Local organisations

This is a list of organisations involved in environmental and social activities in the area that we know about. Please contact us to amend any details or add new ones. It lists in alphabetical order, where known: the name, location, telephone, website, area covered and activity/description.

Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen,Carmarthenshire, SA32 8QH. 01558 668998. http://www.aberglasney.org. Gardens

ALLTWALIS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Walis Lodge, Alltwalis, CARMARTHEN, SA32 7EA. 01559 384568, Alltwalis and surrounding areas, To promote social, cultural, sporting and general welfare activites to improve the quality of life for residents of Alltwalis and its surrounding areas.

Ammanford Lions Club, Ammanford Indoor Bowls Club, Manor Road, Ammanford, SA18 3AP. 01269 592900. http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ammanford/, Ammanford, Helps local people and groups who need assistance sometimes by raising much needed cash. It also offers physical help such as decorating, gardening or offering someone in need a lift to visit a relative.

ANTUR TEIFI, Parc Busnes, Aberarad, CASTELL NEWYDD EMLYN, SA38 9DB. 01239 710238,  Antur Teifi operates throughout Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire & beyond. It is a third sector company, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. Surpluses are ploughed back into community ventures and the volunteer Management Board and professional staff are accountable to its shareholders and community representatives.

AWEL AMAN TAWE, 76-78 Heol Gwilym, Cwmllynfell, ABERTAWE, SA9 2GN. 01639 830870, Awel Aman Tawe, Upper Aman Valley, Neath & Port Talbot, To contribute to the regeneration of the Upper Amman/Swansea Valley areas through development and implementation of a Community Energy Scheme.

BADGER WATCH & RESCUE DYFED, ‘Gwynfryn’, Brynteg, LLANYBYDDER, Badger Watch & Rescue Dyfed, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, Wildlife conservation especially badgers, survey s carried out for badgers, otters, dormouse and other species within counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Banc Organics. 01554 810894. www.bancorganics.co.uk, Gwendraeth, not-for-profit community supported food scheme which grows organic vegetables and fruit in Bancffosfelen and distributes them in the Gwendraeth valleys.

Brechfa Community Shop, SA32 7QY. 01267 202333, Brechfa. Groceries and Convenience Stores in Brechfa

BTCV CYMRU. 01792 818550. 01792 818559, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot, Supporting volunteers and communities to make positive changes to their environment, including building vital skills, providing environmental advice and practical support to get projects underway. Outside Carms.

Bwcabus. 01239 801 601. http://www.bwcabus.traveline-cymru.info/. County-wide, fully accessible local bus service which is tailored to the needs of the passengers by operating in response to pre-booked journey requests.

CARA CO-ORDINATION OF ANIMAL RESCUE AGENCIES, Penllwyn, Horeb, LLANDYSUL, SA44 4JJ. 01559 362990  We are an animal rescue organisation and try to help any animal in need. This includes birds, rabbits and reptiles. All animals are moved to specialist rescue centres and fostered to pre-approved fosters in their own homes. We also provide foster car for animals whilst owners are ill. There is a 24 hour animal lost and found line. We serve Ceredigion, Carmarthen, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Blaenau Gwent, Blaenavon & Newport Councils.

Carmarthen Youth Project  The Club House, Friars Park, Carmarthen, SA31 3AN. 01267 222786. http://www.drmz.co.uk/, Carmarthen, helps turn young peopleÌs lives around.  takes on environmental challenges which improve the community, whether itÌs cleaning the riverside in a canoe, sprucing up flower planters, litter picks or gardening across the town

Carmarthenshire Energy, C/O Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, 11-15 Coalbrook Rd, Pontyberem, Dyfed SA15 5HU. 07740 519397. http://www.carmarthenshireenergy.org/, A social enterprise, working with communities to reduce energy costs,

CARMARTHENSHIRE RIVERS TRUST, Ty Cambria, Drefach, LLANELLI, SA14 7BB. 01269 841577 The objects of the Trust are to promote the conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the indigenous species of animal and plant life, and improvement of the rivers, streams, water courses and water impoundments in the county of Carmarthenshire and in the counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Glamorgan, and adjacent areas of their banks, riparian lands and catchment areas in all their aspects and thereby enhance the county biodiversity. To advance the education of the public in the understanding of aquatic habitats, their related catchment areas and their animal and plant life and the need for the conservation, protection and rehabilitation and improvement of such environments.

