Join Our Team and Our Mission For the Region

Join Our Team and Our Mission For the Region

We love where we live and want to help our region flourish, and we believe our best hope for the future lies in getting everyone working together towards a shared vision: greener, happier, healthier communities and a thriving regional economy.  Our values are positivity, collaboration and empowerment – because the future of our region is in all our hands!

If you share our vision and our values, perhaps you’d like to join our team, to make positive change happen for South West Wales?  It’s not just a job, it’s a mission – an opportunity to apply your unique skills, talents and passions, as part of an inspired and inspiring team, to transform our region over the coming years.

4theRegion is a Real Living Wage employer and committed to equal opportunities.  The wellbeing of our people comes first, so we are keen to discuss working patterns that work for each individual, and to ensure we are creating roles that play to each person’s strengths and passions.  We love what we do, and we want you to feel the same.  Get in touch to discuss any of the opportunities below:

 

South West Wales Connected – Community Rail Officer
from £12.50 per hour or £24,375 per annum
Full time / part time / flexible

Are you passionate about sustainable travel, sustainable tourism, and community involvement?  As the hosts of the regional Community Rail Partnership, 4theRegion is seeking to employ a new CRO to manage South West Wales Connected, an organisation established to leverage the benefits of the rail network in our region.

If you like building relationships, don’t mind attending a few meetings, and love getting out and about across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, here’s a job you can make your own.

How do you think we can encourage more people to use the train and other sustainable transport?  How do you think we can attract more visitors to our region by rail?  How do you think we can maximise the benefit of the railway in communities across South West Wales?  And how do you think we can promote partnership working to achieve all this?

If you’ve got ideas, are self-motivated, and able to manage the day to day running of a small, creative organisation, please apply via the online application form

Job Description – South West Wales Connected – Community Rail Officer

Updated application deadline: 9am 20th August 2021

Administration and Social Media Manager
from £9.50 per hour or £18,525 per annum
Full time / part time / flexible

If you’re all over social media and love communicating with people, as well as being super organised and a stickler for details, you could be just the person we are looking for!  We want to do a better job of getting our messages across to likeminded people in South West Wales with personality and enthusiasm, keeping our members up-to-date, attracting new ones, and sharing insights and news across our social media platforms. 

We also need to run a slick and well organised back office, keeping on top of calendar management, database admin, invoicing and book-keeping, and managing documents via Google Drive. If you could manage our admin, engage with our audience proactively on social media, and support the day-to-day running of the organisation with event support, online research, writing letters and keeping tidy records, we’d love to hear from you! 

You don’t need any special experience and full training will be provided.  This could be your first job or the next step in your career.  What you do need is an appreciation for communication, good IT confidence, and a strong desire to see us succeed in our mission.  Please apply via the application form.

Job Description – 4theRegion – Admin & Social Media Manager

Updated application deadline: 9am 20th August 2021

Projects Officer
from £9.50 per hour or £18,525 per annum
Full time / part time / flexible

We are an independent not-for-profit alliance, on a mission to make change happen in South West Wales, and we are incredibly busy with projects and collaborations across the region!  If you’d like to help us deliver changemaking initiatives in partnership with communities, organisations and businesses across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, this is an exciting opportunity to join our passionate team!

We know that collaboration can be messy, organic and challenging, but also rewarding, amazing and inspiring, and we’re looking for someone to help us unleash this potential across South West Wales.  You’ll need to help us secure funding for new projects, get stuck in with whatever it takes to get projects moving, and proactively engage with partner organisations, businesses and other stakeholders to empower, enable and remove obstacles.

From community gardens to placemaking projects, “buying local” initiatives to sector collaborations… If you’re passionate about helping to build thriving communities and a flourishing regional economy, please apply via the online application form.

Job Description – 4theRegion – Projects Officer

Updated application deadline: 9am 20th August 2021

4theRegion is proud to be a Real Living Wage employer

Decarbonising Homes – A Collective Learning Journey is Needed

Decarbonising Homes – A Collective Learning Journey is Needed

A Greener Local Supply Chain – Learning Journey

Wales has set ambitious targets to decarbonise housing over the next decades, but there are enormous challenges.  Not least is the need to development the skills and competence of the wider SME market in Wales, in terms of retrofit green skills.  Huge opportunities existing for small businesses in the construction sector, if they can get a grip of what’s needed to transform the way homes use energy, heat and materials.  Great career opportunities also exist for all those who are looking for an exciting growth sector in which to contribute.

