Job Opportunity at The Environment Centre

Centre Manager

A part-time post (28 hours per week) based on £28,700 per annum pro rata FTE. Initially an 18-month contract which could be extended if sufficient funding is secured.

The Centre’s Trustees are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and well-organised professional to drive the Centre forward and secure its future funding, whilst providing leadership and day-to-day management support for staff, services and projects.

This post would suit someone with experience of project management, staff leadership and fundraising, within a context of community engagement and partnership working. We are seeking a hard-working individual who has great organisational and communication skills and a passion for sustainability and the environment. If you believe you have the right experience, skills and personal qualities to take on this challenging but rewarding role, we’d love to hear from you.

For the job description, personal specification, background information and job application form, please email: info@environmentcentre.org.uk.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact the Acting Centre Manager on 01792 480200.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5pm, Friday 18th October 2019. We expect interviews to take place in week starting Monday 4th November 2019.We are looking for the new Centre Manager to be able to start in January 2020.

Support Our Summer Collection

If you have any old £1 coins cluttering up your kitchen counter or lurking forgotten in pockets or purses, let us take them off your hands and put them to good use!

Every £1 donated will go into our building improvements fund and help us keep the centre and garden looking good.

Just drop them off when you come in for a coffee or to use the refill station.

New Products in the Green Shop

Are you looking for an alternative to regular wet wipes? We know you are, and we’re very excited to be able to provide one! These re-usable wipes are super soft and machine washable and locally made, perfect for make-up removal and general face-washing.

Gardener’s Friend is made from 100% Gower fleece and is a natural way to protect your plants from slugs and snails. Lay the fleece around your plants for an effective barrier which is harmless to children, pets and wildlife. The fleece will then naturally turn to compost at the end of the growing season. The fleece is also brilliant for water retention so is great to use in hanging baskets and troughs before adding compost.

Midsummer Exhibition and Workshop

Out and About by Mary Hayman

Extended by popular demand through the summer

Also another chance to take part in a workshop with the artist.

All welcome to draw and paint in the exhibition space or out in the garden. Also try felting with wool.

27th July, 10.30am – 1pm. All matierals proivded, £5 donation suggested, no booking required.

The Environment Centre is on Pier Street, Swansea (to the right of Morgan’s Hotel) and is open Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm. The exhibition room is often used for meetings and training events so please call first to check availability for exhibition viewing.

Environment Centre Supports TerraCycle Scheme

We are now a TerraCycle collection point

We are pleased to be part of this international initiative as one of a number of places across Swansea collecting ‘hard-to-recycle waste’ – things that can’t go in your normal household recycling. The scheme generates small amounts of money for the organisers, that are donated to local schools or community groups. For us, the rewards go to Waunarlwydd Primary School.

There is a wide range of items included in the scheme, though not all collection points accept the entire range. Here at the Environment Centre, we are happy to take charge of your bread bags, crisp and snack packets, biscuit and sweet wrappers, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes, spray trigger heads and tassimo pods and packaging. The table below gives lots of detail, and we have summarised it into our own list too.

Please do make sure you check carefully against the list which things you can bring!

There is a growing number of locations around Swansea offering these collections now. The waste is never landfilled or incinerated, only circular methods are used (reuse, upcycling or recycling). For more info see the TerraCycle website:


https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/about-terracycle/how_we_solve

Refill Station Popularity Increases

Data on the use of the Environment Centre’s Refill Station has been collected over the past two years and our volunteers recently analysed the figures and prepared an infographic display to illustrate some of the key changes over the past two years (see below). The Highlights include:

  • The range of products and brands has increased from 10 products and 3 brands in 2017 to 20 products and 4 brands currently available.
  • The level of refill sales has doubled from around 100 litres per month in 2017 to over 200 litres per month this year.
  • The total number of plastic bottles saved through refilling over the two years is approx. 2,800 (based on number of litres sold).
  • Refilling saves a significant amount of cost for customers but has also raised over £1,700 for the Environment Centre in the past two years.

Environmental Events Swansea 2019 Published

The 2019 Environmental Events Swansea booklet includes details of over
250 events taking place in and around Swansea from April to December. These include a wide variety of walks, talks, workshops and activities to encourage people of all ages to enjoy nature. Most of the events are FREE or at low cost so everyone can join in.
Look out for several special events and festivals during the year, such as Spring Clean Cymru in April; Wales Nature Week, Gower Walking Festival and Bike Week UK in June; the Beach Sculpture Festival in July; the Gower Show in August and the annual Green Fayre in November.
The Further Information section at the back of the booklet provides details of over 40 local organisations and projects that organise events and activities linked to the environment.

To download a copy – click here.

Sustainibbles Are Here

The Environment Centre is really pleased to now have a new fabulous range of paper-packaged foods. A great variety of products from our new suppliers Sustainibbles, who are based in Bridgend.
Sustainibbles aim is to help our community buy their grocery essentials without single use plastic, in an easy and accessible way. 
Through the use of paper bags, buying these products can help to reduce the ever-growing issue that is single use pack. 
The Environment Centre shares this goal and decided to support them by selling in our shop those new plastic free packaged merchandise.
The current stock includes pasta, rice, pulses, oats and flour and we are hoping to extend the range in the future. 
As well as being in recyclable packaging some of these foodstuffs are also organic.
This kind of packaging isn’t our first attempt at reducing non-decomposable materials in the world (starting from Swansea!).  We also sell bottle of house cleaning and personal hygiene liquids from Ecover, Bio-D, Suma and Faith in Nature and you once have bought the first one you can refill it here at The Centre as many times as you want, at a reduced cost.
If you want to try the new plastic-free products, or start your refilling habit, pop down to the shop!
We are open from 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.