May Regional Round-Up

May Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Have your say on the future skills agenda in South West Wales
YOUR involvement in the Employment and Skills Plan for 2022-2025 is KEY to ensuring that RLSP inform Welsh Government what skills are required in our region and where their funding needs to be allocated in order to fulfil the skills demands identified. Click here to complete the survey. Last chance to have your say about the skills gaps or recruitment issues in your business. The deadline is May 10th. Please pass on the survey to your business contacts and encourage them to participate and voice their opinions on skills in South West Wales.

A Fantastic Apprenticeship Opportunity from our members ITeC Digital Training!
If you know anyone interested in applying for this role, share the post with them! Read More

Find your perfect job!
Here you’ll find all of Llamau’s current openings. Have a look and see if any suit you.

Careers at DVLA
They’ve got loads of career opportunities at DVLA – including some jobs you’d never expect. Take a look

Jobs and Working at UWTSD
UWTSD are proud of their dedicated and talented employees and they work together as a team to make a difference to the lives of their students and the communities they serve. ‘Transforming education, transforming lives’ is their mission. If you would like to join them on this journey and make a difference too, then they would love to hear from you. Read More

Jobs at Natural Resources Wales
Natural resources in Wales are fantastic. It’s the job of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us. The people who work in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality. Read More

Brace the Brecons
Will you take on this walking challenge in Wales’ iconic Brecon Beacons through the scenic and demanding landscape whilst fundraising for Llamau? Grab your ticket!

Job Vacancies at NPTC Group of Colleges
NPTC Group of Colleges is a thriving Further Education College, employing nearly 900 professional and dedicated staff, on a full-time, part-time and sessional basis, across 9 campuses throughout Neath Port Talbot and Powys. Read More

Work with the National Botanic Garden of Wales
The Garden offers a range of job opportunities from horticulture and education to administration and catering. All types of job opportunities currently available at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be listed here.

Are you looking for an exciting new role?
Day’s Motor Group are looking to recruit a Maintenance Controller to join their busy Vehicle Rental Maintenance Team in Garngoch and a motivated and enthusiastic Credit Controller to join their Central Accounts team in Swansea.

Communications coordinator
The Development Bank of Wales are recruiting a Communications coordinator based out of Cardiff/Wrexham/Llanelli. The Development Bank of Wales is a unique resource for Wales and a unique place to work. They’re here to help to make Wales a better place to work, live and do business. Read More

Current Jobs at Gower College Swansea
Gower College Swansea’s mission is to inspire and support their learners to achieve their full potential through the delivery of the highest quality of education and training. Thanks to their highly committed and talented staff, they are able to provide outstanding learning and training opportunities for young people, adults and employers across South West Wales. Read More

Current Vacancies at Caredig
Caredig always look forward to welcoming new people into their organisation; people who want to make a positive difference to the lives of tenants and find ways to help us develop vibrant, inclusive communities. Read More

Senior IT Security Engineer
Pobl have a brand new and exciting opportunity for a Senior IT Security Engineer to join their Technology and business solutions team. Your focus will be to identify threats and develop suitable defence measures, evaluate system changes for security implications, and recommend enhancements, research, and draft cyber security documents, whilst providing first-class support to the IT team during cyber security issues. Read More

Volunteers required to join the Cancer Research UK cheer point at the Swansea Half Marathon!
Cancer Research UK are looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who will join them in celebrating their participants and representing Cancer Research UK at the Swansea Half Marathon. They rely on every mile, every pound and every volunteer to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. This includes their cheering teams, who are essential in making sure their runners reach that finish line. Read More

Firm Bookkeeper/Accountant
A permanent varied accounting position providing information directly to Bevan Buckland’s partners and managing financial processes for the business. Your role will be to ensure that records of all financial transactions, payments to suppliers, expenses, bank reconciliations and cash payments/receipts are accurately inputted and properly maintained in a timely manner. Read More

Casual Food & Beverage Assistant
Swansea Arena are looking for an enthusiastic, high energy team of Food and Beverage Assistants to support our programme of events on a casual basis. Read More

Shared Homes Swansea
Householders and Homesharers sharing home life, time, skills and experience – together. Shared Homes Swansea brings together people with spare rooms with people who are happy to be sociable and lend a hand around the house in return for affordable accommodation. For Homesharers and Householders, Shared Homes Swansea can give you and your loved ones peace of mind. Read More

Getting Around Swansea
We want to understand what challenges people face in getting around Swansea, and how you think we could solve them together.  What are the travel and transport issues that make it difficult to access the places people want to go – for appointments, socialising, visiting family, accessing education and more? Take the survey

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for Swansea Council
Swansea Council are seeking suitably qualified contractors to supply and install outdoor play equipment and safety surfacing at Hafod and Oystermouth Primary School, supply NSU void alarms, provide an independent advice and information service, provide general construction, refurbishment and alteration works up to £250K, supply Baxi boiler and other gas spares, and supply double glazed units and glass.

Contract Notices for Neath Port Talbot Council
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council wishes to appoint suitably qualified and experienced contractors to develop a new cultural strategy (heritage, sports, tourism and arts), and provide a residential short break service to children and young people with disabilities.

Feasibility study – Mapping Local Produce & Shorten Supply Chains in Swansea
Swansea Council is seeking a consultant to undertake the feasibility study on Mapping Local Produce & Shorten Supply Chains in Swansea. As part of the contract the successful bidder will be expected to participate in two follow up events at the end of the study to connect all stakeholders and beneficiaries. Read More

The Provision of Internal Audit Services to the Development Bank of Wales
The Development Bank of Wales is looking to appoint an organisation to provide Internal Audit Services over a period of 5 years. Read More

SU201(22) Defining and Initiating Information Systems Services Transformation
The Information Services & Systems Department of Swansea University is preparing for significant investment in systems over the next 3 to 5 years that will establish a modern digital experience matched to the current and future needs of education, research, innovation, and partnership at Swansea University. Read More

Swansea Rural Development Partnership Commission, Oral Histories and Exhibition
The overall aim of the commission is to raise awareness about mental health support in rural Swansea for the farming and agricultural sector providing a point of early intervention rather than at crisis point. The scope of the full project is a range mental health campaigns and resources to raise awareness of existing support for the agricultural sector and land-based workers in rural Swansea. Read More

Provision of Hygiene & Sanitary Services
Pobl Group wishes to establish a contract with a suitably qualified and experienced contractor/supplier for the provision of hygiene and sanitary services based on the most economically advantageous tender. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea University
Swansea University is seeking suitably qualified contractors to supply a transient absorption spectroscopy – optical parametric amplifier system, a tabletting machine, and large area solar simulation equipment. 

Development of Circular Economy Activities in Rural Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council is seeking to appoint a suitably experienced consultant(s) to support the regeneration of rural communities through the development and delivery of circular economy activities and initiatives. The aim of the contract is to support and facilitate innovative activities and processes at a grass roots level. Read More

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire College
Pembrokeshire College is seeking suitably qualified contractors to carry out the Pembrokeshire College Summer Works programme for 2022, supply and install flooring to existing concrete and timber floors, and develop an LTI plugin and distribution partnership agreement.

Contract for the Provision of a Third Sector Organisation to support the sector and build capacity in Swansea
Swansea Council is seeking to appoint a Swansea based third sector/not for profit organisation to support the sector and build capacity within the sector in Swansea. Read More

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

What the new homes set to be built with amazing views of Swansea will look like
The former Townhill campus of Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea Institute and other educational establishments is currently being transformed into a place for people to live in the future. The new Pobl Group development will be a mixture of 153 new homes designed to make the most of the stunning views from the site. The Edwardian college building will be preserved, meanwhile, and converted into one and two bedroom apartments. Read More

Nearly 50 flats and bowling green to be built on site of former supermarket in Carmarthen
A multi-million pound residential development is set to be built at the site of a former supermarket in Carmarthen. The old Lidl store, based in Priory Street on the edge of the town centre, has been empty for the past two years after the supermarket giant closed its doors and moved into a new larger location a mile away. Now, new life could be breathed into the empty 1.1 acre site with the development of a residential scheme. Read More

Stunning and nostalgic new look for Swansea’s Castle Square is revealed
More new images have been released which reveal the stunning new look planned for Swansea’s Castle Square. The area in the centre of the city is set to be transformed over the next year or so with a view to returning it to its former glory. Castle Square used to be filled with more greenery than we see today, with lawned areas and flower beds acting as a backdrop to the retail shops in Oxford Street, the bars in Wind Street and other adjoining roads. Read More

Cwmpas – the new name for the Wales Co-operative Centre
The Wales Co-operative Centre announced that it has changed its name to Cwmpas. The new name signals the next chapter for the development agency working for economic and social change in Wales and in other parts of the UK. It is designed to reflect the organisation’s role in helping people and communities set out a path to a better future. Read More

Sustainable Housing Assessment
As part of Caredig’s commitment to sustainability they recently underwent a Sustainable Housing Assessment and are proud to share that they passed with flying colours and are delighted to have been recognised as a ‘Sustainable Housing Association’. Read More

 

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

Detailed plans submitted for £200m city deal project in Llanelli
The Pentre Awel scheme at Delta Lakes will comprise a new leisure centre, hydrotherapy pool, academic, research and business space, health and rehabilitation facilities, assisted living accommodation, open market and social housing, a nursing home and hotel. The Carmarthenshire Council-led development is one of nine city deal projects for the Swansea Bay City Region, and already has outline planning approval. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

Introbiz Swansea and West Wales hosts its Inaugural Annual Expo at the Brangwyn Hall
Introbiz Swansea and West Wales hosted its inaugural annual expo followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony on April 7th at the Brangwyn Hall and Village Hotel Swansea respectively. It was fantastic event for both networking and business success, with speakers including rugby stars Shane Williams and Ian Gough. Read More

Ministry of Furniture are moving
Ministry of Furniture have very exciting news! From Tuesday 3rd May they will be based at the old Metal Box factory in Neath. Their head office workspace, education showroom and workplace showroom will be based there over two floors. Please see images attached. They’re having a preview day on Weds 8th June – register here to attend. Find out more about Ministry of Furniture.

Powells Cottage Holidays hosts public networking event for those looking to enter the holiday letting market in 2022
On Friday 6th May, Powells Holiday Cottages, part of the Original Cottages family will host its first networking event at the Giltar Hotel in Tenby. Laura Kerslake, Brand Manager for Wales, Original Cottages said; “We’ve been part of the Saundersfoot community for over half a century, and we are delighted to host this event which it is hoped will provide an open forum for the community to explore potential investments and to seek advice for holiday letting.” Read More

A cute new coffee cart has set up next to the Swiss Cottage in Singleton Park
Gower Coffee Co. is run by Anna Luporini, aged 20, whose family have been in the coffee business for more than half a century. She said: “Starting a coffee cart business has always been a dream of mine. In lockdown I used my extra time and started up a jewellery business, the money I saved up was used to invest in my coffee cart. We refurbished an old rice horsebox which was rotting in a field and converted it into a unique work of art!” Read More

The Swansea food app that knocks spots off JustEat and Deliveroo
Move over Just Eat and Deliveroo, there’s a new kid on the block. Swansea Eats is a local food delivery app that was founded in 2021 by couple Sophie Heneberry and Rory Edwards after they noticed that big food app fees were “crippling” small independent businesses. The app has only been running for a year, but it already has 12,000 regular users buying food from almost 100 independent eateries in the city. Read More

Melin Tregwynt celebrates its 110th year by completing employee ownership deal
Melin Tregwynt, the iconic woollen mill and shop, has officially transitioned to an Employee Ownership Trust after its current owners Eifion and Amanda Griffiths handed over the reigns to 42 employees of the company. Melin Tregwynt was supported in its transition to Employee Ownership by the Employee Ownership Wales team at Social Business Wales. Read More

New Appointments at West Wales Law Firm
Peter Lynn and Partners have invested in the future of the firm with the appointment of several new members of staff. Rhian Hailey, Rhys Thomas, Gemma Marie Hopkins and Jodie Bell join as Paralegals, whilst the Residential Conveyancing team is bolstered by the appointment of Hannah Mitchell as a Conveyancer. Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

Daffodils to treat Alzheimer’s could be Welsh hill farming’s future
Hill farmer Kevin Stephens has been growing Wales’ national flower for more than a decade. He discovered a hardy daffodil variety, grown under stress in wind-swept conditions, produced higher levels of the chemical galanthamine. That is an approved treatment for slowing down the progress of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The farm harvests enough to help about 9,000 patients a year. Read More

Cerebra and UWTSD collaboration assists Henry’s mobility with innovative crutches design
Carmarthen-based Cerebra worked with the Cerebra Innovation Centre, the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre, and the Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture – all based at UWTSD Swansea – to make a set of brand-new, super-light and super-strong crutches for nine year old Henry Latchem. They were able to source 3D printed titanium – the material that they make space rockets and Formula 1 cars from! Read More

Home Support Service success
Thanks to charity Age Cymru West Glamorgan’s Home Support Service, during the pandemic, more local people than ever have received support with cleaning the house, administrative tasks, preparing and cooking meals, sitting services, laundry and ironing, and more. If you, or someone you know would benefit from help around the home, please give them a call on 01792 589654 or email enquiries@agecymruwestglamorgan.org.uk.

