to donate on the 22nd, or you missed the date, you can still make a donation afterwards as we will keep the appeal open throughout the summer.

(*donations of up to £25 will be doubled on 22nd June 2017, to a maximum of £250 for the Environment Centre, whilst Local Giving funds are available. The Centre will also receive £200 match funding on top of what is raised during the appeal.)

Thanks for your support!

Handmade Journal Workshop, 8th July 2017

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Create something beautiful using re-purposed paper and materials! On Saturday 8th July 2017 at The Environment Centre, 10am – 2pm, join Nina Vangerow, experienced mixed media and textile artist, for a workshop showing you how to make your own unique little journal / keepsake notebook. You’ll learn to use saddle stitch with a variety of paper including book pages, magazines, envelopes and other re-purposed paper. The workshop is suitable for beginners, and no previous experience is necessary.
All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along any paper, images from books/magazines, washi tape, fabrics or any other material you might like to include in your notebook.

The cost is £12.50 p/person and booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book, contact Tel. (01792) 480200 or email bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk, card payments accepted, bookings are only accepted with payment in full.

Bike Week 10th – 18th June 2017

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“Get on your bike!” It’s Bike Week from 10th – 18th June, and there are lots of cycle related events and activities in Swansea for everyone to get involved in. 

Highlights include:

Wheelrights Cappuccino Rides! Tuesday 13th June (and fortnightly throughout the summer): These gentle sociable rides are mostly on traffic free paths, over short distances and are aimed at new and less confident cyclists (men and women). Meet in the Environment Centre Café, Pier Street, Swansea SA1 1RY at 1pm. The destination and distance will be decided on the day to suit those who turn up, and is also weather dependent.

Tuesday 13th June 7pm at Environment Centre:   “From the Station to the Sea” A Public Meeting to discuss ways of making Swansea High St a place for people, and link with Cycling UK`s  “Space for Cycling” campaign. Speaker Carrie Rhys-Davies (from High St – 2 – Sea project)

Saturday 17th June  11am -2pm  “Family Fun Day” at Bikeability, Dunvant Rugby Club. Bikeability are a leading charity providing bike training up to National Standards  (incl on busy roads). They also give lorry drivers “bike awareness training” and will have a couple of large lorries available for visitors to climb into their cabs, see their blind spots etc Plus BBQ and Dr Bike, all for a donation of £2.50 

For more cycle rides and events visit the Wheelrights event page 

Free Love Food Hate Waste Interactive Session 28th June 2017

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The Environment Centre’s Food Waste Officer, El Evans, has organised a FREE interactive Love Food Hate Waste session on Wednesday 28th June, 10.30am – 12.30pm, in the St Thomas area of Swansea.

Your food does its job best when it’s on a plate ready to be enjoyed. Saving food saves money and helps to slow down global warming and deforestation. Reducing the amount of food that ends up in the bin also means you can say goodbye to unnecessary packaging waste. If we all make a few small changes and start using up the food we buy, together we can make a big difference.

The session includes top tips to help you make the most of your food and save up to £60 a month, and ideas on how to pass the message on to help your friends, family and community do the same. Refreshments will be provided.

To book your place contact El Evans T. 01792 480200, text 07505 843941, or email el@environmentcentre.org.uk

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New Community Solar Power Share Offer

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Want to know how you can own your own solar energy? Go along the free launch event for Gower Regeneration Ltd – the first community-owned solar farm in Wales! The launch event will take place at the Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Swansea on 12th May 2017, at 7pm.

Hear from inspiring speakers, enjoy the delicious refreshments and take advantage of the Kid’s Club available – all free of charge. You’ll be able to find out how community-owned renewables work, and how you can get involved.

Shares in the newly constructed solar farm are being sold so that the farm becomes community-owned. After paying investors a projected annual return of 5% interest, any surplus will be put into local projects to support education, training, employment and the rural economy.

Booking for the launch event is essential. Register your free tickets here: http://bit.ly/GowerRegenLaunch

To find out more about the project, visit http://regengower.co.uk/ 

 

New Swansea Green Spaces Map From Sustainable Swansea

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Sustainable Swansea have produced a brand new Swansea Green Spaces Map, the latest of a series of Green Maps that they have produced over the past 12 years. The map shows some of the many amazing green spaces in and around the Swansea area, from nature reserves to small community parks, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Some of the places will be well known but they hope too, that you will find many sites that you haven’t heard of before.

You can pick up a paper copy from the Environment Centre, download the PDF from the Sustainable Swansea website,  or there is an online version on the Open Green Map website.
In the online version you can find more sites that couldn’t fit on the printed map, and also the opportunity to comment on your visits. Sustainable Swansea would like to find out what you think about Swansea’s green spaces, so be sure to leave a message on the website.

Paper copies will also soon be available in museums, cafes, housing offices, community centres and lots of other venues around Swansea. So get yours now in time for summer and get exploring!

A catalogue of all the previous Swansea Green Maps can be found here , including maps for Central Swansea, Penderry, St Thomas & Port Tennant, Gower, Pontarddulais and Morriston.

Sustainable Swansea is a project of Swansea Environmental Forum and have an office in the Environment Centre building. Contact Dai or Delyth on (01792) 480200 if you’d like more information.

Eastside Food Waste Project Up And Running

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The newest part-time member of the Environment Centre team, El Evans, has been working on a brand new project for the Eastside area of Swansea tackling food waste and recycling.

It has been reported that UK households waste around a staggering £12.5 billion worth of good food and drink each year, costing the average family with children around £700 a year. Wasting food and drink is not only a waste of money, it is also a waste of energy and natural resources which went into the production, storage, preparation, packaging and transport of that food!

El is working with the community specifically in St Thomas and Port Tennant areas, providing information about how to make the most of your food, use leftovers, recycle food waste and save money. She is visiting schools, community groups, churches and libraries providing help and advice. If you live in this area and would like to get involved, please contact El on (01792) 480200 el@environmentcentre.org.uk