Thursday, 15 December 2011

Community Walkabout

Dear all, a huge thank you to all our Environmental Champion volunteers who braved the hail, thunder and lightening last night. Even with the appalling weather we had 13 volunteers out and about knocking doors in the Cathays area. As it was the last general waste collection before the students go home for Xmas it was really important to remind them to put their bins and bags out. The police volunteers were also on hand to remind students to take their valuables home with them over the festive break.

Thanks again to everyone who has helped out this year to make the Environmental Champions an amazing group who are really making a difference in the community.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2012 for some more fun and exciting projects.

Best wishes

Lucy, Kieran and Chris

Monday, 12 December 2011

Driving home for Christmas

The Student Police Initiative and Environmental Champions will be patrolling the streets of Cathays tomorrow night with Police officers sending out community messages and reiterating the importance of safety advice at this time of year. Please make them feel welcome if they come knocking on your door.



During the year the Student Police Initiative have been telling students and residents to Lock it. Hide it. Keep it. This becomes even more important towards the end of term when empty student property becomes a target for burglary.

All your Going Home for Christmas Advice can be found here

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Cathays PACT and Student Police Initiative+Environmental Champions on the beat

Last night was the Cathays PACT meeting (next meeting 6th Feb, 2012 7pm Crwys Rd Methodist Centre)


After updates from the police and the council some of the discussions centred on the great partnership work that has come about through the Student Police Initiative and Environmental Champions. A lot of time energy and enthusiasm goes into these initiatives to help with community empowerment. We are very grateful to have the support of a range of agencies and community members and thanks were sent out to those who have supported us thus far.

At the meeting some community members integral to the success and who have supported the scheme where advocating and imploring other members in the meeting to come along and assist and to get involved.

So if you are free please come along tonight (6th) and next Tuesday (13th) to ensure that people get the ‘Going Home for Holiday’ advice. Any support is gratefully appreciated.

We will be patrolling the streets sending out community messages and reiterating the importance of safety advice at this time of year.

Please meet tonight (6th) and Tuesday 13th December 4.30pm 3rd Floor Students Union. Wear a festive hat (optional not essential)

If you can’t join us your Going Home for Holiday advice can be found here (please circulate this as widely as you can): http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/

Monday, 5 December 2011

Driving home for Christmas and the Holidays?

The Student Police Initiative (link) and Environmental Champions (link) will be patrolling the streets of Cathays tomorrow night (6th December) with Police officers sending out community messages and reiterating the importance of safety advice at this time of year. Please make them feel welcome if they come knocking on your door.

During the year the Student Police Initiative have been telling students and residents to Lock it. Hide it. Keep it. This becomes even more important towards the end of term when empty student property becomes a target for burglary. All your Going Home for Holiday advice can be found here on the homepage


Saturday, 3 December 2011

Letting agent prosecuted for breach of the Housing Act

A Cardiff property letting agent has been fined following prosecution by Cardiff Council for breaches of an additional licencing scheme in relation to houses in multiple occupation in Cathays.

The letting agent, Kingstons Residential, pleaded guilty to breaching the licence regarding multi occupancy and was fined £300 and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £400.





A residential property in Salisbury Road, Cathays had been licenced under the legislation to allow for eight occupants but had housed nine.

In May 2011, a visit to the property from Council officers revealed that there were nine occupiers, and investigations confirmed that all nine persons had been living at the property since September 2010. Information from tenancy agreements and council tax records confirmed this. A case was prepared and referred to the Council’s Legal Services.

Executive Member for Communities, Housing and Social Justice, Cllr Judith Woodman, said: “A clear message has been sent that landlords of homes of multiple occupation who fail to abide by the law can expect to face prosecution. The council is determined that residents in Cardiff should be safe and live in high quality accommodation.”

Further information on the additional licensing scheme in the Cathays ward can be obtained here

Student specific information on Additional Licensing can be found here
If you are in the process of looking for property in the private rented sector please read our avoiding the pitfalls advice here

Friday, 2 December 2011

Housing Advice Week day five

Housing Advice Week is here


Fridays Housing Tip - How to deal with problems link HERE


Today is your last chance to see the pop up house in the union

Housing Advice Week is about giving you all the information that you need when looking for a house. As a campaign it's main message is Make the Smart move; don't rush, don't panic. Some letting agents may tell you that houses are going fast and that there are less houses than students… this is not true.