 

 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Foodbank is Supporting Community Thanks to National Lottery Community Funding
PBP Foodbank in Kidwelly are helping their community to adapt, recover and thrive, thanks to National Lottery players, by setting up a new project called PBP Poverty Support. The CETMA run foodbank will be providing Poverty Support to the community that it provides the vital service for. Read More

How do we feed ourselves?
The food and farming sector is different from every other sector because it’s vital for our survival. Food resilience has become ever more critical in the face of multiple threats, from the increasing cost of food and energy to growing global instability. How can we take action to transform food and farming in South West Wales, making healthy local food accessible to all and good for the planet? Read More

Megan Takes the Pledge!
Megan and her sister Bronwen, part of CETMA’s Megan and The Food Squad Project, have taken Act4Food Act4Change’s pledge. The Pledge involves agreeing to 10 Actions which young people want governments and businesses to take to fix our food system. This list has been created by youth and voted on by over 100,000 young people globally! You can take the pledge and find out more from their website.

Farmers provide land to despairing growers
Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society provided an acre of land to Grwp Resilience to allow the townsfolk of Haverfordwest to grow food and extra for learning and therapy activity. The growers have formed their own community interest company, Parc Helyg which is now managing the site. Read more about the UK Community Renewal Fund, which paid for an 8 week beginners gardening course running on the site, and Grwp Resilience.

UWTSD Business Management Student sets up a Clothes Swishing event in Carmarthen
Christine Joy is setting up a clothes swishing event in Carmarthen as a way to save the environment and for people to save money. Clothes swishing is a way to slow down fashion and help our environment. By keeping items of clothing, shoes, and accessories in life for longer, we can reduce the need to buy new, helping our environment and saving money. Read More

A hydrogen-powered ferry service across the Bristol Channel is being considered
Rob Stewart, the leader of Swansea Council, said “This would be a massive boost for tourism and business – to think you could cut your travel time to Devon and Cornwall by half, and of course it would have environmental benefits too: taking cars off the road and introducing green-powered ferries.” Hydrogen generated by renewable energy would be a major breakthrough for the transport sector, which is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the UK.Read More

Early Consultation Begins on Gwynt Glas Floating Wind Project
Early consultation is underway with the commercial fisheries sector as the team at Gwynt Glas reveal details of the location of their 1,500 sq km site search area in the Celtic Sea. Gwynt Glas, a joint venture announced in January between EDF Renewables UK and Pembrokeshire-based DP Energy, will be capable of generating up to 1GW of low carbon green energy in the Celtic Sea. Read More

New multi-million pound Mumbles seawall set to provide protection from climate change until 2070
Multi-million plans to upgrade the seawall at Mumbles have been approved. A 1.1km stretch of the wall and revetment between Knab Rock and the Dairy car park, by Oystermouth Square, will be strengthened and raised by up to 70cm. The promenade will be wider than currently and there will be additional seating and play areas, and 46 new trees. Cllr Des Thomas said it was “an opportunity of a lifetime” for Mumbles. Read More

The record numbers of puffins that are now populating Skomer and Skokholm islands
The islands are home to not only vast seabird colonies but also considered a wildlife haven enriched in diversity. The unexplained rise in numbers has yet to be discovered but work is still ongoing to help maintain this precious bird on our Welsh coasts. On Ramsey Island, Wildlife fieldworkers are trying to introduce more puffin breeding with the use of model puffins and loudspeakers making puffin noises, in hopes of attracting the bird to thrive. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Massive Oakwood theme park ride is returning after closing for more than six years
The Welsh theme park’s historic ride Bounce returns alongside the popular main train line attraction which carries visitors into the theme park – previously absent due to the ongoing Covid restrictions. Read More

Aquarium plan unveiled for Swansea
The proposal is to build it between the Civic Centre and Swansea Arena coastal park, potentially at a compound area beside the Civic Centre. The aquarium would offer an immersive experience for visitors and be a wider educational resource. The concept is based on The Cube, Brisbane – a two-storey interactive attraction featuring nearly 50 touch screen displays. Read More

The brilliant Twin Town mural taking shape in Port Talbot
It’s arguably Wales’ greatest cult film. The dark comedy crime drama, set in Swansea, was filmed mainly around Port Talbot. Now, days after a major mural of Michael Sheen was unveiled in the town, it is adding to its burgeoning reputation as the street art capital of Wales and paying tribute to its filmic heritage, with a series of murals celebrating Twin Town. Read More

The city named Wales’ best night out – and it’s not Cardiff
A study, from Get Licensed, has analysed the number of venues per head, the cost of a pint and a range of safety issues to reveal the best nights out in Britain. With a score of 6.59/10, Swansea have won the title of best night out in Wales, and sixth best in the UK. Swansea beat popular towns such as Plymouth, Newcastle and Aberdeen and was the only Welsh city to appear on the list. Read More

New scheme launches to showcase Swansea culture to refugees
The scheme hopes to give people who are new to the city an experience of the culture and languages, as well as the chance to meet new people in their area. The first tour, being held on Saturday, May 14, is expected to include a tour of the library at the civic centre, a tour of Oystermouth Castle and an ice cream at Ripples. Future tours will include the Copperworks, the Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea Market and the Gower. Read More

EDUCATION

Gower College Swansea is top of class at UK-wide AAC Apprenticeship Awards
Gower College Swansea has been recognised for its outstanding apprenticeship provision at the prestigious UK AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2022, winning both the Care Services Apprenticeship Provider of the Year Award and the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Apprenticeship Champion Award. Gower College Swansea had the most wins of any provider in the UK and was the only Welsh provider to receive an award on the evening. Read More

QS World University Ranking by Subject 2022: Swansea University Achieves its Best Ranking
To compile the rankings, QS assessed academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact, analysing over 14.7 million unique research papers, producing close to 96 million citations. 1,543 institutions were ranked across 51 specific subjects, categorised into 5 broad subject areas. Swansea University’s growing global reputation has seen it achieve its best performance in this subject ranking to date. Read More

Castell Howell and Swansea Arena sponsor Swansea University for Welsh Varsity
Welsh food wholesaler Castell Howell and the new Swansea Arena were the principal sponsors for Swansea University at this year’s Welsh Varsity. Both sponsors featured on the men’s and women’s rugby jerseys for their respective matches against Cardiff University. The Welsh Varsity is a week-long festival of sport, which this year culminated in the Swansea men’s rugby team beating Cardiff 20-13 at Swansea.com stadium on April 27th. Read More

UWTSD Set Design & Production Student and Lecturer worked on ‘Last Train To Christmas’ Film
The film ‘Last Train To Christmas,’ which was recently produced in Bay Studios, Swansea required as part of their production design a difficult to source and very specific prop, a 1980’s National Rail ‘MaxPax’ coffee cup. York Museum hold an original but could not release it in time for filming, therefore, Art Director Gemma Clancy reached out to UWTSD’s Creative Industries degree programme Set & Production in Carmarthen to see if one could be modelled and 3D printed. ” Read More

Swansea’s Student Entrepreneurs Boost their Business Ideas with Big Pitch
Entrepreneurial students received a major boost for their business ideas at Swansea University’s annual Big Pitch Competition, sponsored by Santander Universities. Held in person for the first time in two years, the Big Pitch aims to provide support for students to gain valuable skills and get their ideas off the ground. 19 entrepreneurial students pitched 14 different ideas to a panel of esteemed judges, who awarded more than £10,500 to four start-ups. Read More

UWTSD Student takes over local Sports Centre with a vision to create a community hub
A Rural Enterprise Management student from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Carmarthen Business School has recently taken over a local sports centre in the Gwendraeth Valley with a vision to develop it for the community and to create a community hub. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Beginners Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 19:00
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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Pregnancy Yoga
Every Tuesday 19:00 – 20:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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British Triathlon Breakfast Club and Introbiz Swansea & West Wales
4 May 08:30 – 10:30
Village Hotel Swansea
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Swansea Marina Litter Pick
4 May 10:00 – 12:00
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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The Customer Experience – Love them or lose them!
4 May 10:00 – 11:30
Online
The session will be led by Mel Evans from Insight6
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Public History and the Archive for the Next Century – IHR@Swansea
4 May 12:00 – 19:30
Taliesin Create, Swansea University Singleton Campus
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Bay Beach Clean
4 May 13:00 – 15:00
Swansea University Bay Campus
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE – Skills and training support
4 May 13:00 – 15:00
Neath College, NPTC Group of Colleges
Hosted by 4theRegion & NPTCBC
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Online Taster Sessions – Psychology
4 May 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Virtual Open Evening – Teacher Training
4 May 19:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Job Search Support
First Thursday of the month 10:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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CEIC Insight Event
5 May 11:00
Online
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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ION Open Doors – Making an impact with your 60 second pitch
5 May 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Beginners Yoga Class
Every Thursday 11:45 – 12:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the Secret Cafe, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Mindfulness – Relax, Restore, Revive, Lunchtime Reset
Every Thursday 12:50 – 13:20
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
5 May 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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West Wales – Unpaid Carers (Listening Event)
5 May 18:00 – 19:00
Online
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Drum Circle With Earth Chants
6 May
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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How to Tender for Swansea Council Workshop
6 May 09:30 – 12:00
Online
Please email alyson.Davies@swansea.gov.uk to register your business and receive a link to Microsoft Teams

First Aid at Work
6, 13 & 20 May 09:30 – 16:30
Pembrokeshire College
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West Wales – Unpaid Carers (Listening Event)
6 May 11:00 – 12:00
Online
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Powell Cottages Holidays Networking Event
6 May 11:00 – 15:00
Giltar Hotel, Tenby

Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Lunch and Learn: Workstation Ergonomics
6 May 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 week course every Friday 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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BID Business Friday
6 May 16:00 – 19:00
Morgans Hotel, Swansea
Hosted by Swansea BID
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‘Better Than That’: Ify Iwobi Album Launch
6 May 18:00 – 20:30
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea
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The Curious Cabaret
6 May 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Swansea Vintage & Makers Market
7 & 8 May 10:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Sensory Wellbeing for Teenagers Workshop
7 May 13:30 – 15:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Anahata Svara – Kirtan
Saturday (Once a month) 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Noson Well o Gwsg – Atebion i Broblemau Cysgu Cyffredin
9 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Employers Info Event – CPD and Degree Apprenticeships at Swansea University
9 May 12:30 – 14:00
Institute of Life Science 1, Swansea University
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Arts Society West Wales: An Irrational & Exotick Entertainment. A History of Opera in England & Wales
10 May 11:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Wellbeing Region South West Wales | 4theRegion Sector Forum
10 May 12:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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MASI 22/23 Call for Proposals – Breakfast Networking Session
11 May 09:30
Computational Foundry, Swansea University Bay Campus
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UWTSD Alumni Careers Fair
11 May 11:30 – 14:30
SA1 Swansea Waterfront Campus UWTSD
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Online Taster Sessions – Education Studies
11 May 16:00 – 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Preference Rules of Origin
12 May 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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May Lunch
12 May 12:15 – 15:30
Blancos Hotel, Port Talbot
Hosted by Swansea Bay Business Club
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Dementia Cafe
12 May 13:45 – 15:45
Email information@nptcarers.org.uk or call 01639 642277 to register your interest

