Energy is all around us

Energy is all around us

Rising energy prices have put a huge squeeze on household budgets and continue to drive inflation. But the energy we need is already all around us, it’s just a lot of it’s untapped!

The International Energy Agency estimates that floating wind turbines could help provide enough electricity to satisfy the world’s electricity needs eleven times over (Pic: Principle Power Dock 90)

Did you know renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels, which have soared in price during the war in Ukraine? Onshore and offshore wind and solar power cost about £40 per megawatt hour, but gas fired power generation costs about £140 per megawatt hour.

And some of the most exciting opportunities are around floating offshore wind farms, which the Celtic Sea seems purpose built for.

If you don’t like the look of wind turbines – don’t worry because floating wind farms are much further out to sea! Conventional offshore wind turbines are fixed to the seabed, which means they can only be used in waters up to sixty metres deep. That means around 80% of the exploitable energy resources of our oceans remain largely unharnessed. The International Energy Agency estimates that floating wind turbines could help provide enough electricity to satisfy the world’s electricity needs eleven times over!

The floating wind sector contributed nearly £2.2m to the Welsh economy in recent years. It’s expected to grow significantly over the next decade, with £682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall predicted by 2030!

So what kinds of projects are we going to see?

Blue Gem have proposed Erebus, a 96MW test and demonstration project, which will become one of the largest floating offshore wind projects in the world when constructed in 2026. Erebus will consist of six to ten turbines up to16MW in size. These turbines could be up to two hundred and sixty five metres from sea surface to blade tip, which is about twice the height of the London Eye! Just one rotation provides enough energy to power an entire household for over twenty four hours. Erebus will be followed by Valorous, a 300MW early commercial project, capable of providing green energy to 279,652 homes per year. Both projects are named after famous ships built in Pembroke Dock.

Pembroke Dock based Hiraeth Energy, working in collaboration with Magnora Offshore Wind, will develop two floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea, called Môr Glas and Môr Gwyrdd, with up to 700MW total installed capacity. It’s been reported that these wind farms could power half the homes in Wales! This partnership is particularly exciting as it’s committed to enabling a proportion of community ownership and has ring fenced 10% of the Môr Glas and Môr Gwyrdd  projects for this purpose.

Floating wind farms also form part of the £60m Pembroke Dock Marine programme, which aims to place Pembrokeshire at the heart of global zero carbon marine energy innovation.

The Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone, managed by WaveHub, is a 90km2 area of sea, being developed for the demonstration of wave and floating offshore wind technologies with a capacity of up to 180MW.

Pembroke Dock Marine will also include the Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence, providing research, development and demonstration support, developments to Pembroke Port to create spaces that help industry fabricate, launch and maintain devices, and the Marine Energy Test Area, which provides eight low cost, low risk test areas for marine energy developers. The programme is expected to generate £73.5m a year for the regional economy.

But it’s not just Pembrokeshire.

There are also a big opportunities for Port Talbot, who RWE are working with to see whether their port facilities can support a number of gigawatt scale floating wind projects.

At a recent meeting of the Neath Port Talbot Innovation Exchange (which we host in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council for businesses in the manufacturing and engineering sectors across the county), Andrew Clarke from ABP presented exciting plans for investment in the expansion of the port, specifically with a view to it being a key gateway to Wales’ floating offshore wind sites.

This would see Port Talbot becoming a globally significant production hub by the end of the decade, using the port’s unique combination of deep water access, brownfield land, rail connections, manufacturing capacity and skilled labour. Port Talbot will be where thousands of blades, mooring systems, substructures and cables are made, married up with tower sections and nacelles, and towed out to destination sites.

Swansea based Marine Power Systems have developed the only solution of its type that can be configured to harness both wind and wave energy in deep water. Notably they consider the whole lifecycle of their platforms. With the earliest offshore wind farms already reaching the end of their lives, Marine Power Systems have worked with Swansea University to look at how they can eventually be recovered and recycled back into their component parts.

We don’t always know when the wind will be blowing. But marine renewables are always predictable!

A groundbreaking project proposed for Swansea’s waterfront will see a newly designed tidal lagoon, featuring state of the art underwater turbines generating three hundred and twenty megawatts of renewable energy from the 9.5km structure.

