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Join Us At The Swansea Vegan Festival, 15th July 2017

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Swansea Vegan Festival is back for 2017!

Join us at the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday 15th July from 10.30am- 5pm for Swanse Vegfest’s biggest and best event yet. There will be tasty food, cooking demos, sweet treats, health and beauty products, guest speakers, kids area, discussion groups, gifts, animal charities, ethical fashion, plus plenty of other information and inspiration!

The Environment Centre will be having a stall selling vegan cleaning products, food / snacks, bamboo toothbrushes, refillable and reusable products.

£2 Entry, under 12s free

There will be early access for disabled visitors from 10am providing an opportunity to do some shopping before the crowds arrive. For the full stall list and vistor information please visit-www.swanseavegfest.co.uk . See you there!

Environment Centre @ Troublemakers Festival – 14th & 15th July 2017

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Come to the Exchange Café and share your views, ideas and take action on the biggest issues facing the planet.

The Environment Centre’s Exchange Café will be popping up at the Volcano Troublemakers Festival on 14th and 15th July, and hosting a discussion about one of the biggest issues the planet faces today….Plastic Pollution!

All troublemakers know about the big problems facing our planet but they also know that by taking small actions collectively we can make a difference. Come and raise your own awareness about plastic, discuss the problems and the solutions and leave having taken a pledge to take a personal action in the battle against plastic pollution, with Sarah Kersey.

 

‘Living without plastic and creating a plastic free Swansea’

At the workshop we’ll be discussing:

– Plastic…the good, the bad and the ugly

– How Swansea is on the ‘front line’ of the battle against plastic pollution

– What are the solutions for a plastic free Swansea

– How we can all make a difference

There will be two workshops over the weekend, free entry:

14.00-16.00 Friday

16.00-18.00 Saturday

For the full Troublemakers programme, visit http://www.volcanotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/troublemakers-programme 

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 

We’re Hiring! Join us as Project Officer for a new Household Food Waste Scheme

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Eastside Food Waste Project Officer

Have you organised a few events in your community? Are you passionate about reducing the amount of waste produced in your local area? If this sounds like you, and you want to support people to help them make a lasting change in their lifestyle that will help both them and our environment, then you might be interested in working with us to manage an exciting new community project.

Swansea Environment Centre is looking for a Project Officer to manage a household food waste project in the Eastside areas of St Thomas and Port Tennant. We are looking for someone with a keen interest with working in and helping to better their community. Experience in project management or community development is desirable but not essential – if you are well organised, self-motivated, show initiative, and active within your community, plus have the skills to take this project forward; communicating and forming relationships with people and groups, organising events, and managing your own time and workload, we’d love to hear from you.

Please download the job description, application form, and equal opportunities form below, and return to info@environmentcentre.org.uk or Environment Centre, Old Telephone Exchange, Pier Street, Swansea, SA1 6EN by Midnight 7th December at the very latest.

Food Waste Project Officer Job Description

Application Form

Equal Opps Form

Everyone is welcome at the Green Fayre, 19th & 20th November 2016

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The Environment’s centre’s Green Fayre returns on 19th & 20th November 2016 to the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. The Green Fayre is a unique shopping experience with the environment and ethics at its heart. Open 10am – 5pm both days, the fayre offers visitors the opportunity to purchase locally-sourced and ethical products, be inspired by ways to live more sustainably, and to get involved with local and national campaigns.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend, with over 70 stalls including organic produce, fair trade products, local woodcraft, recycled craft, local artists, vegetarian and vegan food, ethical health and beauty products, green voluntary groups and much more. This year features a new programme of educational talks and activities across the weekend with guest speakers.

Organiser of the Fayre, Hannah Mitchell said “Whether you’d like to do a bit more for your local environment, need some tips or advice on how to save energy, want to stock up on local produce, or just looking for some unique Christmas presents, there really is something for everyone”.

With a programme of events, children’s activities and most importantly, FREE entry, the Green Fayre will be a great day out for all the family!

For the list of stalls and talks, go to www.greenfayre.org.uk and the Facebook event page is regularly updated with news and information: www.facebook.com/events/554024448096872/  let us know if you’re coming, and please do invite your friends!

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COParty(22)Swansea “Connecting Local Initiatives with Global Movements”, 18th November 2016

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Connecting Local Initiatives with Global Movements

COParty(22)Swansea is a celebration of the incredible grassroots projects happening in and around Swansea – from
local food growing & community energy schemes to eco-villages & new news networks.… Join us for some artivism, food, drink, dancing, films, live music – and GOOD news!

The event takes place on Friday 18th November, 7.30 -11pm at Volcano Theatre, 27 – 29 High Street.

Entry is £3, Flamboyant dress is optional! There will also be a collection for Swansea FOODBANK

To reserve your ticket click here

For more information contact fern@emergence-uk.org or call 07528 527836

COParty(22)Swansea marks the last day of the United Nations’ COP22 Climate Talks in Marrakech.

Part of Novemberfest 2016

New Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme

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Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme (SCEES) Ltd. is a not-for-profit Co-operative set-up in 2015. They are owned by members and are run by a small group of local Directors.

In Summer 2016 SCEES installed solar panels (360kWp) on 9 schools and 1 care home owned by the City & County of Swansea. These buildings are situated in and around the wards of Townhill and Penderry – some of Wales’s most deprived areas. Panels were installed at no cost to the building host who will make a small saving on their electricity bills and use the systems for educational purposes.

Solar PV panels make electricity from the sun for 20+ years. As they do, SCEES will earn income from Government subsidies and electricity sales. This money will be used to offer investors into the scheme an interest payment and will be used to generate a community benefit fund to support skills, enterprise, economic growth and job creation in the local area.

A community share offer will be launched on Monday 7th November 2016, offering circa. 6% annual interest. They are looking for minimum investments of £250 (£50 if you live in City and County of Swansea). If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.swanseacommunityenergy.org.uk