Sustainable Wales anniversary party

Our founding charity, Sustainable Wales, is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

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Sustainable Wales Cymru Gynhaliol is celebrating 20 years as the first Welsh NGO promoting sustainable responses to the cultural challenges we face. In celebrating this landmark we would like you to join us on a convivial evening of birthday cake, spoken word, music and film including poets Robert Minhinnick, Rhian Edwards, Kris Evans, music from Honey Peg with the Earl and Pearl Alive band (fomerly One Time Alive) and a clutch of other contributors to entertain and celebrate…

Thursday, Nov 16th – 7pm till late, Stage Door (downstairs), Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. CF36 3YW. Bar available

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Notice for Supporters: SUSSED Annual Meeting Announced







Dear SUSSED Supporters,

It is OUR pleasure to invite you to SUSSED Wales’ Annual Meeting 2016/17, 13th Sept 2017, 7:30pm followed by a discussion facilitated by Green Party Councillor Alex Harris and concluded with refreshments and buffet. To be held in the Green Room, above SUSSED. 

The AGM, we expect, to be quite informal and short. It will update people about SUSSED’s trading, finances and activities and elect the SUSSED board of directors and volunteer roles and responsibilities.

If anyone would like to stand as a company Director please get in touch before-hand. Or maybe you would like to volunteer and help with shop sales, volunteer coordination, membership development, administration, finances, information research, communications or IT? We would be delighted to hear from you.

As a community cooperative our volunteers, supporters and membership are central to the organisation. We are a democratic and thus participatory organisation – we need not only your commitment to shop at SUSSED but also your ideas. 

Indeed, as community members you have a stake in the business as you are in fact the “owners”. Thus, we appreciate it when people attend the AGM and give us feedback.

Our guest speaker is Councillor Alex Harris who represents the Green Party in the Rest Bay ward, Porthcawl. The theme we have asked Alex to speak on and lead the discussion is:

What effect will Brexit have on the local community?  How can we respond?

Each community is different. There is a higher number of immigrants in Cardiff than in Porthcawl but there is a larger farming community here. What effect will the current negotiations have on us?

Infrastructure monies from the EU will dry up – when? Will the UK/Welsh Governments compensate for this? What effect will this have on us in Wales? If there is no money into the Valleys for instance, what impact will that have on Porthcawl?

It’s great to see that environmental policies from the EU are being incorporated into UK legislation. Are there any that are being omitted? 

Afterwards let’s celebrate the fact that our community actually has a shop like SUSSED.

We hope that you can attend what should be an enjoyable evening.  

Please RSVP, via email ( ) or phone (01656783962) to ensure there is an appropriate amount of seating and refreshments available.

Best Wishes

Margaret Minhinnick on behalf of all the Directors SUSSED (Luke Evans, Martin Little, Robert Minhinnick, Peter Morgan, Melanie Johnson)

Gaining work experience at SUSSED

SUSSED Community Cooperative based in Porthcawl supports short-term internments for local Sixth formers.


From left to right, Director Margaret Minhinnick, Cian Sparrow, Nia  Eastment , Jessica Townsend

"Work - placements for the borough's young people comes around annually and we try to support this school initiative at SUSSED. Luckily some join the regular volunteers and come along afterwards and  offer their time during the summer holidays, building experience and adding to their CV’s.” They learn a lot about ethical purchasing and the benefits of supporting a strong local economy” said Margaret. 

Cian commented  "I have worked as a volunteer before and I recommend the experience very strongly to anyone my age. The benefits are countless,  we learn new skills as well as making new friends and the experiences are lifelong."

Nia said that “I  wasn’t 100% clear about the fair-trade campaign, but now see its importance - 

  • A fair and secure price to the producer
  •  No child labour
  • Safe working conditions
  • Protection for the environment
  • Rights for women

Jessica added “It allows us to interact confidently in new situations and working in the fair-trade movement helps us expand our knowledge".