CBSE (MID & WEST WALES CHAMBER), The Business Centre, Stebonheath Terrace, Stebonheath, LLANELLI, SA15 1NE. 01554 779910, Mid & West Wales Chamber, Mid & West Wales, Promotes economic and social renewal through enterprise, learning and employment. We are a not for profit organisation with an unique approach to regeneration in Wales

Cwmdu Community Shop, Cwmdu, SA19 7DU. 01558 685 088. http://www.cwmdu.org/, Cwmdu, Shop, PO

DEVELOPMENT TRUSTS ASSOCIATION WALES, 35b Albert Road, PENARTH, CF64 1BY. 02920 190260, DTA Wales. The aim of the Development Trusts Association (DTA) is a successful development trust in every community that wants one. There are over 400 development trusts across the UK, all community owned and led. They cultivate enterprise and build assets. They secure community prosperity – creating wealth in communities and keeping it there.

DINEFWR GREEN GROUP, c/o Green House, 91 Rhosmaen Street, LLANDEILO, SA19 6HD. 01558 822646, Based in Llandeilo. Operating locally and nationally. Campaigning on environmental issues, peace and justice – locally, nationally and internationally. Facilitating and maximising effective campaigns by community groups and individuals opposing the alarming deterioration of the natural and social environments. Promoting genuinely sustainable and responsible solutions. Group meets every 4-6 weeks in Llandeilo. Membership available.

Dolen Cymru – Wales Lesotho Link, Enterprise House, 127 Bute Street, CARDIFF, CF10 5LE. 02920 497390, dolencymru.org, Wales and Lesotho. Over the past 25 years Dolen Cymru has been dedicated to creating life changing links between Wales and Lesotho in fields of education, health, governance and civil society. Identified by the UN as a least developed country and with more than a third of its population suffering from HIV/AIDS, with an average life expectancy of less than 40 years, Lesotho is in need of support, training and educational development.

Dryslwyn Community Shop. 01558 668221. drylswyn.org.uk, Dryslwyn, Shop, PO

EAST CARMARTHEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, 9 Gorse Court, St Catherine St Carms SA31 3EB. 01267 237720, East Carmarthen, To get community youth club open; play area for children; activities for older people.

ENVIRONMENT WALES, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, CARDIFF, CF10 5FH. 02920 431727/1769, Environment Wales, Wales, Environment Wales is a partnership of organisations in the voluntary sector, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. Our aim is to contribute to sustainable development by supporting and encouraging voluntary action to protect and improve the environment of Wales.

Ferryside Village Forum. http://www.ferrysidevillageforum.org.uk/, Ferryside, Education, particularly relating to community sustainability and renewable energy

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH CARMARTHEN GROUP, 33 Castle Arcade Balcony, CARDIFF, CF10 1BY. 02920 229577, Friends of the Earth Cymru, Carmarthen, Carmarthen Friends of the Earth work to enhance the local community by campaigning for a healthier, safer and cleaner environment. We work on issues such as recycling, transport and local food.

Garnant Family Centre, 25 Maes y Bedol, Ammanford SA18 2EP. 01269 825941, eco community garden.

Glanymor and Tyisha Environment and Regeneration Action Group Llanelli (ERAG). 01554 742276, Glanymor and Tyisha Communities First ward, tackles environmental problems in their area and recently transformed a fly tipping hotspot area into a recreational park..

GREAT DANE CARE CHARITABLE TRUST, Y Bwthyn Cenninpedr, Llangunnor, CARMARTHEN, SA32 8AG. 01267 290317, Great Dane Care, Wales. We are a small group of Great Dane fans who have formed a registered charity to rehome and rescue Great Danes in Wales and the border counties. We have the backing of the Great Dane Club of South Wales. We work closely with the Great Dane Adoption Society and South Western Great Dane Club rescue. We also advise on problems with Great Danes, on general care, and selection of puppies.

GREENHOUSE SHOP, Greenhouse Shop, 91 Rhosmaen Street, LLANDEILO, SA19 6HD. 01558 822646, Llandeilo, Raises funds from the recycling and sale of consumer goods for environmental campaigning both locally and nationally. Encouraging and promoting sustainability through environmental, social and self-responsibility. Providing environmental campaign information and resources.

