Our Current Appeal: Help Heat Our Hall!

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The Environment Centre is currently 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! It may be warm now but Autumn and Winter will soon be upon us, as a small charity we do not have the funds to undertake such a large project, which is why we have launched this appeal.

Lots of local community groups and charities regularly use our hall including Swansea Carers Centre, Wheelrights, Swansea Organic Gardening Group, Swansea Friends of the Earth, Bikeability, The More Green Project, Women 4 Resources, Sustrans, RSPB, Swansea Ramblers, Oxfam, NCT, Barnardos, Helping Groups To Grow, and many more. It is used for training sessions, talks, board meetings, courses, meditation, tai chi, and film showings. We would love to provide a warm and welcoming meeting space for our users.

If you can help, please make a donation via our Local Giving page . We have already raised over £800 to date (07/07/17) however there’s a long way to go! We can also accept donations over the phone or by dropping money in in person.

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 

Community Solar Power Share Offer

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Having carefully nurtured the project from concept since 2014, Gower Regeneration secured a £1m loan from Welsh Government to build a solar farm in Swansea by the end of March 2017.

With a proven track record of putting assets into community ownership, they are offering you a chance to co-own a solar farm that is already in operation! 

Offering a 5% annual interest payment, and a forecast surplus of over £500k to support other social enterprises in the local area, they invite you to join them on this fantastic journey. The share offer has been extended to 28th July 2017, and so far they have received over £600k investment.

To invest or 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.

2017 Environmental Events Leaflet Out Now!

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The 2017 Environmental Events leaflet is out now, jam packed with events in Swansea covering April – December. This year the booklet is in a slightly bigger A5 format to include the information in both Welsh and English. Paper copies of the booklet can be picked up from the Environment Centre 10 – 4 Mon – Fri, or 10 – 2 Saturdays, or at other tourist locations across the county, or you can visit this link to view the online version.

The booklet provides well over 200 events taking place in and around Swansea including guided walks, cycle rides, workshops, training courses, childrens activities, festivals and events such as our annual Green Fayre.  There really is something for everyone!

The Environmental Events booklet is produced by the City and County of Swansea’s Nature Conservation Team with funding from the Welsh Government Single Revenue Grant.

 

Volunteering Opportunities At The Environment Centre – Do You Have Some Spare Time?!

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The Environment Centre has a fantastic team of volunteers who help run the Green Shop and cafe, we currently have vacancies on Fridays and Saturdays. Do you have spare time to volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to learn customer service skills, learn hygiene and service skills, find out about different eco-friendly products and local groups, and meet and greet different people every day in a friendly local charity. We offer volunteer opportunities to a wide range of people including people looking for a job, people on a work break, part-time workers, students, or retired people. We provide training and regular meet-ups with the other volunteers.

If you’re interested please contact Anita Houten T. (01792) 480200 or email education@environmentcentre.org.uk

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: It’s Time To Put Fairtrade In Your Break!

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There will be lots of events and activities in Swansea helping to raise awareness about Fairtrade this Fairtrade Fortnight, from 27th Feb to 12th March 2017. Fairtrade gives better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade to farmers and workers – you can help transform lives every day. Find out more at the Fairtrade Foundation website.

This year the theme is to put Fairtrade in your break, using certified products such as tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit and cakes.

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Photographer: Theo Hessing/OBR Studios

Leonidas is a banana farmer. Before Fairtrade, he struggled to attract a price for his bananas that even covered his costs.

 ‘Before Fairtrade we were losing money… now we are getting a better price when selling our boxes of bananas. We used to sell our boxes and see no profit out of it; we were not calculating the exportation costs. Fairtrade has trained us, now we know the real price of a box and that allows us to negotiate.’

‘We feel valued, respected. Even the traders see that we are stronger in that sense.’

‘If it weren’t for Fairtrade we would have sold our land.’

You can find out more about Leonidas’ co-operative BANAFRUCOOP here and in this video featuring fellow BANAFRUCOOP member, Julio Mercado Cantillo.

Swansea Fair Trade Forum have put together a list of events and activities happening in Swansea – see the pdf poster below. Also here at the Environment Centre’s Exchange Cafe we will be holding a Fairtrade Cake Break on 1st March 2017 between 10am and 4pm. There will be freshly made vegan cakes on sale created with Fairtrade ingredients (only available while stock lasts!) alongside a selection of Fairtrade teas and coffees. Info about fair trade and the Swansea Fair Trade Forum will also be on display – everybody welcome!

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