Don't be pushed into signing a housing contract before getting it checked. Housing Advice Week is here to bust the myths and give you free and independent information that ultimately means you make the smart move and avoid the pitfalls: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/hallstohouse.htm

When Is It?

This year Housing Advice Week runs from Monday the 28th November until Friday 2nd December

Why Should I Care?

If you need a house, you should care! Every year the Advice and Representation Centre deals with hundreds of complaints from students who have not understood their contracts or have had to put up with inadequate housing conditions. By coming to ARC on the third floor of the Students Union you can have your contract checked prior to signing and be given all the relevant information and questions that you should be asking agents and/or landlords.

Does Housing Advice Week mean I should start looking at houses?

We advise that you take your time. There is more supply than demand for housing so be aware of people that tell you otherwise or try and make you sign a contract before you have had time to think and get advice. More than anything, Housing Advice Week is to arm you with the tools needed to make the best decision.

Should you decide to start looking just stop and think. Think about who you want to live with (you may have only known your house mates for 2 months!), where you want to live and how much you can afford to pay for a room. This is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make this year.

The Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) is available on the third floor of the Student Union for free advice on choosing the right housing. http://www.cardiffstudents.com/advice

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Housing Advice week day four

Housing Advice Week is here


Thursday Housing Tip - Bills, Bills, Bills link HERE


Housing Advice Week is about giving you all the information that you need when looking for a house. As a campaign it's main message is Make the Smart move; don't rush, don't panic. Some letting agents may tell you that houses are going fast and that there are less houses than students… this is not true.

Don't be pushed into signing a housing contract before getting it checked. Housing Advice Week is here to bust the myths and give you free and independent information that ultimately means you make the smart move and avoid the pitfalls: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/hallstohouse.htm

When Is It?

This year Housing Advice Week runs from Monday the 28th November until Friday 2nd December

Why Should I Care?

If you need a house, you should care! Every year the Advice and Representation Centre deals with hundreds of complaints from students who have not understood their contracts or have had to put up with inadequate housing conditions. By coming to ARC on the third floor of the Students Union you can have your contract checked prior to signing and be given all the relevant information and questions that you should be asking agents and/or landlords.

Does Housing Advice Week mean I should start looking at houses?

We advise that you take your time. There is more supply than demand for housing so be aware of people that tell you otherwise or try and make you sign a contract before you have had time to think and get advice. More than anything, Housing Advice Week is to arm you with the tools needed to make the best decision.

Should you decide to start looking just stop and think. Think about who you want to live with (you may have only known your house mates for 2 months!), where you want to live and how much you can afford to pay for a room. This is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make this year.

The Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) is available on the third floor of the Student Union for free advice on choosing the right housing. http://www.cardiffstudents.com/advice

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Housing Advice Week day three

Housing Advice Week is here


Wednesday's Housing Tip - Contract Checking link HERE




Housing Advice Week is about giving you all the information that you need when looking for a house. As a campaign it's main message is Make the Smart move; don't rush, don't panic. Some letting agents may tell you that houses are going fast and that there are less houses than students… this is not true.

Don't be pushed into signing a housing contract before getting it checked. Housing Advice Week is here to bust the myths and give you free and independent information that ultimately means you make the smart move and avoid the pitfalls: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/hallstohouse.htm

When Is It?

This year Housing Advice Week runs from Monday the 28th November until Friday 2nd December

Why Should I Care?

If you need a house, you should care! Every year the Advice and Representation Centre deals with hundreds of complaints from students who have not understood their contracts or have had to put up with inadequate housing conditions. By coming to ARC on the third floor of the Students Union you can have your contract checked prior to signing and be given all the relevant information and questions that you should be asking agents and/or landlords.

Does Housing Advice Week mean I should start looking at houses?

We advise that you take your time. There is more supply than demand for housing so be aware of people that tell you otherwise or try and make you sign a contract before you have had time to think and get advice. More than anything, Housing Advice Week is to arm you with the tools needed to make the best decision.

Should you decide to start looking just stop and think. Think about who you want to live with (you may have only known your house mates for 2 months!), where you want to live and how much you can afford to pay for a room. This is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make this year.

The Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) is available on the third floor of the Student Union for free advice on choosing the right housing. http://www.cardiffstudents.com/advice

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Waste Management Operations during strike

As I am sure you are aware there is a public sector strike planned for tomorrow - Wed 30th Nov.