Growing the Future, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire. 01558 667100. http://www.growingthefuture.co.uk/, Learn about growing veg at the Welsh Botanic Gardens

Lampeter Nappy Library. https://www.facebook.com/LampeterNappyLibrary, Lampeter, Ecologically sound nappies

LANDVISION, 38 Park Avenue, KILGETTY, Pembrokeshire. 01834 812517, Landvision, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Landvision is highly experienced in supporting you visualise and optimise the potential of your woodlands or grounds. We creatively develop your ideas within a practical co-operative framework, to generate unique natural environments that both meet the needs of man and nature. Landvision has a particular interest in creating outdoor opportunities for individuals that have struggled in more formal therapeutic or educational settings. Many previously challenged people make individual changes outdoors that have enabled them to build esteem and better take up their rightful place in mainstream life outside Carms

Living River Pontnewydd/Dyfroedd Byw Pontnewydd, Pontnewydd and Glyn Abbey. Maintain the cleanliness of the Gwendraeth Fawr, improving the river and surrounding area and to alleviate flooding in the vicinity of Pontnewydd Bridge. Their activities include litter picking and fly tipping, habitat improvement, footpath improvement, river channel and bank improvement and brining the community together through voluntary team work

Llandovery Partnership, Llandovery,  developing local food projects and local energy production, and making Llandovery lovable

Llandyfaelog Community Council, Llandyfaelog Community Council, 2 Bryn Edda, Llansaint, Kidwelly SA17 5JL. 01267 267647. http://www.llandyfaelog.org.uk/Llandyfaelog-land/Default.aspx, Kidwelly, community projects

Llanelli Environmental Network. http://www.greenllanelli.org.uk/, provide greater awareness of environmental issues in the Llanelli Area and making it a greener place to live. PC 3Rs is a recently launched not-for-profit project that refurbishes old or broken IT equipment to train volunteers on placement, helping them to learn how to repair a pc, protect PCs from viruses, installing new components and upgrading existing systems.

LLANELLITOWN.COM, Unit 10, Llanelli Workshops, Trostre Business Park, LLANELLI, SA14 9UU. 01554 778420, llanellitown.com, Llanelli, Llanellitown.com is a social enterprise which aims to promote the regeneration and development of the area by promoting it through all forms of media, activities and events.

Llanfallteg Community Association. 07980 579503. http://www.llanfallteg.org/community_association/community_association.html, Henllanfallteg, generate clean renewable energy, and keep the profits local

LLANFIHANGEL RHOS Y CORN/BRECHFA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Gwylfa, Gwernogle, CARMARTHEN, SA32 7RY. 01267 202305, Ward of Llanfihangel Rhos y Corn & Brechfa village. Area includes Abergorlech, Gwernogle, Llidiad Nenog and Nantyffin. To promote social, cultural, sporting and general welfare and improve the quality of life for residents, drawing the attention of relevant authorities to problems and needs in our community. Any person over 18 years living and/or working in the ward of Llanfihangel Rhos y Corn and that part of Brechfa village across the boundary (pub, school etc.) is automatically a voting member of the Association but our children are encouraged to have their say.

Llannon Community Allotment. 01269 832205, 36 spaces growing organic produce

LLUEST HORSE AND PONY TRUST, Beili Bedw Farm, Llanddeusant, LLANGADOG, SA19 9TG. 01550 740661, Lluest Horse and Pony Trust, West Wales. The Lluest Horse and Pony Trust is a small charity running a rescue centre for horses, ponies and donkeys at a 40-acre farm, nestling among the Black Mountains in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. It particularly covers the Swansea and Llanelli areas, which are some on the worst in the UK for finding stray horses. The aim is always to restore the animals to full health and find them a loving foster home, but if that is not possible, they are assured of a safe home for the rest of their natural lives.

Llwynhendy Environment Group, Pemberton Rd, Llanelli, Dyfed SA14 9BG. 01554 781288. www.communitiesfirstllwynhendy.org.uk.  Residents group transformed ground in their area that had been used for dumping. Today the site in Dwyfor provides 16 growing spaces for fruit and vegetables, a barbeque and grassed area for picnicking and a sensory garden. It is also used by Brynteg schoolchildren for outdoor classes and serves Llys Caradog respite home for children with special needs.