The lagoon is part of the larger Blue Eden project led by DST Innovations which will also include a manufacturing plant to make high tech batteries for renewable energy storage, a battery facility that will store the renewable energy produced (If constructed now, it would be the world’s largest facility of its kind), a floating solar array (This would be the UK’s largest facility of its kind), a data centre (This would be the UK’s first centre of its kind), residential waterfront homes for five thousand people, and approximately a hundred and fifty floating, highly energy efficient eco-homes. All of this will be powered by the renewable energy produced on site!

Blue Eden will create over two thousand five hundred permanent jobs, support a further sixteen thousand jobs across the UK, and create additional jobs during its construction. Subject to planning consent, work could start early next year.

And what about on dry land? If you’re a business, solar energy offers plenty of opportunities.

Egni Co-op has already installed over 4.5MWp of capacity on ninety sites, including schools, community buildings and businesses (Pic: Egni Co-op)

Could the sun power a hospital? It was hoped a solar farm would supply Morriston Hospital in Swansea with a fifth of its energy consumption every year. But at times it was able to provide all the electricity needed to run the site, even during the winter months, and even sell energy back to the National Grid! It was thought, when fully operational, the scheme would cut carbon emissions by a thousand tonnes and save £500,000 a year, but with energy prices rising, the health board now believes savings could be almost double that figure.

Could the sun power a university? RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services and EFT Consult are working on a highly innovative project to install rooftop and carport solar photovoltaics schemes, as well as a battery energy storage system and electric vehicle chargers at Swansea University. The project will demonstrate how a large site can control its impact on the grid by storing energy generated from renewable sources, drawing down from the grid only when power is cheapest or least carbon intensive.

Could the sun power your business?

Egni Co-op has already installed over 4.5MWp of capacity on ninety sites, including schools, community buildings and businesses.

Swansea BID wants to go even further than that, and is currently crowdfunding for Solar Swansea, a project to create an urban solar farm on the flat roofs of Swansea city centre. This, combined with the Blue Eden project, would potentially make Swansea city centre self-sustaining!

But you don’t always need to think big with solar energy. When Ashley Collins, sole trader of Flynn’s Coffee, wanted to convert her mobile café to run entirely on solar power she was told it couldn’t be done. She taught herself electronics by researching online and watching YouTube videos and now runs her mobile barista venture on solar power while selling her coffee at festivals and events across South Wales, in between basing the business in Swansea Marina.

Energy prices are rising. But renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels. It’s all around us, it’s just a lot of it’s untapped!

4theRegion has been given the opportunity to host a business conference for Swansea that will give local companies a meaningful voice and part to play in the county’s green transition. Energy will be a big part of that! The Swansea Green Recovery Business Conference takes place in Brangwyn Hall on June 27th. You can register your free place here, and if you’d like to be involved, please contact zoe@4theRegion.org.uk

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!
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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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How do we feed ourselves?

How do we feed ourselves?

The food and farming sector is different from every other sector because it’s vital for our survival. We need food for our health, continued life, and continued participation in our communities.

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? (Pic: Pixabay)

Food can be a powerful force for good, reconnecting us with our natural world, with our local places, and with each other, and making us more resilient, as people and communities.

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?

In 1984, Britain produced enough food to feed itself for 306 days of the year. By 2021, the country only produced enough to feed itself for 233 days.

In terms of meat, Wales produces mostly beef and lamb but eats mostly pork and chicken. Only 0.1% of our land is used to grow fruit and vegetables, producing 19,551 tonnes a year. That’s enough to give 3.5% of the population their five a day!

The war in Ukraine has made us even more aware of our reliance on imports for up to 40% of our food. Before the war, Ukraine was producing 12% of the world’s wheat and 46% of its sunflower oil. Russia is also a major producer of wheat and seed oils.

So what can we do?

In Wales about 400,000 tonnes of food are wasted each year. If only 1% of that is edible it would be enough to contribute to over nine million meals! Thankfully there are groups ensuring some of this food goes where it’s needed. FairShare Cymru distributes surplus food to organisations working to address poverty. Swansea Community Fridge provides surplus food to all on a take what you need pay what you can basis.

Sometimes farmers and growers have no choice but to leave some crops unharvested. The food gets left in the fields or is ploughed back in the soil. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as unpredictable weather reducing demand, overproduction, and because crops don’t meet the cosmetic specifications required by retailers.

FairShare Cymru are looking at working with growers on a gleaning project. This would involve teams of volunteers salvaging fresh, nutritious food from farms and directing it to organisations such as homeless hostels and charities. Similar schemes in England have already salvaged tonnes of excellent but unharvested produce, including apples, cabbages, cauliflowers, spring greens and kale.