Virtual Open Evening – Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
12 May 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize Award Ceremony 2022
12 May 18:30
Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus
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Finding Your Innate Resilience
Thursdays from 12 May – 23 June 19:30 – 21:00 (No session in half term)
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Gong Bath
13 May
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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WiST Webinar: An Unconventional Path to CEO
13 May 11:45 – 13:00
Online
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#TheCAEFootball
14 May 13:00 – 15:00
LC Swansea
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DREADZONE
14 May 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Wales on Wheels
15 May 11:00 – 16:00
National Waterfont Museum, Swansea
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GETTING AROUND Pontarddulais
16 May 13:00 – 15:00
Canolfan Y Bont, Pontarddulais
Hosted by 4theRegion, Swansea CVS, Swansea Environmental Forum and Swansea Council
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Coffee Morning with Menter Iaith Abertawe
17 May 10:30 – 11:30
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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GETTING AROUND Bonymaen
17 May 11:00 – 13:00
Bonymaen Community Centre, Swansea
Hosted by 4theRegion, Swansea CVS, Swansea Environmental Forum and Swansea Council
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Preparing for an HMRC Audit, inc. Customs, VAT & Risk
18 May 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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TOO GOOD TO GO
18 May 10:00
Online
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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Wellbeing and Resilience
18 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Boosting Physical Wellbeing in your Team
18 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by RCS Wales
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE – Manufacturing & Supply Chain Opportunities
18 May 13:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion & NPTCBC
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CEIC Insight Event
19 May 11:00
Online
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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ION Open Doors – Virtual Networking
19 May 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
19 May 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Wales Virtual Networking
19 May 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Georgia Ruth
20 May 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Repair Cafe
21 May 10:30 – 13:30
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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Access All Areas: UWTSD Industry Networking Event
24 May 08:00 – 12:30
SA1 Swansea Waterfront Campus UWTSD
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Academic Conference: Migration, Mobilities and Emerging Political Spaces
24 May 08:30 – 25 May 18:00
Wallace Building, Swansea University
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Cyngor a Chanllawiau ar gyfer Gweithwyr Eisteddog yn ystod Covid-19
24 May 09:30 – 10:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Classification of Goods & Commodity Codes
24 May 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Menopause Awareness Training for Teams
24 May 10:00 – 11:30
Online
Hosted by RCS Wales
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GETTING AROUND Clydach
24 May 11:30 – 13:30
Clydach Community Hall, Swansea
Hosted by 4theRegion, Swansea CVS, Swansea Environmental Forum and Swansea Council
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Getting Around – Community Transport Business Event
25 May 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Online Taster Sessions – Youth Work and Social Education
25 May 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Modern Slavery Conference
26 May 09:30 – 16:30
SA1 Swansea Waterfront Campus UWTSD
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Getting Started with Instagram Reels
26 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
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Garden Basics Course
26 May 11:00 – 16:00
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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Meet 4theRegion | Who is 4theRegion?
27 May 13:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Joyous Jubilee
31 May 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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Regional Food Conference April 2022 Follow Up

Regional Food Conference April 2022 Follow Up

FOOD FOR THE REGION APRIL FOLLOW-UP

Regional Food Conference April April Banner

5th April 2022

A Major Conversation about our Regional Food System, brought to you by Swansea Environmental Forum, Grwp Resilience and 4theRegion.

Following the first Regional Food System Conference in October 2021, we regrouped to share updates, explore emerging projects and encourage collaboration on all things relating to growing, producing, distributing, sharing and caring about food in South West Wales.

The goal was to share perspectives and co-produce priorities for regional collaboration and to bring local residents and organisations back together to discuss initiatives to transform our regional food system here in South West Wales.
 

Click here to download the full event report.

Click here for the previous event report

EVENT RECORDING

Catch up on the full event recording and listen to presentations from thought-leaders and experts in the food sector. Click the video at the timestamps listed below to jump to their appropriate segment.

0:02:44 Dawn Lyle, 4theRegion
0:25:00 Augusta Lewis, Bywd Sir Gar Food
0:41:40 Peter Howells, NFU Cymru
1:00:00 Alice Coleman, WCFD PLANED

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Thematic Priorities

Local Authorities & Policy Makers

  • We need to get policy makers more involved and increase the amount of support available for smaller scale producers, growers and suppliers.
  • A policy-led top-down approach is needed to change the systems.
  • Are we able to better map out what’s working? Local growing projects, schemes, etc. Identify the gaps and best practices that could be scaled up.
  • Evidencing our needs better, particularly around land. 

Communities

  • We perhaps need to shift our collective regional identity towards the sense of ourselves as a food producing region.
  • Connecting farmers back to their communities is also a huge benefit to all concerned.
  • Promoting ‘local’ isn’t the only thing but is a principle that may be getting traction with influential bodies and could be the door into the wider changes that are needed around production methods, etc. By local do we mean regional or national?

Individuals

  • Consumers should ask where their food comes from.

Businesses & Producers

  • We need more urban and peri-urban farming.
  • To get people in using food hubs, we need a massive marketing push.
  • Ultra processed food is often cheaper and therefore it brings us back to the issue of food poverty.
  • The impact of food price inflation is yet to be fully felt.

Education

  • Food growing needs to be part of the national curriculum. 
  • Food for life partnership is in England and luckily more schools are getting involved, but sustainability and food growing needs to be in mainstream culture.
  • When an effective food labelling system incorporates the real price of food – including environmental impacts – this may encourage people to avoid some supermarket products and look local.
  • Educating and informing businesses has the potential to trickle down to educate the consumer.
  • The new curriculum allows schools in Wales to access more creative and holistic resources.
  • Help schools to map the life cycle of food at different levels. 

Health

  • Regenerative practices produce crops with increased levels of phytonutrients – needed for human health
  • We need to teach a lot more about links to food/nutrition and our health.
  • Online marketing campaign comparing the nutritional value of local produce vs mass produced produce.
  • Hidden costs of cheap foods are in the health sector, and loss of money in the local economy.

Procurement

  • The impact of world events has a major impact on supply chains.

Environment

  • We need to change the way we farm – stop ploughing, increase soil biology, use traditional seed varieties, small scale mixed farms. We don’t need toxic fertilisers and synthetic fertilisers. 
  • Anaerobic digestion using animal manure and turning it into renewable energy.
  • There could be a lot of work done to loosen compacted soils. Regenerative farming practices.
  • There needs to be more focus on carbon net-zero strategy. 

Land & Forestry

  • Farmers in Pembrokeshire have given land access to growers.
  • Social Farms and Gardens have some good resources and support for how to secure long-term success for community growing projects leasing private land.
  • CSAs are reaching out to farmers to discuss common problems and find solutions.  
  • Land management skills are also in short supply.
  • A farmer must be sure his or her land is being well managed.
  • The land around rural and town communities should be ring-posted for the needs of the community.
  • Regarding access to land, it’s not just the land availability, but the type of land suitable for different types of production, 
  • I think we need to better understand and evidence the demand for land for food growing / production so that the task can be more specific / informed.
  • The size of land to produce adequate amounts of food to feed large numbers of people. 
  • Start up funding for infrastructure etc, business support, finding experienced growers or training new entrants etc. 
  • For successful food businesses, it’s more of a collaborative approach than just relying on farmers offering up land.
  • The key to diversifying food production will be whether subsidies will be available for small-scale intensive horticulture enterprises of 5 acres and under or not.

NEXT STEPS

Prior to this event, we supported Bwyd Abertawe in hosting an online food assembly for the City & County of Swansea – the first step in Swansea’s bid to become a Sustainable Food Place. Find out how you can get involved by connecting with the group on Facebook.

We are collaborating with Wales’ Wellbeing Economy Alliance “Transformational Food” meeting, bringing together all those working on the food system across Wales. If you are doing something interesting related to food – or thinking about it – or if you would like to hear what others are up to across Wales, please come along on Thursday 12th May from 7pm!

Food will be a key theme at our Green Recovery Conference & Exhibition on June 16th. Hosted on behalf of Swansea Council, we are showcasing businesses, projects and organisations who are leading the city’s green recovery. Register for free here, and if you’d like to be involved, please contact zoe@4theRegion.org.uk

And if you are working in this space, have a project in mind, have information or updates to share, or would like to fund or support regional initiatives relating to food, please reach out to us so we can connect, amplify and collaborate! Contact zoe@4theregion.org.uk.

April Regional Round-Up

April Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

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Communications and Events Officer

BCT are looking for a Communications and Events Officer to join their team. They’re an asset-based community development programme working in 13 communities across Wales. You’ll develop BCT’s public profile, work with their Invest Local communities to promote their projects locally, manage their learning and events programme, and support their policy and advocacy work. Read More

One network, one timetable, one ticket: planning buses as a public service for Wales

The Welsh Government are seeking your views on proposals for new bus legislation. This white paper sets out proposals for public transport bus services to better plan and grow the bus network. This will ensure it meets public needs, maximise the value we get for our investment in bus services and break our reliance on private cars. Read More

The clock is ticking

Contact us now to join CEIC’s final cohort in October 2022 and find out how CEIC can support you in contributing to decarbonising Welsh public sector services. This programme is fully funded, click here for further information.

Dine & Do Good

Llamau’s mission is to end homelessness for young people and women in Wales. They believe a home is a right, not a privilege, and one so many people are still sadly denied. They’re working with amazing restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways across Wales to help end homelessness for good. Like to know more about how your business can get involved? Read More

Do you work in the education sector?

CEIC are currently recruiting managers from schools and sixth form colleges who are responsible for designing solutions to circular economy issues to join their latest cohort. Read More

Gas & Heating Engineer

Coastal Housing are a team in the truest sense of the word. They value relationships highly, so they invest in them daily. As a result, their workplace culture is open, trusting and respectful. It’s also safe, which is critical to encouraging new ideas and approaches. Read More

Job Opportunities at S4C

Some amazing roles have become available from S4C! Read More

Multi-faceted Administrator

RDM have an opening for a multi-faceted administrator to join their growing organisation on a permanent contract basis, located within their main office (SA6 8PZ). If you are a highly motivated individual with a passion and a desire to contribute to the positive reputation of their business, they would love to hear from you. Read More

Technical Designer & Estimator

Reporting to the Head of Design, the Technical Design & Estimator is pivotal to business growth by changing, developing, and creating products for Ministry of Furniture’s panel production and seeing the product design through to manufacturing. Ensuring the accuracy of estimating and manufacturing through technical drawings and BOMs. Read More

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for Swansea University

Swansea University wishes to appoint suitably qualified contractors to supply an integrated non-contact optical measurement system, provide external consultancy services for the Value-Based Health and Care Academy, and carry out a final evaluation of the SPECIFIC2 project operation.

Review of ‘To Let’ Signs in Uplands Ward

Swansea Council is seeking to manage the proliferation of ‘To Let’ signs in areas of the Uplands Ward which currently detract from the visual amenity of the area. To tackle this problem, the Council will be looking to appoint a partner to gather evidence to support an application to the Welsh Government to restrict the display of such signs in the area. Interested parties are invited to initially submit an expression of interest to the Council no later than 8th April. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

Swansea Council are seeking suitably qualified contractors to supply Baxi boiler spares and other gas spares to allow for their maintenance section to carry out repairs on breakdowns, data centre server hardware, up to 10 minibuses, and environmental facilities works to 413 properties In Waunarlywdd. They are also seeking to engage a supplier to evaluate the Pathways to Work Project.

Provision of Kitchen Works at Student Accommodation

Pobl Group intends to establish a contract with suitably qualified and experienced contractor for the provision of kitchen works at student accommodation. Read More

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire Council

Pembrokeshire Council is seeking suitablity qualified contractors to provide a new SIP telephone system at Haverfordwest High, and canvassing and electoral registration printing.

Pembrokeshire College’s Summer Minor Works 2022

Pembrokeshire College is seeking a provider to carry out the Pembrokeshire College Summer Works programme for 2022. The works will be carried out over two phases. Read More

Contract Notices for Neath Port Talbot Council

Neath Port Talbot Council invites tenders from suitably qualified contractors to provide vehicle breakdown recovery services, an economic and housing growth assessment for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, and a local housing market assessment.

Contract Notices for Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales are seeking suitably qualified contractors to provide ice cream and hot and cold drinks, and monitor bottlenose dolphins in the Cardigan Bay SAC and Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC between 2022 and 2026.

Contract Notices for Carmarthenshire Council

Carmarthenshire Council are seeking to appoint suitably qualified contractors to provide independent school and community based counselling services, evaluate Carmarthenshire County Councils’ Community Renewal Fund (CRF) projects, develop 360 drone footage and digital experiences for the Celtic Routes project, and provide activated signs / driver feedback signs.