MAWR DEVELOPMENT TRUST, Welfare Hall, Felindre, SWANSEA, SA5 7NA. The Mawr Development Trust is a community based organisation working for the sustainable regeneration of the area through a mixture of economic, environmental, social and cultural initiatives. It seeks to promote the area and see positive improvements take place for the benefit of the residents of the Mawr.

MENTER BRO DINEFWR, Swyddfeydd y Cyngor, Heol Cilgant, LLANDEILO, SA19 6HW. 01558 825336, Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Bro Dinefwr / Dyffryn Tywi and Cothi. A Menter Iaith, or language initiative, is a local organisation which offers support to communities to increase and develop their use of the Welsh language. A Menter offers advice and assistance to individuals, organisations and businesses, and will organise activities to raise the profile of the Welsh language.

Menter Bro Dinefwr, Swyddfeydd y Cyngor, Heol Cilgant, Llandeilo, SA19 6HW. (01558) 825336. www.menterbrodinefwr.org, Llandeilo/Dinefwr.

Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, 11-15 Coalbrook Rd, Pontyberem, Dyfed SA15 5HU. 01269 871600. www.mentercwmgwendraeth.org.uk , Gwendraeth Valley, have developed community projects in a range of sectors including Health and Wellbeing, The Environment, Life Long Learning, Community Regeneration, Community Safety and Children and Young People.

MENTER CWM GWENDRAETH, 11-15 Heol Coalbrook, Pontyberem, LLANELLI, SA15 5HU. 01269 871600, Cwm Gwendraeth, Cwm Gwendraeth, Menter Iaith a datblygu cymunedol sy’n cydweithio ar sail cynllunio cymunedol gan gynnwys Iechyd a Lles, Amgylchedd, Addysg Gydol Oes, Adfywio a Diogelwch y Gymuned.

Myrtle House, Myrtle House, 22 Myrtle Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 1LH. 01554 756051. http://www.myrtlehouse.org.uk/, Home of the Elim Pentecostal Church. Fruit orchard, chicken run and coop, and a food bank.

National Botanical Gardens, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire. 01558 667120. www.gardenofwales.org.uk, National Botanical Gardens

PENCADER & DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP, Green Vale, PENCADER, SA39 9BS. 01559 384987, Pencader & District Website, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth Community Council district, Publishing bi-monthly bilingual community newsletter. Maintaining community website. Environmental activities including village clean ups, planting, landscaping. Drawing attention of relevant authorities to problems in our community.

PENCADER IMPROVEMENT & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, Waunllerhafod, PENCADER, SA39 9HL. 01559 384392, Pencader and local district Promote and manage the social, cultural and recreational use of the Pencader Pavilion and the associated playing field. The Pencader Pavilion can be hired by local people for private functions or by voluntary organisations for a wide variety of uses. The playing field incorporates a football pitch which is used by the senior, junior and ladies football teams. Pencader Carnival Week and the 5th November firework display also take place there.

Pentrecwrt Village Hall, Pentrecwrt, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5BD. 01559 362975, http://www.carmarthenshirehalls.org.uk/hall.php?hall_id=36 Pentrecwrt, community projects, solar

Pontyberem Environmental Group. 01269 870494, Pontyberen, litter clean ups, tidying up paths and hedges, and tree planting

South West Wales Sling Library, 18 Heol y Bryn, Upper Tumble, Llanelli, SA14 6DP. 07890 112915. http://www.ty-melyn.co.uk/,  fortnightly loan scheme offering a range of baby carriers.

SPONSORCRAFT, Bristol and Exeter House, Lower Approach Road, BRISTOL, BS1 6QS. 0117 929 2595, Sponsorcraft, UK, Sponsorcraft is a crowdfunding platform for the education sector. Crowdfunding is sponsorship by a crowd of many donors, each making an individual, small donation in return for a small reward, like a t-shirt or a project poster. Sponsorcraft provides a platform to showcase projects to a potentially huge audience, and gives sponsors an easy way to donate. Sponsorcraft brings crowdfunding to the education sector, offering universities, colleges, schools, and their students and staff an accessible, alternative method to obtain social funding for their ideas and projects., outside Carms

SUNDANCE RENEWABLES, Excal House, Capel Hendre Ind. Estate, AMMANFORD, SA18 3SJ. 01269 842401 / 0845 4582397, Sundance Renewables, Wales. A not for profit company and worker co-operative for renewable energy based in Carmarthenshire. We provide educational activities, advice and installation services for a range of renewable energy systems – including solar hot water, solar electric (PV), small to medium sized wind turbines, small hydro and biomass. We are also introducing the first community based biodiesel production plant in the UK. We provide a community collection service for used vegetable oil.