But we can also grow a lot more food!

Agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principals in farming. We should be driving increased production of, and demand for, sustainably and regionally produced, nutritious, culturally appropriate foods as part of a green economic recovery.

In a world of increasing urbanisation, producing food in and around cities has the potential to improve nutritional and health outcomes, alleviate poverty, provide habitat for wildlife, create sustainable cities, and reduce food miles and transportation costs.

Not that long ago, market gardens were providing most towns and cities with a flow of fresh produce, so it makes sense to revive and improve upon this model. There are exciting opportunities to use the peri-urban fringe (land adjacent to urban settlements) to provide more agroecologically produced food and to connect urban and rural economies through food growing.

Research has found converting just 1.4% of land growing cereals and grassland around London to vegetables could produce an additional 1.3 million kilos of food for communities.

And peri-urban farming would provide a lot of additional social, economic and ecological benefits. It would generate goods and services that support community wealth building, provide jobs and training, give people access to green space and outdoor learning at the edge of built up cities, and support community development through community owned resources, events and volunteering.

Carbon capture and storage, above and below ground, through farming approaches that work with natural cycles would in effect create ‘carbon sinks’ surrounding urban space and would benefit natural capital assets such as flood risk adaptation.

We’ve said before that trees are great and we want to see more of them. However, there is a danger that corporations are ‘pricing out’ farmers by buying up land for tree planting. So how can we address this?

Agroforestry is a great example of agroecology. It means combining trees and farming and demonstrates how food production and nature can co-exist. Grazing farm animals under trees gives them shelter and food, while their manure enriches the soil. And planting trees on land normally used to grow cereal crops means you can provide another crop, such as fruit, nuts or timber. This provides another income stream for farmers and also protects soils from erosion, because the trees’ deep roots help create a healthy soil structure.

And what about within our towns and cities themselves?

Currently only 1% of urban green space is used for allotments, but research shows urban and under utilised green spaces could produce nearly 40% of the UK’s fresh fruit and vegetables!

A recent study found ‘citizen scientists’ in Brighton and Hove, who were growing fruit and vegetables on their allotments, gardens and balconies, were able to harvest a kilo of fruit and vegetables per square metre in a season. This puts their yields within the range of conventional farms! And some people were harvesting up to 10 kilos per square metre. This is just from insect pollinated crops, so it’s probably an underestimate.

The urban growers were each able to grow an average of £550 worth of produce between March and October. £380 worth of this was from insect pollinated produce, such as squash, courgettes, blackberries, tomatoes, apples and beans, weighing an average of 70 kilos. Berries were the most attractive crop to pollinators. Growers used less pesticides than conventional farming techniques, using them in under 10% of pest cases. If you’re wondering, the most common pests were slugs, snails and aphids, and the worst affected produce was soft fruit and beans.

Urban and peri-urban farming can further be supported by removing the current 5 hectare eligibility criteria for farming support. This would make it easier for small growers to produce sustainably grown nutritious local food.

We need to take action to transform food and farming in South West Wales, so that healthy local food is accessible to all and good for the planet. We believe food can be a powerful force for good. It can reconnect us with our natural world, our local places, and with each other, and make us more resilient, as people and communities.

On behalf of Swansea Council, 4theRegion is convening a Green Recovery Conference & Exhibition on June 16th to showcase the businesses, projects and organisations who are leading the city’s green recovery. Food will be a big part of that! You can register for free here, and if you’d like to be involved, please contact zoe@4theRegion.org.uk

Regional Food Conference April 2022 Follow Up

Regional Food Conference April 2022 Follow Up

FOOD FOR THE REGION APRIL FOLLOW-UP

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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
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Food For The Region
5 April 10:00 – 12:30
Online
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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
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Managing Attendance with a Wellbeing Approach
6 April 10:00 – 11:00
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE (3)
13 April 10:00 – 12:00
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Wales Virtual Networking
14 April 13:00 – 14:00
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Long Covid- Returning to Work after Covid-19
27 April 11:30 – 12:30
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Online Taster Sessions – Youth Work and Social Education
27 April 18:00
Online
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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
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Wales Virtual Networking
28 April 13:00 – 14:00
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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
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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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Everybody’s Business

Everybody’s Business

At 4theRegion we want to ensure South West Wales is a welcoming and safe region where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and progress fulfilling careers. Building cohesive communities is about developing neighbourhoods, social spaces and workplaces where difference is welcomed and celebrated. This involves moving beyond narratives of ‘us’ and ‘them’ towards a greater sense of trust and a shared sense of belonging.