Please find below information regarding planned Waste Management Operations.

Waste Collections

Household recycling and waste collections will be disrupted. Only the Collections that would have normally occurred on Wednesday 30th November will be affected. Collections on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of next week are unaffected.

Subject to available resources, the Council is taking the following steps to minimise the disruption:

• Green bag collections will not take place on Wednesday 30th. Residents should hold onto their green bags and place them out for collection the following week (7th December).

• Green bin collections will not take place on Wednesday 30th. Green bins should therefore be placed out for collection the following fortnight (14th December).

• The following wards which are scheduled for cleansing will be postponed until Wednesday 7th December - Canton, Llandaff North, Llandaff, Butetown, Grangetown and Riverside. Cleansing crews will prioritise the City Centre and District Centres.

• Black BAG (only in bag areas) waste will be prioritised for collection on Wednesday 30th as scheduled.

• Hygiene Waste will be prioritised for collection on Wednesday 30th as scheduled.

• Food Waste Caddies will be prioritised for collection on Wednesday 30th as scheduled. If this is not possible, additional collections will take place on the weekend.

• Bio Bags will be prioritised for collection on Wednesday 30th. If this is not possible, additional collections will take place on the weekend.

• Black BINS will be collected on Wednesday 30th if resources allow. If this is not possible, additional collections will take place on the weekend.

Please note that your waste is likely to be collected at a slightly different time as a result of the disruption, but it will still be collected within the 6am to 10pm window of collection.

Housing Advice Week day two

Housing Advice Week is here

Tuesday's Housing Tip - Letting Agency Advice and Deposit Protection link HERE



Housing Advice Week is about giving you all the information that you need when looking for a house. As a campaign it's main message is Make the Smart move; don't rush, don't panic. Some letting agents may tell you that houses are going fast and that there are less houses than students… this is not true.

Don't be pushed into signing a housing contract before getting it checked. Housing Advice Week is here to bust the myths and give you free and independent information that ultimately means you make the smart move and avoid the pitfalls: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/hallstohouse.htm

When Is It?

This year Housing Advice Week runs from Monday the 28th November until Friday 2nd December

Why Should I Care?

If you need a house, you should care! Every year the Advice and Representation Centre deals with hundreds of complaints from students who have not understood their contracts or have had to put up with inadequate housing conditions. By coming to ARC on the third floor of the Students Union you can have your contract checked prior to signing and be given all the relevant information and questions that you should be asking agents and/or landlords.

Does Housing Advice Week mean I should start looking at houses?

We advise that you take your time. There is more supply than demand for housing so be aware of people that tell you otherwise or try and make you sign a contract before you have had time to think and get advice. More than anything, Housing Advice Week is to arm you with the tools needed to make the best decision.

Should you decide to start looking just stop and think. Think about who you want to live with (you may have only known your house mates for 2 months!), where you want to live and how much you can afford to pay for a room. This is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make this year.

The Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) is available on the third floor of the Student Union for free advice on choosing the right housing. http://www.cardiffstudents.com/advice

Monday, 28 November 2011

Housing Advice Week is here

Housing Advice Week is about giving you all the information that you need when looking for a house. As a campaign it's main message is Make the Smart move; don't rush, don't panic. Some letting agents may tell you that houses are going fast and that there are less houses than students… this is not true.


Don't be pushed into signing a housing contract before getting it checked. Housing Advice Week is here to bust the myths and give you free and independent information that ultimately means you make the smart move and avoid the pitfalls: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/hallstohouse.htm


When Is It?


This year Housing Advice Week runs from Monday the 28th November until Friday 2nd December

Why Should I Care?

If you need a house, you should care! Every year the Advice and Representation Centre deals with hundreds of complaints from students who have not understood their contracts or have had to put up with inadequate housing conditions. By coming to ARC on the third floor of the Students Union you can have your contract checked prior to signing and be given all the relevant information and questions that you should be asking agents and/or landlords.

Does Housing Advice Week mean I should start looking at houses?

We advise that you take your time. There is more supply than demand for housing so be aware of people that tell you otherwise or try and make you sign a contract before you have had time to think and get advice. More than anything, Housing Advice Week is to arm you with the tools needed to make the best decision.

Should you decide to start looking just stop and think. Think about who you want to live with (you may have only known your house mates for 2 months!), where you want to live and how much you can afford to pay for a room. This is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make this year.

The Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) is available on the third floor of the Student Union for free advice on choosing the right housing. http://www.cardiffstudents.com/advice

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Housing Advice Week

Thank you for being so patient http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/ is back online thanks to some very hard work by server technicians (thank you)

Housing Advice Week starts next week (28th)

The main message is: don’t rush, make the smart move and get advice.

All the advice that you need to avoid the pitfalls can be found here:

http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/hallstohouse.htm


Make sure you rent from accredited letting agents (list here) and landlords (find an accredited landlord at Landlord Accreditation Wales here)

Before you sign a contract the Advice and Representation Centre offer a free contract checking service, they can make sure there are no unfair terms and conditions and will run through the contract so that you know exactly what you are signing

http://www.cardiffstudents.com/housing?source=featured

Who pressed the off switch?

My sincere apologies but www.cardiffdigs.co.uk is off line at the moment due to server issues. We will be back with you as soon as we can.


However in the lead up to Housing Advice Week on the 28th we will be at Cardiff Students Union today (24th) from 11am giving out housing advice and how to avoid the pitfalls in the private rented sector.

The main message is: don’t rush, make the smart move and get advice.

http://www.cardiffstudents.com/housing?source=featured
 

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Environmental Champions and Police Initiative out in force

We had a huge turn out last night with 25 people in attendance on our community walkabout with lots of agencies represented including the police, waste management, landlords and letting agents, councillors, student sabbatical officers, community members and students volunteering their time. We are very grateful and extremely enthused with the progress of the scheme and the partnership working.

Police and Waste Management jointly led teams around the community and Cardiff Student Union provided a bus so that we could go further afield.

With the bus last night we were able to tackle areas further afield. We door knocked every house on Mackintosh Place, Moy Road, Richard St, Harriet St, Malefant and Dogfield St and parts of Miskin St giving out waste responsibility advice, making sure everyone was aware of the first stage of the enforcement letter and how to ensure they were correctly presenting waste to avoid £100 fines; that it wasn’t a black bag/bin collection day the following day but only recycling and food waste alongside the police safety advice of securing doors and windows.

Waste advice:
http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/waste.htm

Security advice:
http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/lockithideitkeepit.htm

We have the opportunity to follow up this event by helping the police with their community walkabouts prior to the end of term. These will concentrate on the ‘Going Home for Holiday’ advice. And includes all the safety information students and residents need including waste advice.

These will take place on the 6th and 13th of December

Please meet 4.30pm 3rd Floor Students Union.
Wear a festive hat (optional not essential)

If you can help us please come along and thank you once again for all your support thus far

Don’t forget to check out Environmental Champions in the latest issue of Unity News

http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/unity.htm

Monday, 21 November 2011

Unity News issue 7 now online

Issue 7 is now online at http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/unity.htm




UNITY news is your opportunity to find out about how the universities and student unions of Cardiff engage the community.
We have installed a shiny new reader which should make it easier to read; click over the issue to view in full screen and flick through the pages.

We have also launched a new enews subscription service so that you can keep updated on news, issues and campaigns. Sign up to receive enews on the link right off the homepage:

http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/

Also you can now follow us on twitter @cardiffdigs

Environmental Champions

Our Environmental Champions are having a community walkabout tomorrow 22nd November and would appreciate your support.


The Waste Advisory letter that signals the start of enforcement monitoring has gone out so we are keen to ensure that all community residents (student and non) are aware of the letter and what steps they have to put in place to avoid receiving follow up warning letters which can lead onto fixed penalty notices (£100).

We are having a community door knock on Tuesday 22nd November (meet 4.30pm third floor Cardiff Students Union, Park Place – all welcome) to tell people that the following day (Wednesday) is not black bin/bag week and inform them of their ongoing responsibilities to prevent people being fined because they didn’t understand the correct ways to present their recycling and waste.

So please come along as we would like to target as many of the streets where the letters have gone out as possible and have booked a mini-bus to take a group over to the streets further afield including areas of Plasnewydd/Roath and Mackintosh Place.