DEVELOPMENT

The empty Swansea city centre plot where flats and a shop or cafe are planned

The proposals are for a six-storey block comprising 16 flats with a ground floor commercial unit on Orchard Street. The scheme would link back to a building directly behind on High Street. The plan is to convert the first and second storeys of the High Street-facing building, and add a further recessed level of flats on top. In between the two buildings would be enclosed roof gardens featuring shrubs, climbers, bird boxes and pergolas. Read More

£10m job creating Port Talbot Waterfront Property Development Fund launched

Neath Port Talbot Council is launching a new Property Development Fund covering Harbourside, Baglan Energy Park and Baglan Industrial Estate. Eligible schemes will be awarded up to a maximum of 45% of costs and the PDF will aim to fund three schemes of approximately 2000m2 each that could accommodate up to 400 jobs (with the creation of 120 new jobs) over five years. Read More

Key city centre transformation wins prestigious industry applause

Swansea’s new-look Kingsway has won international recognition for its focus on sustainability. The applause comes for a regeneration project that saw the location transformed into a welcoming environment for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, businesses and public transport users. Swansea Council led the £13m scheme – and the applause comes in the form of a positive assessment in civil engineering scheme Ceequal. Read More

Secret doors and major hidden feature found at historic Swansea theatre

Step by step, The Palace Theatre in High Street is becoming a home for tech, start-up and creative businesses. Behind plaster that is being removed, workers have found numerous blocked up doorways and discovered an orchestra pit in front of the stage. They have also found “some beautiful but worse for wear looking original fittings such as gas lamps and fire exit signs”. Read More

The once drab Swansea council estate now dubbed ‘Balamory’ after it was all turned pastel colours

It was once dingy and gloomy, but now a council estate in Swansea is pastel as far as the eye can see. Soft blues, minty greens, dove greys, peach and vanilla – the sprawling estate either side of Fairwood Road, West Cross, has certainly had a makeover. Read More

Work to start on Pembrokeshire’s new Welsh-language school

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Penfro in Pembroke will provide places for 210 pupils aged between five and 11, as well as a nursey for 30 pupils and a Cylch Meithrin for children under the age of three. Morgan Sindall Construction is expected to start work on the school in May 2022, with the school set to open in September 2023. The school will be located on the site of the old Pembroke School at Bush Hill, near Henry Tudor School. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

Entire Swansea Bay City Deal Portfolio Approved by UK and Welsh Governments

The Swansea Bay City Deal has achieved a monumental milestone, with all nine transformational projects and programmes approved by the UK Government and Welsh Government. The focus of the portfolio – estimated to attract £1.3 billion of investment by 2033 – now moves to the delivery phase, and will provide opportunities for many businesses and residents across South West Wales, in addition to boosting the region’s economic recovery. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

New Shop and New Service for Pet Entrepreneurs

Swansea based Dewkes Pet Store are celebrating the rapid growth of their business with the opening of a second shop in Sketty and the launch of a new subscription service. Known for its dog spa and grooming service as well as the extensive range of nutritious foods it stocks for a wide variety of pets, one aspect of the independent family-run business that makes it stand out is the “farm-house” feel to each store. Read More

Pembrokeshire duo succeed opening cocktail business On The Rocks

Jess Webb and Sam Lewtas opened premium small batch cocktail business, On The Rocks Pembrokeshire, at the end of last year, offering vegan and gluten free cocktails. Karen Neville, teacher and previous enterprise champion at Pembrokeshire College said: “Jess really made the most of all the support that was on offer to her while here at Pembrokeshire College. I am very proud to be able to watch On The Rocks grow into a successful business.” Read More

Popular Mumbles cafe bar Cakes and Ale is expanding – with Fish Cakes and Ale

Fish Cakes and Ale is a new start up offering “something new” in the promenade with premium quality fish, fish cakes and chips. With the new premises being only a few footsteps away from it’s popular sister restaurant, Cakes and Ale, customers will be able to use a designated app to order goods from the takeaway to enjoy whilst in the comfort of the familiar restaurant. The licensed premises will also offer beverages alongside its food. Read More

American BBQ restaurant Cattle & Co opening in Swansea city centre

Cattle & Co. will take up the site of the former Three Lamps bar on Castle Square, creating 40 jobs. The original Cattle & Co. opened in Clydach, Swansea before moving to Llanelli in 2021, taking over an iconic Grade II listed building and the site of the former Sospan restaurant. The success of the Llanelli branch is attributed to Cattle & Co’s unique take on beautifully smoked, tender brisket and twists on comfort classics such as Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Read More

The Swansea handyman who will fix your garden fence for free in return for a chat, a game of chess or a good book

If you’re on a low-income, have a disability, or have few people around in life able to help you, when something goes wrong or needs doing in your home or garden, it can be a nightmare. Enter Ash Haynes, a 30-year-old domestic cleaner, gardener and landscaper living in Brynmill, who is offering his services to those in need in exchange for a chat, a good book, or even a game of chess (and even that is optional). Read More

The restaurants and pubs seeing a surge in trade because of the new Swansea Arena

Swansea’s brand new arena may only have been open for a handful of shows, but businesses around the area say they have already noticed a boost. The first week for the long-anticipated 3,500 capacity venue saw comedian John Bishop become the first official act to perform. Ahead of the show, it seems as if audience members made a night of it by visiting local restaurants for a bite to eat, or nearby pubs to get a few drinks inside them before heading inside. Read More

Llanelli has launched its own Deliveroo-style service and it’s free to everyone

Llanelli town centre has launched their own Deliveroo-style service for people in the area. The delivery scheme, ‘DeliverElli ‘ delivers products straight from local businesses to customers’ doors. Coordinated by Ymlaen Llanelli Business Improvement District (BID) and funded by the UK Government, the initiative will allow town centre businesses to offer an eco-friendly delivery service to their local customers, completely free of charge. Read More

New innovation-focused business forum launched for Neath Port Talbot

A new business forum has been launched for Neath Port Talbot. The NPT Innovation Exchange will bring together construction, digital, technology, engineering and manufacturing firms for purposeful collaboration and economic benefit. Launched at an online event on the afternoon of March 23, the NPT Innovation Exchange is hosted by Neath Port Talbot Council in partnership with 4theRegion. Read More

Everybody’s Business

We are all part of the social fabric, the strength of which can be an important influence on our wellbeing as communities and individuals. We all have a responsibility to build and maintain the relationships, connections and understandings which make up that social fabric. Cohesion is a shared objective, in which every person, community and organisation has a role to play. So how can we support social cohesion? A new report from Belong looks at just that! Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

How Fingers Could Point to a Link Between Low Testosterone and Covid Hospitalizations

Could the length of a person’s fingers provide a clue to how ill they might get after contracting Covid-19? Read about how new research involving Swansea University is helping to add to the understanding of Covid-19 and may bring us closer to improving the repertoire of anti-viral drugs, helping to shorten hospital stays and reduce mortality rates.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

German energy company planning ‘gigawatt-scale’ floating wind projects off Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire coasts

RWE, which is already Wales’ biggest power producer, is working with ABP to see whether facilities at the ports can be “scaled-up” to support a number of gigawatt-scale floating wind projects. They said that they were looking at the potential for transforming infrastructure at Port Talbot and Pembroke Dock into hubs for the manufacture, assembly and loadout of high-tech floating wind turbines and foundations, bound for the Celtic Sea. Read More

University Shines a Light on Why Recycling is So Vital

Swansea University showed its commitment to sustainability by going green to mark Global Recycling Day. Fulton House at the heart of its Singleton Park campus was illuminated with green lights to celebrate and raise awareness of recycling and how everyone can play their part. Read More

Net Zero Industry Wales Established to Support Decarbonisation of Welsh Industry

Net Zero Industry Wales will work with an existing group of 40 business and academic partners operating within a wide range of energy-intensive industries to help them achieve net zero. This will require an average annual reduction in Welsh emissions of 1.3 million tonnes of CO2e (from 2018 levels). Read More

How do we get there?

We all have a part to play in the transition to a greener, healthier, more equal, more integrated, more accessible and more affordable transport system. We need to work collaboratively to address the challenges we face, to create flourishing local places, connected by inclusive and sustainable transport that meets the needs of businesses, serves communities, and improves wellbeing across the region. So how do we get there?  Read More

Llandeilo’s Ysgol Bro Dinefwr strives to become first carbon neutral school in Wales

Pupils at a Carmarthenshire secondary school are striving to become the first carbon neutral school in Wales. Pupils have been involved in their school’s bid to tackle climate change, not only coming up with their own ideas but helping to manage resources such as its outdoor learning area where they plant, tend to and pick fruit and vegetables to be used as part of school meals. Read More

Welsh solar farm exceeds expectations in powering Swansea hospital

Health chiefs and Welsh Government ministers had hoped the solar farm would supply Morriston Hospital with a fifth of its energy consumption every year. However, they were surprised and pleased that the Brynwhilach Farm, which is linked to Morriston by a two-mile cable, provided enough energy over one 50-hour period to meet 100% of the hospital’s demands. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention 2022: Guests, activities and everything you need to know

A celebration of “all things geek” is set to take place, with the return of the Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention. This year’s event looks set to be the biggest and best yet, with a brand new venue and huge line up of guests. There will also be a whole host of activities, opportunities to try out old and new games and the chance to dress up as one of your favourite characters to be in with a chance of winning a prize as part of a cosplay competition. Read More

Swansea Pride 2022: Everything you need to know as celebrations return to the city

The streets of Swansea are set to be transformed into a sea of colour and rainbow flags this month as Swansea Pride festival returns to the city. The festival, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and raises awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the city, will predominantly take place this year on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Most of the festivities will be based at the National Waterfront Museum and Museum Green in Swansea city centre, but additional events are expected to take place in other locations too. Read More

Almost 30 years on people can go and see Jurassic Park again in the old Welsh cinema where it had its UK premiere

It was back in the summer of 1993 when Jurassic Park had its UK release. Perturbed by the fact that it was not going to be shown in the only cinema in Carmarthen – the Lyric Theatre – the woman running the venue, Liz Evans, together with then-mayor, Richard Goodridge, decided to act. They sent a fax to the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, explaining their displeasure and imploring him to do something to help. The rest, as they say, is history. Read More

Swansea Street Food Festival Returns in 2022

Street Food Warehouse is delighted to announce that this Easter, after a two year hiatus, Swansea Street Food Festival is finally returning to Museum Park on 15th – 17th April with an array of outstanding street food traders! Street Food Warehouse cannot wait to serve the hungry residents of Swansea some of the tastiest street food this country has to offer! Read More

Swansea is getting a new indoor and outdoor carting track in Gower

An indoor and outdoor carting track is to be installed at a popular family favourite destination in the Gower. Perriswood Archery and Falconry Centre is expanding its family entertainment offering of archery, air rifles, bird of prey displays and airsoft shooting with carting. Children aged 4-12 years will be able to get behind the wheel as the centre invests in creating what it hopes will be the perfect day out for all ages. Read More

Pembrokeshire’s LGBT-friendly cabaret opens in Milford Haven

Pembrokeshire’s first dedicated cabaret venue is offering a different kind of night out. Boulevard Showbar, based at the former Astoria on Charles Street in Milford Haven, features cocktails, live entertainment and food with menus tailored to individual events. The venue’s resident drag artiste, Miss Kitty, will be performing her show ‘Thursdays are a Drag’ each week, while singers, groups, comedians and tribute acts will perform on the weekends. Read More

Swansea Bay Pop Up returns to Singleton Park

Swansea’s home-grown street food celebration, The Swansea Bay Pop Up, will return to Singleton Park this month. The outdoor dining experience, which takes place under a big top tent, will be bringing local street food, drink and entertainment for the third year running and promises to be even bigger and better. Read More

So many great activities to get us all out and about!

Come rain or shine, beaches are excellent places to learn about the natural world and connect with nature. Check out Natural Resources Wales’ education pages for family-friendly activities to enjoy by the coast. Read More

EDUCATION

Launching a Sea of Stories in Pembroke Dock

A special event on 22 March 2022, held at the Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal, launched a new mural by the Pembrokeshire artist Robert Jakes. ‘Sea of Stories’ is a ceramic mural that maps the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland, telling the hidden histories of this space and the coastlines that it connects. Wildlife, wrecks and transatlantic cables all lie below the surface of the water, along with myths and memories. Read More

UWTSD Theatre Design & Production graduate creates props and scenery for the BRIT Awards

Jake Linzey is the Managing Director of Leviathan Workshop, the company responsible for producing props and scenery for KSI, Anne-Marie & Digital Farm Animals performances at the BRIT Awards. Jake reached out to industry colleague, UWTSD props & scenery lecturer Dave Atkinson, to assist with this production. Dave welcomed the opportunity as it is a prime example of demonstrating the skills taught to first years Set & Production Design students. Read More

“We’ll come out with a much stronger workforce!”

