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Special events for Social Saturday

South East Wales

Natural Weigh, Crickhowell NP8 1BH
Pop in to try a selection of delicious raw chocolate samples and find out how they are fighting the war on plastic by being a zer waste shop, open 9.30am – 5.30pm

The Goodwash Company,
Goodwash are offering 15% off online orders when you quote SOCIALSAT18 at the checkout

Market Hall Cinema, Brynmawr NP23 4AJ
Enjoy a blockbuster with tickets for a Family of Four for only £14.00 (2 adults and 2 children, or one Adult and three children).


North West Wales

Porters Coffee Shop, Conwy, LL29 8BP
Porters North Wales are offering customers a coffee and cake deal for only £2.95 on Saturday 13th October.


Mid Wales

Y-Gegin-Fach Café, (Part of Beacons Creative), Brecon, LD3 9DA
The café is offering a free hot drink with every meal.

SOCIAL SATURDAY IS BACK

Written on Friday, 05 October 2018

COMEDIAN CHRIS ADDISON URGES SOCIAL BUSINESSES ACROSS WALES TO GET SOCIAL ON SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER

Social Saturday, a day to shout about social enterprises, returns on 13 October and social businesses in Wales are being urged to get involved in the celebrations.

Last year social enterprises from all over Wales took part, but more are being encouraged to join in the fun by holding a special Social Saturday event, offering on the day discounts or simply showing their support via social media so that consumers can find out more about the sector and the benefits of buying social.

Social enterprises differ from other businesses as the profits they make are reinvested to support a social or environmental cause, from creating local job and training opportunities to delivering renewable energy solutions and preventing tonnes of waste going to landfill. The sector is worth £2.37bn to the Welsh economy and employs over 40,000 people with the help of 50,000 plus volunteers.

Comedian Rhod Gilbert is backing the campaign and said: “Social Saturday is back and if you are a social business then this is your time to shout about what you do and the impact you make to your community. It doesn’t take a lot to get involved – I’m told there are lots of ideas on the Social Saturday Wales website - so join in the celebrations on Saturday 14 October to get your tills ringing and more people buying social.”

Comedian Chris Addison is backing the campaign and said: “Social Saturday is back and if you are a social business then this is your time to shout about what you do and the impact you make to your community. It doesn’t take a lot to get involved – I’m told there are lots of ideas on the Social Saturday Wales website - so join in the celebrations on Saturday 13 October to get your tills ringing and more people buying social.”

Social Saturday was started in Wales in 2013 by the Wales Co-operative Centre and has gone on to become a UK wide initiative. In Wales, it is now run by the Centre through the Social Business Wales project, with funding from Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

Nicola Mehegan, project manager at Social Business Wales said: “There are over 1,600 social businesses in Wales, so if every one of them came together on Social Saturday, we can make a massive impact on the understanding of the brilliant work they do, not only for the economy but for their local communities.

“Getting involved in Social Saturday doesn’t have to be a massive strain on resource, we want it to make it as easy as possible for social businesses of all sizes to take part in any way they can, with lots of tips and useful tools on the website.

“You don’t have to be a social business to support the campaign either. Customers can enjoy a day out at their local social eateries, shops, cinemas, leisure facilities and more. Or if you’re a business supplied by a social enterprise why not make it known how great working with them is?”

Social Saturday days out across Wales

South East Wales

The Goodwash Company : www.goodwash.co.uk
The Goodwash Company are changing the world one wash at a time. They sell luxury bath products online and reinvest profits back into The Goodwash Foundation. Visit their website for their full range.

Natural Weigh, Crickhowell NP8 1BH
Natural Weigh is the first zero waste shop in Wales, and provides shoppers with an alternative to plastic packaging. At Natural Weigh you simply fill your own containers with as much of what you want, and pay for it by weight.

Beacons Creative, www.beaconscreative.co.uk
Beacons Creative (Wales) Limited is a unique social firm producing candles and related products whilst providing employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties and those furthest from the workforce. Shop online

Cafe Cwtch, Aberdare CF44 7PT
Community cafe and restaurant nestled in the heart of Dare Valley Country Park.

Cyfarthfa Castle & Park, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8RE
The most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales.

Bedwellty House and Park, Tredegar NP22 3NA
Enjoy an afternoon tea in a vibrant and historic venue.

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre, Ebbw Vale NP23 6GL
Enjoy a swim or gym session and visit the venues across the county.

Morlais Golf Club, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UY
Challenge your friends to a game and reward yourselves with a drink and a meal at the restaurant.

Market Hall Cinema, Brynmawr NP23 4AJ
Wales’ oldest cinema opened in 1894. Enjoy a blockbuster with tickets for a Family of Four for only £14.00 (2 adults and 2 children, or one Adult and three children).

South West Wales

Xcel Bowling Centre, Carmarthen SA31 3BP 
Bowling with a difference. Xcel Bowl a place where you can Bowl, Eat, Play, Party and impact the community!

iSmooth Community Café, Ammanford SA18 3AF
Sweet treats for breakfast and dinner in this local café.

Llanelly House, Llanelli SA15 3UF
Visit Wales’ finest Georgian building and discover the legacy of the Stepney family.

Swansea Community Farm, Swansea SA5 4BA
Only city farm in Wales set in 3.5 acres of land with farm animals, allotments, hives and a café.

Square Peg Coffee House, Sketty, SA2 9BX
Perfect for brunch, lunch and great coffee in a vibrant community.

Elysium Arts Gallery, Swansea SA1 5AE
83 studio spaces and a contemporary art gallery over 3 venues in Swansea City Centre.

Glyncorrwg Ponds Co-operative Ltd, Neath Port Talbot, SA13 3AB
Set amidst the 9,000 acres of the Afan Forest Park, plenty of fun for the whole family.

North West Wales

Porters Coffee Shop, Conwy, LL29 8BP
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or a sweet treat with 10% off for students.

Colwyn Bay Watersports, Conwy, LL29 8HH
Splash, swim and paddle at watersports centre based in the new facilities at Porth Eirias.

Bocs Celf, Caernarfon, LL55 1RH 
Art gallery and studio with local art curation and exhibitions.

Caban Cyf, Caernarfon, LL55 3NR
Enjoy fresh, hearty food near the foothills of Snowdonia.

Antur Styniog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3ES 
Get on your bike and explore the foothills of Snowdonia.

Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay LL28 5UY 
Explore the wildlife and you can even experience life as a zookeeper.

Tafarn y Fic, Pwllheli, LL53 6PA
Have a pint and relax in this friendly community pub.

Galeri Caerfarfon, LL55 1SQ
Watch a film, see some art and enjoy some tasty food.

North East Wales

Cambrian Aquatics, Deeside CH5 4HA
Swim with all the family in a community run pool.

Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd, LL20 8SN
Take a trip on the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales.

The Raven Inn, Llanarmon-yn-Ial, nr Mold CH7 4QE
Community pub situated under the Clwydian hills in an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

Plasmadoc Leisure Centre, Wrexham LL14 3HL
Swim, gym, soft play and climbing wall all available.

Saith Seren (Welsh Language Centre), Wrexham LL13 8BG
Real ales and practice your Welsh in a friendly pub sitting.

Ty'n y Capel Inn, Wrexham LL11 3DA
Enjoy a drink, food and get a room in this award-winning community pub.