SUSTAINABLE WALES CYMRU GYNHALIOL, 41a John Street, PORTHCAWL, CF36 3AP. 01656 783405, Sustainable Wales Cymru Gynhaliol, Wales, We promote and encourage sustainable development, develop projects that are replicable across Wales, and help Welsh organisations work towards sustainability via their policies and practices.

Tenants and Residents of East Carmarthen (TREC). Renovation of Park Hall woodland which previously had been prone to extreme fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. With the help of the Ty Hapus Family Centre, Richmond Park Primary School and grant funding, the area has received extensive clearance works, new pathways, interpretation panels, bird boxes, fencing, and much more which has created a woodland area.

THE WILDLIFE TRUST OF SOUTH AND WEST WALES, The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, CARDIGAN, SA43 2TB. 01239 621212, The Wildlife Trusts, South and West Wales (Glamorgan & Dyfed), To advance, promote and further the conservation, maintenance and protection of terrestrial and marine habitats and their wildlife, places of natural beauty. To advance the education of the public in the principles and practice of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation outside Carms

TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE LLANELLI, Llwyn Patris, Bancffosfelen, LLANELLI, SA15 5DR. 01269 871133, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Ammanford, Swansea, Donated tools and sewing machines are cleaned and repaired in our workshop in Llanelli by a small group of volunteers. These are then sent to impoverished workers in Africa. Tools, volunteers, sewing machines are always needed.

Torcefn Farm Produce, Pontyates, Meinciau, Pontyates, A small business engaged in producing local home grown vegetables and horticultural plants.

Trap Village Hall, Yr Hen Ysgol, Trap, Landeilo, Carms. SA19 6TR. 01558 823213. http://www.trapvillagehall.com/, Trap, community projects

Trysordy Community Group. 01267 231980, Trysordy, resource Centre providing wide ranging facilities, unusual materials and customised skill workshops.

Ty Hapus Family Centre. 01267 223020, Carmarthen, The centre has a fruit and vegetable growing area which is maintained by staff and after school club children. The centre is used to support families in areas of need and host a number of activities.

VEGFAMS Ozolins. 01550 721197, vegfamcharity.org.uk, Famine relief projects in over 40 countries. Vegfam “Feeds the hungry without exploiting animals”. Vegan famine relief charity. Financing overseas projects that benefit people who are either suffering from hunger or who are at risk of hunger – by providing plant foods. Financing projects supplying: seeds and equipment, vegetable gardens, fruit and nut tree nurseries, water wells, irrigation systems. Also providing some emergency relief (food and/or water). Donors can choose how much of their money is allocated to projects and administration costs.

WEST WALES ECO CENTRE, Lower St Mary Street, NEWPORT, SA42 0TS. 01239 821905, West Wales ECO Centre, Rural Wales, SW, Mid and North, Promotion of issues surrounding energy use and environment. Advice, projects, and education focussing on domestic energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change and global warming outside Carms

WILD WEST WALES, Pencnwcau, Aberbanc, LLANDYSUL, SA44 5NP, Wild West Wales.com, Teify Valley, into Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and, Wild West Wales is a web site which is about combining commerce with community and on it’s pages you will find much useful information about what is happening in West Wales culturally, commercially and also within the local community centred around the Teifi Valley and out into the Dyfed area covering Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire..

WREN Waste Recycling Environmental Limited, WREN House, Manor Farm, BRIDGHAM, NR16 2RX. 01953 714112, WREN, UK, WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects. Our directors, staff and the members of our advisory panels are fully committed to enhancing the community environment, natural conservation and heritage aspects of the world in which we live and create a beneficial and lasting legacy for future generations. Outside Carms.

Ynni Da, www.ynnida.com, Gorslas, renewable energy and energy efficiency for the domestic, community, public and business markets.

The website of Transition Tywi Trawsnewid, Carmarthenshire, Wales