Bluestone, Swansea Bay University Health Board and Tredz, are among the hundreds of Welsh organisations currently reaping the benefits of fully funded training. From business administration and marketing, to sector-specific accredited courses across housing, manufacturing, and green technology; Gower College Swansea has nearly 100 fully funded courses available for businesses to utilise. Read More

Cilfrew school children say ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ as new 20mph speed limit is introduced

Pupils from Cilffriw Primary School in Neath Port Talbot helped to celebrate the launch of a new 20mph speed restriction in the village as part of a Welsh Government trial to reduce the national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas. Cilfrew Village is one of eight areas chosen to take part in the pilot scheme following the Welsh Government’s announcement in 2019 that 20mph should be the default speed limit on all residential roads in Wales. Read More

Swansea opens creative hub to support digital art innovators

A new creative hub is being developed in Swansea to help local artists and creative industries come together to learn skills that make best use of digital platforms taking shape in the city centre. Acting as a creative network that will assist the professional development of those who get involved, the creative hub will support South West Wales as a whole. Read More

NPTC Group of Colleges Wins Big Whilst Hosting Prestigious Skills Awards

NPTC Group of Colleges had a night to remember when it hosted the Inspiring Skills Awards 2022.  An event made even better with another bumper year for medals and the College winning two gold medals, seven silver and two bronze. This year, the hybrid awards ceremony was held virtually, with six satellite events taking place at Welsh providers, so that friends and families from all over Wales could watch. Read More

On The Right Track . . . Students Earn Praise After Ffos Las Race Day Takeover

Students who took charge of Ffos Las for race day in a ground-breaking collaboration have been congratulated on a job well done. Working alongside new Ffos Las general manager Kevin Hire, the tourism and events students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to help produce a memorable day’s racing for the public in glorious early spring sunshine. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Customs Procedures & Documentation
5 April 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Food For The Region
5 April 10:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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‘Ticking’: Ellie Rees in conversation with Alan Bilton
5 April 13:00 – 14:00
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Pilates
Every Tuesday 18:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Pregnancy Yoga
Every Tuesday 19:00 – 20:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Physiotherapy Clinic Sessions
6 April 09:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Managing Attendance with a Wellbeing Approach
6 April 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Getting Around Pennard, Bishopston & Gower – Let’s Talk About Transport Challenges & Solutions!
6 April 11:30 – 13:30
Bishopston Community Centre, Swansea
Hosted by 4theRegion in partnership with Swansea Council for Voluntary Services and Swansea Environmental Forum
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‘Brittle with Relics’: Richard King in conversation with Kirsti Bohata
6 April 12:00 – 13:00
Taliesin Centre, Swansea University
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Bay Beach Clean
6 April 13:00 – 15:00
Swansea University Bay Campus
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Virtual Open Evening – Teacher Training
6 April 19:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Introbiz Swansea and West Wales Expo Breakfast with Shane Williams and Ian Gough
7 April 07:30 – 09:30
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
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Agents & Distributors
7 April 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Introbiz Swansea and West Wales Expo
7 April 10:00 – 17:00
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
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Relax, Restore Revive, Lunchtime Reset
7 April 12:50 – 13:20
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
7 April 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Kill For A Seat Comedy
7 April 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Online Taster Sessions – Advocacy & Sociology
7 April 19:00 – 20:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Gong Bath
8 April
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Job Search Support
First Thursday of Every Month 10:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the Secret Cafe, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Singleton Beach clean
8 April 12:00 – 14:30
Discovery Office, Fulton House, Swansea University
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Gardening for and with Nature Course
8 April 13:30 – 15:30
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention
9 & 10 April 10:00 – 18:00
Swansea Arena
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Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Make & Take: My Family Tree
9 – 12 April 12:30 – 15:30
National Waterfront Museum
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 Week Class Every Friday 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Classical Association Annual Conference
9 April 20:00 – 10 April 22:30
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Hosted by Swansea University
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Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (U, 2019)
10 April 14:30
National Waterfont Museum, Swansea
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Anahata Svara – Kirtan
Every Saturday 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Cartoon Circus
11 April 13:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Men’s Health and Wellbeing
12 April 13:30 – 14:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE (3)
13 April 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion and NPTCBC
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Wales Virtual Networking
14 April 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Kids Easter Party
14 April 13:30 – 15:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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The Big Museum Easter Trail
15 – 18 April 10:00 – 15:00
National Waterfont Museum, Swansea
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Fermented Food & Gut Health Workshop
16 April 10:30 – 12:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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#TheCAEFootball
16 April 13:00 – 15:00
LC Swansea
Hosted by The Centre for African Entrepreneurship
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The John Verity Band
16 April 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Physiotherapy Clinic Sessions
20 April 09:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Secrets of Survival
20 April 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
20 April 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Make & Take: My Family Tree
20 – 23 April 12:30 – 15:30
National Waterfront Museum
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Secrets of Survival
21 April 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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Stress Management in the Workplace
21 April 12:00 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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UWTSD Period Dignity Workshop
21 April 16:00 – 17:00
Y Fforwm, SA1 Campus, Swansea
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Arrested Development: European Tour 2022
21 April 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Secrets of Survival
22 April 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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Meet 4theRegion | Who is 4theRegion?
22 April 13:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Book Swap
23 & 24 April 11:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Reawakening through Dance!
23 April 14:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Sound Journey (soundbath)
23 April 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (U, 2021)
24 April
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Export Documentation
27 April 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Long Covid- Returning to Work after Covid-19
27 April 11:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Online Taster Sessions – Youth Work and Social Education
27 April 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Rhod Gilbert – The Book of John
28 April
Swansea Arena
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Relax, Restore Revive, Lunchtime Reset
28 April 12:50 – 13:20
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
28 April 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Circular economy and net-zero: two sides of the same coin?
28 April 13:30 – 15:00
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE (4)
29 April 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion and NPTCBC
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Rob Brydon – A Night Of Songs And Laughter
30 April
Swansea Arena
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#TheCAEFootball
30 April 13:00 – 15:00
LC Swansea
Hosted by The Centre for African Entrepreneurship
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TOO GOOD TO GO
18 May 10:00
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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March Regional Round-Up

March Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Ports Past and Present Survey Live

Ports Past and Present explores the history and cultures of the five port areas of Dublin and Rosslare in Ireland, and Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock in Wales. During its delivery the project will promote each town’s heritage to the public, both within the coastal communities themselves and to the visiting public, and it will shape and inform the long-term heritage tourism strategies of the five port communities and their surrounding areas. Have your say

Careers at DVLA

They’ve got loads of career opportunities at DVLA – including some jobs you’d never expect. Take a look

Jobs and Working at UWTSD

UWTSD are proud of their dedicated and talented employees and they work together as a team to make a difference to the lives of their students and the communities they serve. ‘Transforming education, transforming lives’ is their mission. If you would like to join them on this journey and make a difference too, then they would love to hear from you. Read More

Community-led transport solutions – Have your say

The Community Led Sustainable Transport Solutions project aims to strengthen sustainable transport and active travel in Swansea, focusing on what communities can do for themselves to solve their travel and transport challenges. We want to hear from anyone in Swansea. Complete and share the online survey – share your views about local transport for communities in Swansea by clicking here.

Current Vacancies at Caredig

Caredig always look forward to welcoming new people into their organisation; people who want to make a positive difference to the lives of tenants and find ways to help Caredig develop vibrant, inclusive communities. Read More

New opportunities for Swansea’s rural communities

Innovative projects are being sought to benefit the Swansea area’s rural residents. Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are being invited to apply for funding to support new and inventive projects with a community benefit. Members of the Swansea Rural Development Partnership’s Local Action Group welcome ideas from community groups and social enterprises. The RDP will accept completed project idea forms from March 11 to 5pm on April 10. Read More

Jobs at Natural Resources Wales

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic. It’s the job of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us. The people who work in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality. Read More

Join RCS’s Team!

Short-term opportunities in rewarding, person-centred roles. RCS is a leading not-for-profit company which helps people find, sustain and progress in employment across Wales. They currently have a number of short-term vacancies for empathetic, passionate people to join their busy team. You will be delivering services to help people return to work from sickness absence, as part of the In Work Support team and supporting the other delivery teams within RCS. Their ESF funded In Work Support Service has supported over 6,500 people and businesses since 2015. Read More

Job Opportunities at Llamau

Llamau are hiring! Join the team and be part of a fast-paced, dynamic company, working everyday towards a Wales without homelessness. Read More

New consultation invites people to help shape the design for the commemorative woodland at Brownhill

Natural Resources Wales is inviting people to share their views to help shape the design for the new commemorative woodland at Brownhill in the Tywi valley, Carmarthenshire. The site at Brownhill has been confirmed as one of three planned locations for memorial woodlands in Wales. The ambition is for the woodlands to be seen as a symbol of Wales’ resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic and one of regeneration and renewal as they grow. Have your say

Job Vacancies at NPTC Group of Colleges
NPTC Group of Colleges is a thriving Further Education College, employing nearly 900 professional and dedicated staff, on a full-time, part-time and sessional basis, across 9 campuses throughout Neath Port Talbot and Powys. Read More

Careers with JCP Solicitors

JCP Solicitors have an exciting opportunity for a solicitor to join their award-winning Family team. The team work in a fast-paced environment, assisting clients with a range of complex family law matters. JCP Solicitors are also looking for a dedicated Legal Assistant to provide support to the Residential Property team and help process a caseload of conveyancing files quickly and efficiently.

Current Jobs at Gower College Swansea

Gower College Swansea’s mission is to inspire and support their learners to achieve their full potential through the delivery of the highest quality of education and training. Thanks to their highly committed and talented staff, they are able to provide outstanding learning and training opportunities for young people, adults and employers across South West Wales. Read More

Work with the National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Garden offers a range of job opportunities from horticulture and education to administration and catering. All types of job opportunities currently available at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be listed here.

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David wishes to purchase Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT) excavation equipment for the Portalis project. They also want to evaluate the effectiveness of the Cymraeg Yn Y Cartref programme.

Contract Notices for Swansea University

These tenders from Swansea University are for the supply of an enclosed robot to volumetrically apply a two-part and a single-part liquid, a road resurfacing project at Singleton Campus, PV and external lighting works, a new gym annex with existing building link works, and final evaluations of the Computational Foundry and Awen Institute operations.

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

These tenders from Swansea Council are for the provision of equipment for an IoT ‘Alpha Phase’ project, parks refuse bags, bricklaying, lifelong learning ICT equipment, green bags with tag, up to twenty electric pool cars, adult services transport services, environmental facilities works to 199 properties In Fforresthall/Ravenhill, and the supply of shower trays, screen sets and accessories.

Contract Notices for Pobl Group

These tenders from Pobl Group are for the provision of a replacement heating plant at Swansea University Preseli Block, and an e-learning management system.

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire Council

These tenders from Pembrokeshire Council are for a feasibility study and options appraisal for the development of Fishguard and Goodwick Harbour and archaeological excavation at Rosina Vallis/Hodnant Porthclais Caerbwdy under the Ancient Connections project.

Contract Notice for Pembrokeshire College

Pembrokeshire College is seeking a contractor for the refurbishment of main water tank in main campus. Read More

Tendering Opportunities for Natural Resources Wales

These tenders from Natural Resources Wales are for the supply of laboratory consumables for the NRW analytical services, gathering information on ground preparation and tree planting services, and blockage removal on the Chapel Reen Sea Doors.

The Provision of Tax Services to the Development Bank of Wales

The Development Bank of Wales plc are inviting tenders to provide tax services to the DBW Group. Read More

Contract Notices from Carmarthenshire Council

These tenders from Carmarthenshire Council are for SMART towns and digital training across Carmarthenshire’s towns, piloting the use of IOT and LoRaWAN technology across Carmarthenshire’s rural market towns, and business support for the BSB Sir Gar project.