If you are able to make it make sure you and your neighbours are aware of their waste responsibilities. All the information you need is here: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/waste.htm

To join Environmental Champions just visit the link below for all the details
Environmental Champions

Thursday, 17 November 2011

NUS Wales Housing Survey

After the successful NUS Housing Day conference where unions and delegates from across Wales came to Cardiff to learn how to support their students with housing issues (here) NUS Wales have launched a Housing survey

NUS Wales are carrying out a Housing survey to hear about your experiences with your accommodation during the 2010-11 academic year.

The survey is the first of its kind to look at the experiences of students in their accommodation across Wales. The NUS will use the results to work out what needs improving and what examples there are of best practice. So please complete the survey by following the links below.

Housing survey English link - http://bit.ly/NUSWhs

Housing survey Welsh link - http://bit.ly/htUCMC

Raechel Mattey, NUS Wales Deputy President said "The Housing day is an important part of the NUS Wales calendar. It brings officers from all over the country together to understand the issues and share what they are currently doing to tackle them. The survey is crucial to understanding the housing issues in each University not only in the private rented sector but also in University halls of residences."

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Bute Park opening hours

As part of a 3-month trial two of the gates in Bute Park will see their opening hours extended until 7pm every evening until the end of December to enable commuters to continue using the main cycle and walking route (from North Road to Sophia Gardens) during the winter months.

The gates with extended opening hours are those at the Millennium Bridge, which links Sophia Gardens to Bute Park and Fisher Bridge, which links North Road and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to the park. All other access gates will follow the normal closing times.


The progress of the experiment will be closely monitored by Council Officers who will keep track of the numbers of users and any issues which may arise.

We are looking for feedback from all users of Bute Park to find out what they think of the extended opening of the park, so please fill in the survey
English: http://surveys.cardiff.gov.uk/buteparktrial/en/

Welsh: http://surveys.cardiff.gov.uk/buteparktrial/cy/

Thursday, 10 November 2011

History in the making

The Cardiff Story Museum team was joined by students, cardiffdigs, environmental champions and volunteers for a student consultation yesterday.
The museum is developing a new gallery to celebrate Cardiff’s History and held a focus group to get views and ideas about Cardiff’s Communities, Leisure, Culture and Sport.

The group came up with some noteworthy ideas. During the session opinions were raised about how students interact with the city, how they spend their spare time, what communities they feel a part of, what the impacts of sport on the city are and what their initial reactions have been to moving into Cardiff among other discussions.

Lucie Connors who led the group discussion said it was a very ‘interesting and lively event with some unique ideas coming through’ that left her busy scribbling key points. Some very interesting ideas around the impact of gaming and technology on leisure time for students was talked about along with how transitory Cardiff was for some people and students, what Cardiff offers for students who choose not to drink alcohol, how easy or difficult it was to find a sense of community and how the museum could develop to attract visitors with some ideas about photography being brought to the table.

Discover the history of Cardiff through the eyes of the people.
The Museum is open and free to visit: http://www.cardiffstory.com/

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Advice stand

Cardiffdigs will be joined by Waste Management and South Wales Police for their monthly advice stand at Cardiff Students Union today (8th November) from 12-2pm in the unions’ main reception.


Come say hello and pick up a free canvas re-use bag along with advice about going home for the holidays, avoiding the pitfalls if you are thinking about moving from halls to a house next year, waste and recycling information and safety advice.


For all your safety advice see here

For your waste and recycling information visit here

and for all advice relating to moving from halls to house - make the smart move see here

Monday, 7 November 2011

Get It Out For Cardiff 2010 wins LARAC partnership award

The Get it out for Cardiff team is celebrating after Cardiff Council’s City Services won a prestigious award at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) 2011 Award Celebrations last month. The team scooped the Best Partnership gong for their 2010 campaign and is a fantastic boost as the 2011 campaign has just drawn to a close after another great year.

The Best Partnership award is for the local authority which has worked successfully with one or more partners that are within the private or third sectors or with others such as resident groups.

The partnership involved Cardiff Council, Cycle Training Wales, British Heart Foundation (BHF), Salvation Army, Fair Share and Cardiff Student Union alongside http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/getitout.htm

The aim was to maximise student reuse of a variety of household items and minimise the environmental impact students create when they leave the city.

Bikes, electricals, clothes/bags, food and pots/pans can be donated to charity and in some cases sold back to the student community. Most end-of-year waste headed for landfill; now students have the choice to dispose of their waste in an ethical and sustainable manner.

Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Margaret Jones said, “I am delighted we have won this award, it is brilliant recognition for a model of partnership working that delivers great sustainable benefits to the city, year in, year out. I congratulate all involved for this great achievement.”