How can businesses play a role in supporting cohesive communities? (Pic: fauxels)

Building a more cohesive society is 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! Everybody’s Business, produced in conjunction with the Intercultural Cities Network, sets out how businesses can play a role in supporting cohesive communities, and how local authorities can support them in doing this. The report draws its findings from a series of roundtable conversations with local authorities and businesses in a number of towns and cities across the UK, including Swansea.

Belong use the term ‘social cohesion’ to describe how well people from different backgrounds mix, interact and get along with each other. Those differences can be ethnicity, faith, social class, age, gender, sexuality, or a range of other differences that might potentially divide us.

There’s lots of potential to support community cohesion within a business! Research shows that workplaces can provide the opportunity for people from different backgrounds to connect in a way that leads to more positive attitudes towards diversity and higher levels of social cohesion. If you work in a diverse workplace you’re more likely to have friends from different backgrounds, although your interactions will need to be more than passing for the effects to extend beyond the workplace.

By their very nature, some businesses represent vital social infrastructure providing opportunities for people to meet and mix across different boundaries. And the experience of the pandemic has made clear the vital importance of these shared spaces! As ‘third places’, other than home and work, they provide a venue where members of the community can interact with one another informally, and where collective space can be provided for community initiatives such as charitable fundraising.

So how can you as a business help maximise the positive impact you have?

First and foremost, recruiting a workforce which fully reflects the diversity of local communities, across all functions and levels of seniority, is necessary for any business that wants to support social cohesion.

As a business, you can promote an inclusive culture through cohesion aware management. This means creating a climate of openness and trust, ensuring demographic attributes (ethnicity, gender, sexuality etc) do not overlap with functional roles and supporting meaningful interactions between people of all backgrounds across the workforce, are key elements of workplaces that support cohesion.

You can enable minorities and diverse groups to lead innovation. Ensuring that innovation is led by diverse teams and people from under represented groups enables better understanding of the needs of communities and increases awareness of market and product opportunities that might otherwise be missed.

You can invest in social infrastructure in the local community. What can you do to support welcoming, inclusive community spaces? This could be in the course of your everyday operations or, for example, through the innovative use of your commercial property.

Businesses can also deliver added social value by supporting community organisations and initiatives which build cohesive communities.

You can do this by partnering with a local community group or charity. Imagine if more businesses were regularly twinned with a local community group or charity as part of an ongoing relationship? This could involve sponsorship or support in kind, and would help deepen the connections between a business and the community around it.

You can provide direct support through employee volunteering. You can enable more employee volunteering which aids charities, community groups and hubs supporting community life and bringing people together. This helps to connect employees to the community and to people from different backgrounds.

You can localise your supply chain. By applying the ‘think local’ principle to as much of their supply chain as possible, businesses can extend more opportunities to the local community, and help to strengthen the networks of social and economic ties that can support cohesive communities.

And, wherever possible, you should evaluate the impact of work that you’re doing to support social cohesion.

It’s great to see the report citing our members Gower Gas and Oil as example of what businesses in the region are already doing! The heating services company has led a variety of initiatives to address social isolation. The #DontDanceAlone social media campaign, in partnership with The Wave and Swansea Sound, has raised awareness of isolation amongst older people and helped raise money for older people’s charities. Gower Gas and Oil also help coordinate the Gower Isolation Support Group, which helps ensure that isolated older people are visited regularly, with a view to ensuring positive social and health outcomes, which was particularly important during lockdown.

And what can local authorities do to support businesses to do all this? The report says they can provide leadership by being clear about how businesses can support local cohesion objectives and playing a coordinating role in helping them do so. They can incentivise businesses to act through highlighting cohesion outcomes in their approach to procurement and social value, and by recognising businesses that do this well. And they create an evaluation framework based on local needs, providing a robust and rigorous framework for evaluating cohesion oriented activity that businesses carry out, including shared measures and reporting.

Everyone has a role to play in building and maintaining cohesive communities. And it is particularly good to see a report which focusses on the often under appreciated role businesses can play in supporting social cohesion. If you’d like to find out more about how businesses can be a force for good, join us at the Introbiz Expo on April 7th!

4theRegion is an alliance of people, businesses and organisations across South West Wales, who love where we live and want our region to flourish. We connect people, share good news and enable collaboration, through our forums, events, projects and comms, for a future that promotes the wellbeing of people and planet. Support our movement and be part of the solution!