DEVELOPMENT

£740k grant support helps transform Swansea

Businesses and other organisations are investing in local areas thanks to money from the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns “placemaking” programme. The funding helps revitalise town centres across Wales with schemes such as creating new homes above commercial premises, upgrading vacant commercial units to bring them back into use and creating biodiversity projects such as green walls and green roofs. Read More

More than 100 new council homes delivered as part of ambitious £300 million plan

A total of 119 new council homes will have been delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council by the end of this financial year. Providing quality, affordable homes is a key priority for the council which is investing over £300 million to support the delivery of more than 2,000 additional homes across the county over the next five years. Read More

New homes and parking facilities coming to Sketty

Work will soon get underway to create new homes and parking facilities at the existing car park on Eversley Road in Sketty. Coastal Housing have exciting plans to create 15 new apartments on the site. “Sketty is a thriving community with lots of popular independent shops and cafes that local people value.” says James Griffiths, Coastal’s Head of Development. Read More

Latest photos of the new £48m Haverfordwest High VC School

It’s looking impressive! The £48.7m facility is being built in Prendergast and will accommodate 1500 pupils aged 11-16. There will also be 250 sixth form pupils attending the state-of-the-art education facility which will provide £4.6m worth of leisure provision. Externally, the scheme will boast extensive sports facilities including playing fields, a WRU 3G standard rugby pitch and tennis facilities as well as parking and coach drop-off. Read More

Work underway to transform historic Swansea building empty for 15 years

The Albert Hall has played host to Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and David Lloyd George, and is said to be where 14-year-old Ernie Wise first met 13-year-old Eric Bartholomew, helping to initiate comedy partnership Morecambe and Wise. The aim now is to restore the 157-year-old venue to its original splendour, creating a development that’ll include an 800-capacity music and entertainment venue plus new spaces for lifestyle businesses and offices. Read More

A Swansea skate park gets the go ahead

A skate park planned for years at Llwynderw on the seafront in Swansea can now be delivered without further delay. Mumbles Skatepark Association said they were “extremely pleased” about the freedom to proceed. Messages posted to the group’s Facebook page included “This is amazing”, “Fantastic news! Thank you for not giving up!”, and “It’s not just skateboarders, it’s parents and grandparents – everyone sees the benefits that it will bring.” Read More

Empty townhouse with an abattoir at the back could become a cafe-bar, bakery, butchers’ shop and offices

A sprawling listed building in Laugharne which used to have an abattoir at the back could be getting a new lease of life. Globe House was at various times a hotel, military billet, horse and coach station, butcher’s shop, auction room, video hire outlet, bank and residential property. The nine-bedroom house was in the BBC Cymru Wales/S4C thriller, Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher, starring Eve Myles. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

First look inside the new Swansea Arena after a walk to Copr Bay across the golden bridge

It’s been a long, tough, five years in the making – but now the doors to Swansea’s brilliant new arena are finally opening to the public. After a successful “housewarming party” in February, Swansea Arena hosted VIPs and members of the press on Thursday, March 3, to formally open the Arena and the £135m Copr Bay leisure district. Read about the official opening and the first impressions of a visitor to “a really special place”.

Swansea University’s Smart Garments used by Elite Athletes

UK Government Minister David TC Davies has visited the £132 million Swansea Bay City Deal Campuses project to see how the technology for Smart Garments has been developed and was used by athletes, including medal winners, in last year’s Tokyo Olympics. The wearable technology was designed by Swansea University experts who invented a flexible heater using carbon-based stretchable graphene ink that can be directly attached to fabric. Read More

New Llanelli leisure centre will be part of first section of huge new wellness village which will cost up to £87 million

The first zone of a £199m health, life science and housing project in Llanelli looks to be a step closer. Bouygues UK has given the council a maximum cost of £87.07m for zone one – comprising a new leisure centre, clinical delivery centre, research-led business development, and wellbeing skills centre. The council-led project at Delta Lakes will eventually feature four zones spread over 83 acres. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

Swansea’s high street bouncing back from pandemic faster than Cardiff, study suggests

Swansea’s high street economy is bouncing back from the pandemic faster than Cardiff. Data from the Centre for Cities’ high streets recovery tracker suggests that Swansea is in the top 10 of the UK’s towns and cities to have bounced back fastest in both footfall and spending, while Cardiff is in the bottom 10. The figures suggest that size may have made a difference, with smaller towns and cities bouncing back much faster overall than larger ones. Read More

UWTSD Architecture student entrepreneur opens new board game café

UWTSD student Ryan Davies started planning for his business at the height of the pandemic, but was undeterred and determined to succeed. The only board game cafe located in Swansea, situated on the famous Wind Street, Socialdice is a friendly, welcoming space for old and new gamers to come together to enjoy a library of 400 board games, with knowledgeable staff on hand, called ‘Game Gurus’ to make game recommendations and help with the rules. Read More

A ‘traditional’ fish and chip shop is opening in Swansea’s Wind Street

A good old-fashioned chip shop has openned in Jack Murphys in Wind Street, with a retro gaming bar to follow in a few weeks. The chippy, aptly called “Jack the Chipper”, will be serving up traditional chip shop food including rissoles, sausages and chips. It’s set to stay open until 3am every day of the week, and is likely to be a hit with Wind Street party-goers in search of a meal after a night on the town. Read More

Family behind one of Swansea’s best-loved restaurants is opening city’s first chai tea cafe

The first-ever chai tea shop and cafe, Chai Stop, has opened in Swansea city centre. Run by Salman Khan, whose family also own Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen and Grill and Griddle, Chai Stop is bringing chai tea to Swansea for the first time. On the menu alongside a variety of chai tea flavours, including the very popular traditional Karak Chai, is Indian street food, desserts, and all-day breakfast. Read More

Indoor axe-throwing and ‘rage room’ venue to open in Swansea city centre

Axe-throwing began as a leisure activity in Canada some years ago, but is now becoming a popular hobby in the UK. Typically, throwers stand 12-foot away from a target, which looks like a large wooden dartboard, and throw one axe at a time towards it, aiming for the bulls-eye. A rage-room, meanwhile, is a safe space where people can destroy or smash up a range of items – a quirky way for someone to get all their anger out! Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

Making Hope Happen

At 4theRegion our mission is to co-create a happier, healthier South West Wales with a thriving economy. And what do we mean by ‘thriving’? For us, in the truest sense of the word, thriving is about wellbeing. We’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of hope. Amplifying hope is a big part of what we’re trying to do, because when people are hopeful about the future they are happier and healthier. Read More

University Helping to Improve Medicine Safety in Early Motherhood

Researchers from Swansea University and SAIL Databank are playing a key role in a multi-million pound international project to improve the safety of medicines given to mums-to-be and breastfeeding mothers. They have teamed up with colleagues from across Europe to as part of the £28 million IMI ConcePTION project. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Work set to start on Swansea University’s innovative renewables scheme

RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services is set to begin work on a highly innovative project – the first of its kind in the UK – to install a comprehensive raft of integrated energy-saving, sustainable technologies at Swansea University’s Bay Campus on behalf of Swansea University. The South Wales-based building services provider is working with its sister company EFT Consult to provide design of the cutting-edge project, which will encompass a commercial rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) scheme, a carport solar PV scheme, a battery energy storage system (BESS) and electric vehicle (EV) chargers. Read More

The Pembrokeshire community-owned business aiming to become Wales’ first commercial seaweed farm

Câr-y-Môr is a commercial venture with a difference. On paper, the goal is to improve the coastal environment and the community of St Davids by creating a commercially viable sustainable seaweed farm, creating jobs and giving local young people a route into the seafood sector. In practice, Câr-y-Môr is a story of local people taking affirmative action to create employment and prospects in their community through enterprise and entrepreneurship. Read More

World-first hybrid hydrogen heating system is part of Milford Haven project

The world’s first smart hydrogen hybrid heating system has been demonstrated in Pembrokeshire. The trial combined a hydrogen-fuelled boiler with an electric air-source heat pump alongside smart control technology and was conducted in a building at the Port of Milford Haven. Emissions from home heating and hot water need to be cut by 95% to meet 2050 UK Net Zero targets, and hybrid heating technology will become increasingly important. Read More

Unwanted goods brought back to life and sold at new Llanelli shop

A new shop selling repaired and reused items donated by the public has opened its doors in Llanelli town centre. As well as household items, children’s toys and bicycles up for grabs there will be an in-house paint reuse facility which customers can purchase from the shop at a significantly reduced cost to traditionally bought paint. Remnants of wood donated at the recycling centres have also been transformed into items such as garden furniture and planters. Read More

Circular Economy Workplaces Services

Remanufacturing is not refurbishing. Ministry of Furniture turn redundant furniture into innovative new products from waste material! Do you have redundant workplace furniture? Do you need to redesign your workspace? Ministry of Furniture’s team can audit your legacy furniture and advise on what’s suitable for remanufacturing. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Dunvant Male Choir 125th Anniversary and Patrons’ Concert at the Brangwyn Hall

It’s not often Sir Bryn is in town! Dunvant Male Choir Patrons’ Concert 2020 is now arranged for 2nd April 2022 at the Brangwyn Hall. Sir Bryn Terfel and Angharad Morgan guest with accompanist Annabel Thwaite. Dunvant Male Choir is the oldest male voice vhoir in Wales with an unbroken history. Formed in 1895 and still one of the busiest and most popular choirs in Wales! This belated concert celebrates the 125th anniversary of the choir. Tickets are available here.

City continues flying the flag for nightlife safety

Swansea’s nightlife scene is keeping the Purple Flag flying over the city for an eighth consecutive year. It’s one of only two places in Wales that can fly the flag which highlights how visitors can always expect an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out. The new bid for accreditation pointed to success stories such as regeneration work in Wind Street, new business openings, and the Enjoy Swansea Responsibly campaign to reinforce key Covid safety measures. Read More

Work of local community wins international acclaim

The community surrounding the National Botanic Garden of Wales was instrumental in helping the Regency Restoration project gain international acclaim with the presentation of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) coveted People’s Choice Award. The winner of this award is decided by a global public vote and was last won by the Zhuhai-Macao Bridge in Hong Kong which shows the scale of the competition and the magnitude of the win. Read More

Giant mural of Michael Sheen to be painted in Port Talbot

A giant mural of Michael Sheen is to be painted in Port Talbot. The team behind the town’s ARTwalk say they will not let the departure of Banksy’s famous ‘Season’s Greeting’ artwork deter them from establishing the town as the street art capital of Wales. “We intend the street art revolution that Season’s Greetings sparked to continue and spread.” said Derek Davies, who manages the Port Talbot ARTwalk Facebook page. Read More

You can now drive a train like TikTok trainspotting star Francis Bourgeois did in Llanelli

Did you grow up dreaming of being a train driver? Well it may not be too late, thanks to the South Wales Railcar Group and Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway. They are offering people the chance to drive a train under full instruction from a qualified driver instructor. Recently, Francis Bourgeois headed to Llanelli to try the experience out for himself. The TikTok star became famous for his infectiously joyful videos which he started making during lockdown. Read More

EDUCATION

Exciting new apprenticeship opportunities being developed to help build council’s workforce

Carmarthenshire County Council has committed to developing apprenticeship opportunities to offer people a range of new routes into employment. As one of the county’s largest employers, the council recruits for a wide variety of roles to support frontline services for residents and businesses. A range of exciting opportunities are being developed and will include apprenticeships specifically developed to support the social care workforce. Read More

New App Helping Young People Speak Out to Shape Their Local Community

A new app has just been launched that puts the power to rate and help improve communities in the hands of young people. Now, thanks to the new RPlace app, it only takes youngsters a few clicks to share what they like – and hate – about where they live, play and go with their friends and have their say on what needs to improve. Read More

UWTSD shortlisted for Springboard Awards for Excellence 2022

Jacqui Jones, Programme Manager for International Events, Tourism and Leisure Resort Management programmes at UWTSD said: “We are thrilled to be nominated for the Best Education Industry Partnership award. This is wonderful recognition of our engagement with both the industry globally and locally, our amazing students and the incredible support and inspiration they are given by our graduates and industry leaders as mentors.” Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Home Education Class
Every Monday 14:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free yoga classes Platfform 13-16 year olds
Every Monday 16:30 – 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Letters of Credit & Methods of Payment
8 March 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Parent & Baby Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 10:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Destination, Travel & Tourism | Sector Forum
8 March 12:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Preschool Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Primary Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 16:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Tween & Teen Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Physiotherapy Clinic Sessions
9 March 09:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Employment Law Update 2022
9 March 11:00 – 12:30
Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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Postgraduate Open Day
9 March 13:00 – 15:00
Swansea University Bay Campus
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Mindful Walking Spring Series
Every Wednesday 16:45 – 17:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
Led by Brigid Haines
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Brynhyfryd Youth Club
Every Wednesday during term time 18:00 – 20:30
Brynhyfryd Youth Club, Swansea
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Advice and Guidance for Sedentary Workers During Covid-19
10 March 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the Secret Cafe kiosk, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
10 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Stress Management Course
Every Thursday 14:30 – 15:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Gong Bath
11 March
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Innovations in the Bay
11 March 12:00 – 14:00
Village Hotel Swansea
Hosted by SA1 Waterfront Business Club
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 Week Class Every Friday 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day
12 March
Bay Campus and Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University
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FREE Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
12 March
Family 09:30 – 11:00
Tween 11:30 – 13:00
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FREE Kids Mindful Gardening
Every Saturday 10:00 – 11:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Swansea Vintage & Makers Market
12 & 13 March 10:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Kirtan – Anahata Svara
12 March 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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TRE class
13 March 14:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Acceptance and Mindfulness During Covid-19
14 March 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
16 March 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Employment Law Update 2022
16 March 11:00 – 12:30
Carmarthen Leisure Centre
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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Postgraduate Open Evening
16 March 16:00 – 19:00
Swansea University Singleton Park Campus
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Swansea City Centre Conference
17 March 10:00 – 20:00
Swansea Arena
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Wales Virtual Networking
17 Match 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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The History Of Rock
18 March
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Reawakening through Dance!
19 March 14:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Seaweed Art Workshop
19 March 14:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Sound Journey (soundbath)
19 March 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Menopause Yoga Workshop
20 March 10:00 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Play-doh planets
20 March 10:30
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Tour of the Stars
20 March 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Meteorite or Meteor-wrong? Meet the Curator!
20 March 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Planispheres
20 March 12:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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ASTRONOMICAL!
20 March 14:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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SPACE JUNK 3D (U, 2012)
20 March 15:30
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Sleep on it – Solutions to Common Sleep Problems
22 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Incoterms
24 March 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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ION Open Doors
24 March 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Wales Virtual Networking
24 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Virtual Open Evening – Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
24 March 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Strong Enough – Ultimate Tribute concert to Cher
25 March 19:30 – 22:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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FREE Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
26 March
Family 09:30 – 11:00
Tween 11:30 – 13:00
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Plan an epic 2022! Wellbeing Workshop
26 March 13:30 – 15:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Inward / Outward Processing Relief
29 March 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Employment Law Update 2022
30 March 11:00 – 12:15
Online
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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The Future of the Workplace for SMEs – Digital Transformation
31 March 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Positive Ageing -Transitioning from Work to Retirement
31 March 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Members Visit to Swansea Arena
31 March 14:00 – 16:00
Swansea Arena
Hosted by Swansea Bay Business Club
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February Regional Round-Up

February Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Careers at DVLA

They’ve got loads of career opportunities at DVLA – including some jobs you’d never expect. Take a look

Jobs and Working at UWTSD

UWTSD are proud of their dedicated and talented employees and they work together as a team to make a difference to the lives of their students and the communities they serve. ‘Transforming education, transforming lives’ is their mission. If you would like to join them on this journey and make a difference too, then they would love to hear from you. Read More

CampusLife Enquiries Assistant

Applications are invited for the position of CampusLife Enquiries Assistant in the Department of Student Services at Swansea University. The CampusLife Enquiries Assistant will provide an entry point for students and other enquirers to access information, advice and guidance on a wide range of student life issues. Read More

Current Vacancies at Caredig

Caredig always look forward to welcoming new people into their organisation; people who want to make a positive difference to the lives of tenants and find ways to help Caredig develop vibrant, inclusive communities. Read More

Careers at Pobl

Pobl work together as a team. They have great ideas, masses of experience and a huge passion for delivering a difference in people’s lives. They are looking for an Apprentice Asset Officer and an Assistant Cook.

Jobs at Natural Resources Wales

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic. It’s the job of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us. The people who work in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality. Read More

Job Opportunities at Llamau

Llamau are hiring! Join the team and be part of a fast-paced, dynamic company, working everyday towards a Wales without homelessness. They have roles available from fundraising to support work. Read More

Work in forests or woodlands in Wales? Natural Resources Wales want to hear from you

If you work in woodlands or forests in Wales or you rely on them as part of your business, over the next few weeks, you can help to make a crucial contribution to your industry by taking part in this quick 15 minute survey, so that the increasingly important role of trees and timber to the UK economy is recognised.

All Wales LGBT+ Network Public Outreach

Dyfed-Powys Police want to know how they can build stronger relationships with their LGBT+ community, and they’d like to hear your experiences and suggestions for the future. Take the survey

Job Vacancies at NPTC Group of Colleges
NPTC Group of Colleges is a thriving Further Education College, employing nearly 900 professional and dedicated staff, on a full-time, part-time and sessional basis, across 9 campuses throughout Neath Port Talbot and Powys. Read More

Current Jobs at Gower College Swansea
Gower College Swansea’s mission is to inspire and support their learners to achieve their full potential through the delivery of the highest quality of education and training. Thanks to their highly committed and talented staff, they are able to provide outstanding learning and training opportunities for young people, adults and employers across South West Wales. Read More

Work with the National Botanic Garden of Wales
The Garden offers a range of job opportunities from horticulture and education to administration and catering. All types of job opportunities currently available at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be listed here.

Become a Volunteer for Reengage’s Activity Groups in Wales

Reengage’s new activity groups will bring together people (over 75) in local communities across Wales through initiating and running activity-based groups to help reduce loneliness, social isolation and improve physical wellbeing. The groups will use community spaces to host a range of activities which can be anything from dancing, chair yoga and gardening to tai chi, light fitness classes or boules. Read More

Job opportunities in Swansea Council’s Nature Conservation Team

Swansea Council is seeking to appoint three suitably qualified and experienced staff to be based in its Nature Conservation Team; two Community Green space/Nature Project Officers (Salary: £33,782 – £37,890 per annum) and a Natural Environment Volunteer Co-ordinator (Salary: £29,577 – £32,910 per annum).

Brand Activation Assistant

Original Cottage’s wonderful Brand Activation Assistant Charlotte is going on maternity leave in April so they’re looking to hire her cover. It’s a temporary Brand/Marketing Assistant role that will be mostly remote but travel within Wales will be required, so applicants can be from anywhere around the country. The job is listed here.

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire County Council

Pembrokeshire Council seek suitably qualified contractors to provide a supported living services framework agreement, traffic management services, a finale cross-border participatory art commission for Ancient Connections, and trainers, consultants or facilitators to deliver a “Festival and Event Business Training, Marketing and Network Support Programme”.

Brand, Design and Corporate Communications Strategy

The Development Bank of Wales is seeking to appoint a company to refresh and update the brand. The deadline for responses is Thursday 24th February at 12pm. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea University

Swansea University is seeking to appoint contractors to provide a a drone-mounted ground-penetrating radar (GPR) system, a 3-phase grid emulator with galvanic isolation and HiL capability, and mobile app development services.

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

Swansea Council is seeking contractors to provide UPVC Window replacement, redevelopment of the Grade 2 listed Laboratory Building at Hafod Copperworks, 1,000 laptops, local bus services, planned preventative maintenance of electronic doors and induction loops at Swansea City, new playground equipment at Penllegaer Primary School, and drainage. They are also offering the opportunity to submit bids for street trading pitches within Swansea including Swansea Seafront.

Street Arts Infrastructure and Festival Plan

Swansea Council will shortly be inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced creative partnerships to assess the optimum methodology for creating a street arts infrastructure in Swansea. Read More

Framework Agreement for Environmental Partners

A framework to engage with local environmental partners to support project delivery as part of the Climate Change and Nature Recovery Strategy. The framework providers will work with Swansea Council to support the delivery of net zero Swansea by 2050. Read More

Contract Notices for Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales are seeking suitably qualified contractors to provide general site maintenance, repair, landscaping, fencing and grass cutting of hydrometry and telemetry sites across Wales, review and improve the Projects section of the NRW Permissions Process, provide semi-quantification of compounds identified by LCMS screening, and provide a Ball Mill laboratory homogeniser for environmental samples.

Contract Notices for University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The National Centre for Learning Welsh wishes to appoint an individual or company to create a digital resource entitled Croeso i Bawb for their website. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is also seeking to appoint suitably qualified and experienced consultants to conduct 3 feasability studies and a business plan.

Verge Mowing including strimming work

This specification is for the cutting by mechanical means of highway grass verges on County Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and unclassified roads in the County of Carmarthenshire. Read More

Provision of Utility Services

Coastal Housing Group is seeking a suitably qualified contractor to provide utility consultancy services including but not limited to procurement services for new and existing supply energy contracts, utility portfolio management, utility supply management, and invoice validation and query management. Read More

Parent Peer Advocacy & Support Service

PAN (Parent Advocacy Network) West Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea Council are currently developing ideas to create a new ‘Parent Peer Advocacy and Support Service’. Read More

DEVELOPMENT

Planning approval and first occupants announced for Swansea’s City Centre Community Hub

Work can now start to transform the former BHS/What! building. Plans reveal a striking fresh design just yards from a new-look Castle Square Gardens, Kingsway and Wind Street. The structure – built in the 1950s – will have large windows and glazing to show activity and a welcoming ethos. Translucent cladding could be backlit to act as a beacon to help attract visitors. It could be home to a library, archive service, contact centre and other key council services. Read More

Copr Bay £34.6 million boost for regional businesses

New figures show how regional businesses, ranging from engineering and decorating to flooring and landscaping, have benefitted from working on the construction of Copr Bay phase one. Swansea-based businesses benefitted from £17.9m of the £34.6m spend. Businesses elsewhere in Wales outside the Swansea Bay City Region benefitted from a further spend of £18.7m. Read More

Why there’s a huge crane hovering over Swansea city centre as long awaited renovation work finally starts

There’s a giant crane just up the road from 4theRegion’s office. It’s there because the historic Palace Theatre, a 134-year-old grade two listed building, is being transformed into a home for tech, start-up and creative businesses. The council has appointed Tramshed Tech as the lead tenant to run the building, which could reopen next year. It is being transformed by R&M Williams Ltd which has a track record of working with heritage buildings. Read More

Town centre location revealed for Carmarthen’s exciting new Hwb development

The former Debenhams in St Catherine’s Walk is the preferred location for the Carmarthen Hwb, which will bring together a range of health, wellbeing, learning and cultural services. People will be able to access health and social care services, a state of the art gym, employment support, public services, university facilities and lifelong learning opportunities. It is hoped the Hwb will also be home to some of Carmarthenshire’s museum collections. Read More

One of Swansea’s most famous pubs is about to be turned into student accommodation

It’s great to see derelict sites put to new uses! A pub where someone once turned up at the bar with a horse is about to be turned into a three-storey 72-bedroom student property. The warmly remembered Cape Horner pub was once at the heart of the St Thomas community, but closed in 2010. Read More

Work starts on new £8.25m primary school for Pembrey

The new school building will provide high-quality teaching facilities to improve the overall learning experience for learners, as well as benefitting the local community. The new school will have capacity for 270 primary pupils, 30 nursery pupils and will incorporate a Flying Start facility which is currently located in a mobile classroom on the current school site. Read More

Construction work begins on Grade II-listed Milford Waterfront building

Quay Stores on the marina will have more than £1.5million invested into it, to carry out building work, such as replacing the roof. Across the next few months, John Weaver Contractors Ltd will demolish the rear warehouse and erect scaffolding to enable surveys to be undertaken. It is after the surveys that the roof will be replaced and works will be conducted in accordance with the listed buildings consent. Read More

Planning go ahead confirmed for major Afan Valley adventure resort development

Conditional planning permission for a new development team to take forward the transformational project has now been granted after the signing of a legal agreement. The Afan Valley adventure resort project could create hundreds of jobs and provide significant social and environmental benefits for the Afan Valley and surrounding areas. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

New bands and micro-festival announced for ‘housewarming’ party at Swansea Arena

The curtain is about to go up at Swansea Arena – a few weeks earlier than expected. The 3,500 capacity venue is to host two housewarming events before officially beginning its launch season in March. The first show features local bands The Vega Bodegas, Inscape, and The Now, with Trampolene headlining. It’s followed by a micro-festival featuring local talent King Goon, The Orange Circus, Lost Tuesday Society, Cities, Fallen Temples, Pearler and Prosperina. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

Buying more from each other

Did you know if every individual and business in South West Wales spent an extra £100 a year with regional businesses we’d have an extra £108m circulating and multiplying in our economy? This doesn’t just keep more wealth in our local economy. Buying more from each other helps develop supply chains and creates more opportunities for people and businesses. Read More

New project set to support 100s back into the job market

Landsker Business Solutions Ltd. is helping local people to develop their career prospects and get back into work with its new project, Routes. Routes will support people aged 25 and over throughout Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion through the provision of career support, volunteering opportunities and free online training courses. Read More

The driving instructor who’s swapped the hot seat and set up his own Swansea restaurant

Mark Elliot has opened Foxy’s in High Street in Swansea. He said: “I have a driving school, which is a priority business. This firm is born from that as we have limited places to eat. We do everything we get for lunch – it’s about variety. The original plan was almost to create like a Subway where you can get sandwiches, jacket potatoes, curries and hot dogs. We are in a place where there are lots of students.” Read More