In partnership with Wyn Pritchard from the Optimised Retrofit Programme, and with our members, Coastal Housing, Family Housing and Pobl Housing Group, 4theRegion has designed a project to begin to unlock some of these opportunities for the benefit of our region.  We have envisioned a collective learning journey that engages “the whole system” in thinking about the challenges and opportunities that exist and are emerging.  We are ideally placed, between us, to connect businesses, developments, residents and training providers, together with the major housing associations as key buyers/clients in that supply chain.  With a trifecta focus on Partnership Working, Community Engagement and Business Engagement, we need to:

  • Raise awareness among businesses and SMEs of new bizdev opportunities
  • Promote opportunities for training, career development
  • Involve people and bring them with us in understanding new technologies and what they would like to see
  • Break down silos between all pieces of the puzzle
  • Share best practice, learning from those who are already doing great work in this sector

As in everything we do, 4theRegion believes fundamentally that we need to involve everyone in the process of transformation, expecting wisdom, leadership, ideas and talent to emerge from any/every part of the whole system.  We have yet to identify the project funding to take this proposal forward, but encourage interested partners to get in touch to further the discussion.

Contact dawn@4theregion.org.uk

Tribute to Peter Jones

Tribute to Peter Jones

It’s with huge sadness that we say goodbye to our great supporter and friend, Peter Jones, who passed away last week. Peter was Chair of Swansea Bay Futures where Dawn and I met and was a great help to us in creating 4theRegion. Peter was a former partner at Morgan Cole solicitors, and was a well connected and highly respected lawyer, with friends and clients across South West Wales. Our thoughts are with Peter’s family at this sad time.

A Region of Sanctuary

A Region of Sanctuary

Workshop on Employment for Refugees
2pm-5pm 14th June

4theRegion is supporting this workshop which is held as part of a day conference celebrating 10 years of Swansea City of Sanctuary, held in partnership with The Open University: Improving Access to Higher Education and Employment for Forced Migrants, Please take a look at the promotional video: https://youtu.be/38mFXKg6yQM

There is huge potential among refugees which is often left untapped and becomes a human waste. There are a great many barriers to be overcome before it can be realised.  Still, with the right support, refugees can be a huge asset to an employer and to society in general.  At this workshop you will hear directly from refugees with lived experience of and some case studies of proven ways of providing support, and join in exploring concrete solutions, including how Employers can be part of the solution.

Please join us on 14 June and help us to debate these matters, at a moment when Swansea not only celebrates a decade of being a City of Sanctuary, but also when the Welsh Government’s Nation of Sanctuary Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan might be realised following elections in May 2021. You register for the whole conference, which includes speakers such as Jane Hutt MS, Elodie Mignard, Alphonsine Kabagabo and many more discussing broader issues surrounding access to Higher Education and Employment for forced migrants. but you are very welcome to attend just the afternoon workshop.  Whether you are a policy maker, asylum seeker, refugee, researcher, academic, community organisation, if you are interested in developing solutions to lack of access, or particularly if you represent a business or employer willing to play a part but wanting to know how to do so effectively, please come along!

Register for this event: https://heefm.eventbrite.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Regional Transport Conference 2021

Regional Transport Conference 2021

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

9th & 10th February 2021

A Major Regional Conversation About Transport, brought to you by Swansea Environmental Forum and 4theRegion, sponsored by Natural Resources Wales and South West Wales Connected.

Hosted over two consecutive days via Zoom, the Regional Transport Conference brought together around 150 people to discuss the issues and opportunities relating to transport in South West Wales.  A detailed report of the Event Aims, the format of the event, and feedback from participants is available as a PDF here:  EVENT REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

TRANSPORT ROUNDTABLE

Regional transport thoughtleaders were invited to discuss their perspectives on key issues relating to transport, two weeks prior to the conference, in a roundtable discussion, recorded and released as part of our podcast and Youtube series, Build Back Better.

PRESENTATIONS

READ OUR MANIFESTO

Capturing the key messages from this two-day co-production event, here are some of the recommendations and responsibilities for communities, businesses, organisations and individuals at every level.


What Local Authorities Can Do

  • Co-production – talk to communities about sustainable transport
  • Prioritise investment in active travel routes
  • Support active travel with street lights, secure bike parks…
  • Create bus lanes!
  • Lead the way by switching to EV fleet (as in Swansea)
  • Provide staff with access to pool cars, e-bikes and e-scooters
  • Re-establish the waterways – use local canals
  • 20mph zones to improve cycling safety and deter cars
  • The biggest deterrent to cycling is safety!

