To help raise funds for the transport scheme we recycle glass bottles and create a variety of products for sale: ornaments for the garden and home, sharp free glass chips for plant pots and garden paths and new to the range our glass jewellery produced directly from recycled bottles and glass.
March Update 2016
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport retain Social Enterprise Mark
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport are proud to announce that they have retained their social enterprise mark again this year.
They are one of only four community transport schemes to have this mark, the other 3 being very large schemes in the south of England. The Social Enterprise Mark is only awarded to credible social enterprises that can prove they operate with the central aim of using income and profits to maximise positive social and/or environmental impact, taking precedent over a requirement to maximise personal profit for owners and shareholders.
Not only have Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport been awarded this Mark for another year, they have been selected to be one of the social enterprises that demonstrate to other applicants, effective examples of social impact statements and supporting evidence.
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement for all applicants and renewing Mark Holders to provide at least three ‘social impact statements’, which illustrate how they are striving to meet their social/environmental objectives. Below are examples of how Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport is making a mark, striving to make a difference to our local community:
Enabling social interaction via community hub
We have recently opened our own community centre/social hub at the old station in Llanwrtyd. We use the hub as a centre where people can get to together over a cuppa.
We have various activities including coffee mornings, exercise clubs, and befrienders. We offer free transport to those who are unable to make their own way to the hub, ensuring no one is socially excluded. We also have computers in the hub, so those who have no access at home can access the internet to access any information they may require.
Reducing social isolation via ‘shoppa’ service
We run twice weekly shoppa services for anyone unable to access regular means of transport. This not only allows our users to get to the shops to get what they need, it is also a social outing; they regularly all go for a meal out when they go on the shoppa trips.
Through these trips, the users create a friendship wheel, where they all communicate and check on each other on a regular basis. This is a great way to break the loneliness that can be felt by many who suffer with rural isolation.
Community garden project
Our community garden is managed by volunteers, and all the fresh produce is distributed to those in need in the local community.
Many families find it difficult to afford fresh fruit and veg, so this is a way of us ensuring they always have access to fresh produce. Last year we supplied 27 families with fresh fruit and vegetables on a weekly basis.
Recycling At Spring Festival Reaches Record Figure
Events Recycling at Llanwrtyd Community Transport based at Cilmeri, believe they have achieved a first in Wales.
By working closely with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and taking control of the recycling of waste at the Spring Festival at the RWAS showground in Builth Wells in May; Events Recycling managed a recycling rate of 73.9%; this is believed to be the highest recycling figure achieved from recycling waste at an event in Wales.
Events Recycling, a not for profit organisation, works with Event Organisers across Wales by providing a recycling management service which helps them to recycle into dedicated waste streams for recycling; waste that would normally end up being sent to landfill.
Set up in 2006, Events Recycling has worked hard to get recycling at events taken seriously and to move it up the events agenda.
“We are absolutely thrilled that we have managed such a high recycling rate at the Spring Festival, this has been achieved through the hard work of our Recycling Wardens who help and advise the public at shows, and monitor the recycling bins carefully” said Della Bufton, Co-ordinator for the project. “The staff at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society should also be applauded as they have shown great commitment to the recycling agenda and support the whole concept of recycling at their events” continued Della.
Over the two days of the Spring Festival 12430 Kg of waste was generated, only 27% has ended up in landfill, this is an exceptional achievement. The recyclate from the show will now be recycled into new products which includes garden compost from the food waste and compostable food containers.
To aid the recycling work, Events Recycling takes all glass from the events and implodes it creating decorative glass cullet. This can be used in a number of ways; including the organisations own production of garden ornaments made from resin and concrete which is mixed with the glass. Any funds raised from the sales are then ploughed back into the community transport project which provides the much needed transport service for those living in the isolated communities in the Llanwrtyd Wells area.
For more information visit/contact:
Llanwrtyd Community Transport
Tunnel Site, Cilmeri, Builth Wells LD2 3FL
Phone: 01982 551295/552727