Student Liaison Officer, Kieran McCann said, “As the city’s student liaison officer I was very proud to be able to help set up the partnership, which brought together so many different agencies to benefit charities and divert materials away from landfill. It’s great winning awards but we’re not going to stand still, this year’s campaign has just finished and was very successful and we’re already looking ahead to next year’s activities."

Chris Davies, Cardiff Students Union’s Welfare and Communication Officer said, “We are very proud to be part of such a fantastic partnership program. Waste generated by students is a highly contentious subject so it is amazing to share the success of the Get It Out for Cardiff scheme whilst addressing this issue simultaneously. By working together, both myself and the Unions Financial and Commercial Officer, Nicholas Matthew are both keen to see the Get It Out For Cardiff scheme continue and develop further“.

http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/getitout.htm

History in the making, be a part of something unique

The Cardiff Story Museum is developing a new gallery to celebrate Cardiff’s History. We need your views and ideas about Cardiff’s Communities, Leisure, Culture and Sport.

Please join us (refreshments provided) Wednesday 9th November 3pm-4.30pm Room 5.18 Humanities Building, Cardiff University (Just off Colum Road, near Library)

We need as many people as possible to attend but places are limited so please can you e-mail Lucie Connors (lucie.connors@cardiff.gov.uk) with your confirmation or turn up on the day with your student I.D.

Friday, 4 November 2011

NUS Housing Day conference 2011

Yesterday http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/ and Landlord Accreditation Wales http://www.welshlandlords.org.uk/
were on hand to help with the second Wales wide Housing Day conference by the NUS. Unions and delegates from across Wales came to Cardiff to learn how to support their students with housing issues.

Delegates learnt about the typical pitfalls students encounter with private sector properties and were provided with information on how to advise and support their students. Presentations were given by Anne Rowland from Landlord Accreditation Wales promoting best practice, additional licensing and the importance of community relations.


Anne Rowland presenting on housing legislation

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Postal Scam

With the festive season fast approaching and the number of packages and parcels being delivered significantly increasing, Cardiff Trading Standards is warning residents to be vigilant of a new postal scam which could leave them £315 worse off.

The mail scam, which has already been identified and confirmed by Royal Mail, involves a company called PDS or Parcel Delivery Service. Cardiff residents may find that in the coming weeks a card could be posted through their doors from this company stating that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that the householder needs to contact them on a premium rate 0906 number.

Residents are warned not to call this number as the company is not genuine and calling it - even for a moment - could result in you being charged £315, which will be added to your next phone bill.

If you do receive a card with these details, please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

For further information on scams, including reporting suspicious issues and advice on how to protect yourself, please visit www.direct.gov.uk or contact Consumer Direct on 0808 156 6736.

Want to have your say and make History?

The Cardiff Story Museum is developing a new gallery to celebrate Cardiff’s History. We need student views and ideas about Cardiff’s Communities, Leisure, Culture and Sport.

Please join us (refreshments provided) Wednesday 9th November 3pm-4.30pm Room 5.18 Humanities Building, Cardiff University (Just off Colum Road, near Library)

We need as many people as possible to attend but places are limited so please can you let us know by e-mailing Lucie Connors (lucie.connors@cardiff.gov.uk) with your confirmation.

The Cardiff Story opened its doors earlier this year to become the first museum dedicated to telling the tale of the city. It is free to visit and can be found in The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1BH

Website here: http://www.cardiffstory.com/content.asp

Monday, 31 October 2011

cardiffdigs and Environmental Champions Flash mob Cardiff Bay

@cardiffdigs and the Environmental Champions joined hundreds of other supporters at a flash mob the size of Wales.


A massive flash mob descended on Cardiff Bay and flooded the area outside of the WMC to form the shape of Wales using all manner of props to give the area a "rainforesty" feel complemented by a film crew who captured this moment for an advert to support the cause.





The Size of Wales Project aims to bring everyone in Wales together to protect tropical forests.

How often have you heard the alarming news that an area of rainforest the size of Wales is being cut down? The Size of Wales Project aims to turn that negative use of the country’s size on its head, by encouraging people to take positive action and help protect an area of rainforest equivalent to the size of Wales.

Wales is 2 million hectares, so they need all the help you can give.