Planning Policy

  • The planning system needs to catch up with WBFGA goals
  • Town Centre First – no more out of town developments
  • Develop supplementary planning guidance
  • Insist on active travel and public transport strategies
  • Don’t permit new homes to be built that require car ownership
  • Encourage community car-share schemes and renewable EV charging
  • Insist on bike storage for every home
  • Secure bike storage for every business / destination
  • Stop allowing low density out-of-town developments
  • Offer workshops and support for developers to promote best practice
  • Promote the vision of the 5-minute town/city
  • Encourage resources back into communities to reduce need to travel
  • Stop building hospitals that can only be reached by car!
  • Revise Local Development Plans to reflect the WBFGA

Communities

  • Create mobility hubs with shared ebikes, e-scooters, bike storage
  • Crowdfund for EV charging and EV car share co-ops (dan@awel.coop)
  • Set up a Bike Library, provide road cycle training in the community
  • Establish local groups (eg Living Streets) to create change locally
  • Keep it local: buy local and use local services
  • Promote and coordinate lift sharing (eg local Whatsapp groups)
  • Withdraw mileage reimbursements for local councillors/officers
  • Refund transport fares instead!
  • Make cycling or walking to school the norm – work with schools
  • Promote/support community transport options that already exist
  • Establish a community transport and taxi company
  • Recruit local volunteers as community drivers – provide shared vehicles
  • Help people become confident public transport travellers
  • Invite Transport for Wales to come and talk to your community
  • Encourage stories and visible representation in active travel

Bus and Train Operators

Treat service users as the experts!  We need to involve people who use public transport and those from seldom heard groups, at the start of transport design and ongoing. People who use the transport systems have got the answers, and sometimes these are cheap and simple things to implement.

  • We must enable bikes on buses and trains as a priority
  • Empower communities to design their own networks
  • Involve young people in designing campaigns to promote public transport
  • Involve disabled communities in designing support for accessible travel
  • Accessible timetables and information – colour coding can help.
  • Promote Traveline Cymru – collaborate to offer the best user experience!
  • Use technology to enable personalised travel plans
  • Collaborate and integrate with community transport organisations
  • Connect up transport modes – every bus should go to the train station!
  • Increase the number of bus stops around town
  • Plan a mix of express/direct and stopping / “round the houses” buses
  • More more space for wheelchairs on buses
  • Proactively address isolation, depression and health inequality
  • NPT, Swansea, LLanelli & Carmarthen are ideal regional hydrogen electric bus routes
  • Improve the profile and promotion of public transport
  • Make transport interchanges more welcoming and safer
  • Safe waiting rooms at all stations – safety concerns deter travel
  • Waiting rooms and toilets need to be open outside of ticket office hours
  • Recruit local volunteers to support people with additional needs
  • Involve communities around stations – eg community gardens, social enterprises
  • Promote discounts such as My Travel Pass – https://mytravelpass.gov.wales/
  • Public transport needs to be cheaper.  Or free.

 

VIEW THE EVENT REPORT

Employers & Businesses

  • Talk to staff about how they could reduce car use
  • Make reducing car use / decarbonisation a KPI
  • Choose office locations in town centres / public transport hubs
  • Ensure staff have other options – then charge for car parking
  • Promote, coordinate and incentivise car sharing for staff
  • Reward / incentivise active travel and public transport use
  • Provide showers and changing facilities to support active travel
  • Ditch the dress code – accept people in bike gear at work
  • Support staff to buy bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters (eg Wheels to Work)
  • Consider setting up a bike library
  • Be flexible about start/finish times to enable public transport use
  • Enable a mix of home working to reduce commuting
  • Provide staff buses to and from nearby communities (eg DVLA, Amazon)
  • Employers could collaborate and pool resources
  • Get support to install EV charging points
  • Set up an EV pool car scheme so staff access to cars only when needed
  • Stop reimbursing car mileage – pay for public transport fares instead
  • “40p per mile for cycling, not petrol!”
  • Meet clients at sustainable travel hubs eg train stations / town centre
  • Recommend sustainable travel options to clients and visitors
  • Make international travel a rare exception – meet online
  • Join the Swansea Bay Sustainable Travel Planning Forum (j.cornelius@swansea.ac.uk)
  • Talk to local bus operators to make the case for new services

General Comments

  • Transport should be regarded as a universal basic service – like healthcare and education.  Plus decarbonising transport is a priority to avert climate disaster.  Lobby your politicians to make it so!  Demand that governments stop spending money on new roads, and put that money into public transport services instead.  Public transport needs to be cheaper.  Or free.

  • Investment in rail is welcomed, but buses carry more people and reach more communities, so we will get much more ‘bang for the buck’ by investing in bus services.  If governments are going to bail out transport operators in hard times, and subsidise their operations (ie socialising the losses), it should be possible to make greater demands and re-regulate the transport industry to provide universal access to decent services.