Port of Milford Haven Appoints New CEO

The Port of Milford Haven, the UK’s largest energy port based in South West Wales, has announced the appointment of Tom Sawyer as its new Chief Executive. Tom will officially start his position at the end of April 2022, taking over from Andy Jones who previously announced his decision to step down from the role. Read More

Exciting News from Barry Training Services

Barry Training Services Ltd (BTS) have just moved their Port Talbot branch to a larger premises to meet the growing demand of training courses. The new premises is double in size to their previous centre in Baglan, Port Talbot, and is currently undergoing a huge development to completely change the layout and increase the capacity for courses that can be delivered there. They’ll have 4 large classrooms, with additional areas for Lift Truck and Plant training. Read More

The wild-looking burgers a group of Swansea friends are making in the city

A group of childhood friends have created what are probably the wildest-looking burgers in Swansea with bold coloured buns and mouth watering ingredients! ‘Madbuns’ opened last year after the self confessed “foodies” spotted a potential gap in the market. Based in St Helen’s Road, the team have all grown up within the area and have created their own take on American-style smash burgers, with a twist. Read More

The new coffee and pie shop inspired by Australia that’s opened in Swansea

Billy Howes and Tash Small are behind Bogan’s Bakery, having started the business from their kitchen in Gowerton during the pandemic. Billy Howes said: “We had just come back from Australia, where there were these two insane pie shops, and we were looking to replicate it over here. They were the equivalent of our pasties, being served in the middle of the day, and they were so tasty and so full of ingredients, it was something that was real soul food.” Read More

Workforce Investment at Ministry of Furniture

Ministry of Furniture has invested in its workforce, creating seven positions, six of them new recruits, on the back of an expansion and diversification of its services, a move prompted initially by the Covid-19 pandemic. The appointments span design, production and operations. Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

UWTSD sponsors IRONKIDS Wales as part of its partnership with one of the world’s most prestigious triathlon brands

The IRONKIDS event offers young athletes the opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the outdoors and promoting healthy living. The partnership also provides opportunities for students and staff to collaborate with IRONMAN on areas related to the University’s portfolio including sports, health and wellbeing, tourism, hospitality, events management as well as film and media. Read More

Life saving heart pump to go into production this year creating 100 jobs in Swansea

A life saving heart pump developed by a Swansea medtech firm is expected to go into production later this year, creating around a hundred jobs. Severe heart failure is the most life-threatening medical condition in all age groups across the globe. Calon Cardio Technology, based at Swansea University, will produce implantable heart pumps, known as Ventricular Assist Devices (or VADs), which have proven to sustainably increase long term survival. Read More

First look at large new health and wellbeing centre coming to Cross Hands in Carmarthenshire

The aim is to develop an integrated health and social care network of services for the Amman Gwendraeth area, and the construction of a wellbeing centre. The new site would provide a base for health and care services which would accommodate two local GP practices, a library, family centre, community pharmacy, community police support and voluntary sector groups. Read More

Wellbeing Resources – COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic has brought with it all sorts of additional challenges to our physical and mental health. To help you manage these, Wellbeing through Work have put together a range of free wellbeing resources that can be accessed online. They’ve developed a series of online modules covering a range of topics that may help to improve your wellbeing. They provide practical advice on maintaining your physical and mental health during the outbreak and beyond. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

What is green recovery?

When the pandemic hit global economies, governments pledged to rebuild, create jobs and spark growth. But many people recognised we can’t just go back to doing things the way we did before. So what would our rebuilt economy look like? We need to think about the problem of “growth”. Traditional ideas of economic recovery have focussed on growth, but wouldn’t it be better for us to be aiming for wellbeing, whether or not the economy grows? Read More

New ‘green’ bus shelters in Swansea will help improve air quality

Swansea is set to have its first installation of environmentally friendly bus shelters along main public transport routes in the city. 10 new ‘green roof’ bus shelters will feature natural plants on top, which can help filter out dust particles and contribute to better air quality. The ‘green’ bus shelters will be installed along the roadside at Mumbles Road, Oystermouth Road, Quay Parade, Walter Road and St Helen’s Road. Read More

More wind farms, electric cars, and a tidal lagoon – the £4bn plan to tackle climate change in South West Wales

A report has found region will need £4.3bn in investment by 2035 to tackle climate change. We’ll need to reduce carbon emissions by 58% in the domestic heat and power sector, 56% in the commercial and industrial sector and 51% in road transport. This means more wind and solar farms, more electric cars, a tidal lagoon, and the creation of around sixteen thousand new jobs! Read More

Green scheme helps to breathe new life into used inhalers

A group of GP practices has launched a new scheme to help the environment by recycling inhalers that are no longer needed. Patients can hand in their used inhalers at local pharmacies. When inhalers are thrown away and end up in landfil. Choosing to recycle them instead not only helps to dispose of them safely but reduces the amount of greenhouses gases released, while also recycling the hard plastic holder. Read More

Initiative Launches to Help Swansea Become a Net Zero city by 2050

Swansea Council is calling on business and organisations to deliver projects to help the city in its fight for the planet’s future. Projects they could help with may range from the running of community hubs to delivering projects offering sustainable food or transport solutions. A tender process has just started as the council starts building its environmental partner framework. Read More

The very different new look for the Swansea city centre hotel that closed temporarily in mysterious circumstances

One of Swansea’s best known hotels is set to receive a very different look – following a growing trend around the city centre. The Dragon Hotel, which can be found along The Kingsway, could soon have a new eco-friendly appearance, with proposals for an eye-catching green wall to its exterior and the replacement of existing windows on three facades of the building. Read More

Plans for £1bn-plus floating offshore windfarms off the West Wales coast revealed

Pembrokeshire based Hiraeth Energy and Norwegian firm Magnora Offshore Wind said the two projects would have tidal energy capacity to provide the energy needs of half the homes in Wales. The floating offshore wind projects – Môr Glas and Môr Gwyrdd – in the Celtic Sea have capacity to generate up to 700 megawatt of wind energy. The partnership is committed to 10% community ownership in the projects. Read More

Information hub opens to help households cut energy bills

Commissioned by Swansea Council and run by the Environment Centre Swansea with the help of specialist partners, the Energy Awareness Hub aims to help households with free, accessible and independent support. This will include information to all on how to better insulate homes, switch energy providers and access support on welfare rights. Read More

Morriston Hospital ‘farm’ gets the green light

Swansea Bay University Health Board has revealed plans to develop a “farm” on land near Morriston Hospital, providing opportunities to promote healthy eating and wellbeing. Giving local people the opportunity to grow and eat healthy locally sourced food will help reduce pressures on the health service. It would also reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint, with fresh food literally coming from across the road! Read More

Historic canal towpath given new lease of life in Swansea

Nearly one and half kilometres of historic canal tow path in Swansea has been given a new lease of life as a new walking and cycling route. The route, in the Swansea community of Clydach, has been topped with a new accessible two metre wide tarmac surface to create a new shared use path for walkers and cyclists. Read More

University Praised for Pioneering Work Championing the Importance of a Circular Economy

Swansea University’s commitment to promoting a circular economy has won international recognition. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has named it as an exemplar university for the range of activities it carries out, not only through research and teaching but also in the way it runs its campuses. The Foundation aims to accelerate the transition from our linear economy (make, use, dispose) to a circular economy, which is restorative and regenerative by design. Read More

‘Development of national significance’ for three wind turbines

A proposal for a three 4.3MW turbine wind farm on land near Valero, to the east of Rhoscrowther has been submitted by Keith McKinney for Rhoscrowther Wind Farm Limited, and it is said to have the potential to generate enough energy to power around 9,900 homes. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Carmarthenshire Museum to open for National Gallery painting exhibition

People will be able to see Jean-Siméon Chardin’s ‘The House of Cards’, a painting from the National Gallery’s masterpiece collection, which was painted by the French artist in around 1740–1. Carmarthenshire Museum was chosen by the National Gallery as one of only three museums in the UK to exhibit part of its collection. The museum, in Abergwili, re-opens following completion of the first phase of restoration by Carmarthenshire County Council, which has invested significantly to create a better environment for museum collections. Read More

An international wine fair is coming to Swansea in June

We all know Swansea and wine go hand-in-hand – just have a look at Wind Street on Beaujolais Day each November – but there’s a new wine event coming to town this summer. Hosted by Swansea-based wine seller, N.D. John Wine Merchants, the new “Swansea International Wine Fair 2022” has just been announced and promises to transform the National Waterfront Museum into a “wine, beer and spirits wonderland”. Read More

Escape is confirmed for Swansea’s Singleton Park for summer 2022

If you ask Swansea locals what parties or festivals they remember from the late ’90s and noughties, one word is sure to be mentioned time and time again: Escape. Escape Music Events have announced the festival will be returning to Singleton Park. Organisers have confirmed that the newly-named Escape Festival on Saturday, August 20 2022 and say iy will be “bigger and better” than ever before – with some 10,000 people set to fill the crowds. Read More

You can go ice skating in Neath and Port Talbot town centres this month

It’s time to get your skates on as a synthetic ice rink is coming to Neath and Port Talbot town centres this month. Neath Port Talbot Council has announced the aptly-named “Skating in the Town Centre” event is skating into Neath on February 11 and 12, and to Port Talbot on February 18 and 19. People of all ages will be able to skate to their heart’s content, for just £3 per person for a 30-minute slot. Read More

EDUCATION

UWTSD celebrates its bicentenary

The story of higher education in Wales began 200 years ago with a vision and the knowledge that Wales could not prosper – spiritually, culturally nor economically – without educating its people and establishing a formal institution to serve Wales. Thomas Burgess, then Bishop of St David’s, achieved what others had attempted to do for centuries before and establish the first higher education institution in Wales, with the foundation stone being laid on 12 August 1822. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Home Education Class
Every Monday 14:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free yoga classes Platfform 13-16 year olds
Every Monday 16:30 – 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Import Procedures
8 February 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Parent & Baby Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 10:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Preschool Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Crowdfund Swansea online workshop
8 February 12:00
Online
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Primary Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 16:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Tween & Teen Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Swansea Council – Leader update for small businesses
8 February 17:30 – 19:30
Grand Hotel, Swansea
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wednesday Networking
9 February 08:30 – 10:00
Online
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
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Suicide Prevention- Strategies for the Workplace
9 February 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Business Swansea Start-Up Enterprise Club – Getting started on Instagram
10 February 10:00 – 11:30
Online
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Job Search Support
Every Thursday 10:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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ION Open Doors – Developing your Entrepreneurial Mindset
10 February 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the kiosk, Secret Cafe, Swansea
Hosted by the Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
10 February 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Stress Management Course
Every Thursday 14:30 – 15:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Online Taster Sessions – Advocacy & Sociology
10 February 19:00 – 20:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Wellbeing Economy Wales – Crypto Cymru?
10 February 19:00 – 20:30
Online
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Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 week course Fridays 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Drum Circle With Earth Chants
11 February 17:00 – 18:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Kids Mindful Gardening
Every Saturday 10:00 – 11:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Power of Tapping Workshop
12 February 11:30 – 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
12 February
Family 12:30 – 14:00
Teen/Tween 14:30 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Kirtan – Anahata Svara
12 February 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Made In Tennessee – 2022 NEW DATE
12 February 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Free your neck and shoulders
13 February 10:30 – 11:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Transport Changes Here – Youth Engagement Event
15 February 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by South West Wales Connected
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Keeping Fit & Well – Advice for Older Workers
15 February 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
16 February 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Online Taster Sessions – Psychology
16 February 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Trading with the EU
17 February 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Mindfulness in the Garden
Every 3rd Thursday in the month 10:30 – 11:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Online Taster Sessions – Education Studies
17 February 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Wales Virtual Networking
17 February 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Transport Changes Here – Youth Engagement Event
17 February 16:00 – 17:00
Online
Hosted by South West Wales Connected
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NAVF 2022: Concert
18 February 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day
19 February
Singleton Campus and Bay Campus, Swansea University
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UWTSD Carmarthen Open Day
19 February 10:00 – 15:00
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen Campus
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Sound Journey (soundbath)
19 February 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Film On Sunday: MR JONES
20 February 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Promoting Employee Financial Wellbeing in Wales through Salary Saving
22 February 10:30 – 11:30
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Managing Attendance with a Wellbeing Approach
22 February 17:00 – 18:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Business Swansea Power Hour – Making your Business Funding Ready
24 February 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Developed in partnership with the Development Bank of Wales
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Wales Virtual Networking
24 February 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Virtual Open Evening – Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
24 February 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
26 February
Family 09:30 – 11:00
Teen/Tween 11:30 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Queens Hall Wedding Fair
27 February 10:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Menopause Yoga Workshop
27 February 10:00 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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