  • We need much more infrastructure for electric vehicle charging across the region, but private EV cars are not the answer and won’t address the climate crisis or transport inequality.  EV Car Share projects should be supported in communities and by employers – so that people can have access to a car without needing to own one.

  • In towns and cities where sustainable travel options exist, and once governments have invested significantly in those options, we should support new legislation that makes car users pay the true cost of car use (eg congestion charging, parking charges, tolls).  In rural areas, those same policies would be unfair and would worsen travel inequality.

  • Planning policy is a key lever.  We must stop allowing low density out-of-town development which makes people car-dependent, and embrace a “town centre first” approach for residential, commercial, leisure and health developments.  Locating jobs, services and facilities in local communities will help make sustainable places where people don’t need to own a car.

  • Fair pay and conditions for delivery drivers and cyclists – which is a growing sector thanks to the growth of online ordering.  Van delivery drivers are paid per parcel thereby incentivising drivers to drive fast and unsafely.  We need a real living wage paid to all workers.

 

REGIONAL TRANSPORT MANIFESTO

Capturing the wisdom and insights shared during the 8 hours of discussion over the two days of the conference, we made extensive notes and recordings, which were later analysed and summarised into a concise list of recommendations.  These recommendations not just for politicians and council executives, but for businesses, employers, transport operators, communities and individuals – because we all have a part to play in creating a more environmentally sustainable, and more equal and accessible, regional transport system.  The recommendations that were co-produced by 150 conference participants have now been published as a clear and easy-to-read Regional Transport Manifesto. 

Click through the slides below, or view the PDF here:  SWWCo Regional Transport Manifesto 2021.

PARTICIPANTS & FEEDBACK

What did you like about the event?”

  • Ability to have a say
  • Opportunity for everyone to share concerns and put forward ideas – a good mix of people from different places and, organisations and interests
  • The breakout sessions were full of interesting information and ideas
  • Wealth of ideas, appreciated and facilitated by the organisers
  • The cross section of professions/perspectives represented at the forum
  • Good level of discussion via break out rooms
  • Plenty of positive interaction
  • It was virtual and didn’t involve lots of people driving to the venue
  • The efficiency of break-out rooms, discussion and back into the main room was seamless
  • That participants were able to contribute freely and there were lots of good ideas.
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with a wide range of individuals and organisations
  • Lots of different representatives….. not just the usual suspects! Also very well run.
  • Very well organised, with a good structure over the 2 days. 
  • I would like to be involved in helping with a car share group.
  • Everyone was encouraged to contribute. Breakout rooms efficiently handled. 
  • Great atmosphere.
  • Positive conversation amongst a wide range of people. Space for creativity.

The chart shows the mix of sectors that conference participants represented, which was an unusually good mix of public, private and community perspectives.  The event was intended to be an inclusive online event for car users, transport users, cyclists and pedestrians, even those who had never been involved in conversations about transport before.

Overall, how would you rate the event?”

To capture the wisdom and insights shared during the 8 hours of discussion over the two days of the conference, we made extensive notes and recordings, which were later analysed and summarised into a concise list of recommendations, which we have published as a Regional Manifesto. 

SWWCo Regional Transport Manifesto 2021

A key point to note is that our manifesto includes recommendations for all of us – not just for the politicians and council executives, but for businesses, employers, transport operators, communities and individuals. Everyone has a part to play in the transition to a greener, healthier, more equal, more integrated, more accessible and more affordable transport system for South West Wales.

EVENT REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

NEXT STEPS

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend and contribute to the wide ranging discussion.  This regional transport conference was the biggest and most inclusive conversation about travel and transport that South West Wales has ever seen, and tapped into the huge desire people have to discuss the issues and get their voices heard.

This is just the start of what we hope will be an ongoing conversation leading to real change for good. There was a consensus that we should keep this conversation going, with a regular regional community-led transport forum through which people can engage meaningfully with decision-makers, transport operators and each other.

If you are a regional organisation that recognises the need to involve communities more in your service design, strategy or policy development, or if we can support your upcoming consultations or community engagement objectives, please get in touch. We welcome the support of regional partners and look forward to hearing how you intend to address the recommendations of this conference.

And if you are someone who would like to stay involved with conversations and activities relating to travel and transport in our region, one way you can do this is to reach out to us (email zoe@4theregion.com) and ask to join the Community Rail Partnership.  We will also be emailing all conference attendees with future events that we think you will be interested in – and we invite you to keep us posted about your transport related projects and initiatives so that we can share, connect and support!