For more information and how you can get involved visit: http://www.sizeofwales.org.uk/

Sustainability Week is here

Sustainability Week is taking place all this week; starting off by raising sustainability awareness with a Halloween Twist!

Come along to an Eco Halloween Fayre today from 11am till 4pm



Eco Halloween Fayre

Monday 31st October, 11am - 4pm

Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff University

Open to All & Free to Attend!

Be an ethical ghoul or an eco wizard!

• Halloween Food & Recipes

• Exciting Stalls & Ethical Products

• Costume Ideas

• Facepainting Tips

• Interactive Activities & Crafts

Find out about social and environmental sustainability from charities, businesses & organisations including: Lush Cosmetics, Halcyon Daze, Size of Wales, www.cardiffdigs.co.uk, YMCA Prefab Boutique, Canton Carbon Cutters, RSPB, National Museum of Wales, Oxfam Boutique, Eco-Explore, FairDo’s, Fruit & Veg Co-Op and many more

The full list of the week’s events can be found here:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/sustainability/week/

Any http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/ Environmental Champions that attend these events can have the time counted towards their timesheets for your end of year certificate presentations. Please keep a note of the events and time you attended from and till and e-mail your SVC co-ordinator Environmental Champions

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Hallo-clean not Halloween litter pick


Last Thursday the 27th of November the Environmental Champions braved thunderous conditions to help clean up Cathays. The spook-tacular litter pick was slightly tainted by the weather conditions but Chris Davies, Alec Care, and Cllr Simon Pickard joined Chris Partridge from Keep Wales Tidy to tackle the waste within Cogan Gardens. Items such as a geological hammer, a kayak paddle and plenty of bottles were removed from the gardens and surrounding area.

Due to the weather making the litter pick feel more like a hallo-wash out than a hallo-clean the volunteer turn out was slightly disappointing, however the event was very positive in forging some future ideas around more regular partnership litter pick events in Cathays with Keep Wales Tidy and the Environmental Champions

Even despite the rain the volunteers collected and removed large volumes of waste and still managed to raise a ghostly smile.

You can view more photos of the day here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keep_wales_tidy/6286521301/in/set-72157627992004796/

The event was part of Sustainability Week whcih takes place from the 31st of October all events are listed on these pages: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/sustainability/week/

Get It Out For Cardiff 2011 boosts Lord Mayor's Charity

Kieran, Fiona, Roshan, Nick and Chris present cheque to the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor’s charity, Cancer Research Wales has benefitted to the tune of nearly £740 as the Get It Out for Cardiff 2011 campaign concluded the last of its three successful kitchen reuse sales at Cardiff University Students Union and UWIC.

This reuse scheme collects and re-uses unwanted kitchen items from leaving students and resells to new students. The items would otherwise have been destined for the streets or landfill at the end of the last summer term. The scheme has been a resounding success with over 9 tonnes of items collected at halls of residence and the Students Union throughout the summer.

Kitchen utensils such as pots, pans, plates, cutlery and mugs were offered for sale at the beginning of term and the team built from a partnership between www.cardiffdigs.co.uk, Cardiff Council, Keep Cardiff Tidy, Cardiff University Students Union and Raise and Give (RAG) presented the Lord Mayor with a cheque for £736.30 at the Mansion House in Cardiff.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Delme Bowen said, “This really is a wonderful effort by the Get it Out for Cardiff team and I’m delighted they chose Cancer Research Wales as the beneficiary of the money raised as every penny collected by this fine charity stays in Wales. This is a great example of partnership working coming up with innovative ways to divert unwanted items from landfill or being dumped on the streets. This helps keeps our streets clean and helps a number of charities including my chosen charity as Lord Mayor. I can’t praise this initiative enough and I’m very grateful indeed to receive the cheque on behalf of Cancer Research Wales.”

Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Margaret Jones, said, “Once again, the Get it Out for Cardiff team has delivered great results in terms of collecting unwanted items from students and putting them to good use. This model of partnership working is a prodigious force for good in our efforts to reduce, re-use and recycle and underlines our commitment to live in a truly sustainable city.”

Student Liaison Officer, Kieran McCann http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/ said, “It takes a huge amount of effort to put this campaign together but the results are stunning and the benefits far reaching in terms of the recycling message put forward and the involvement of charities. The final icing on the cake is being able to present the Lord Mayor with a cheque for his charity, Cancer Research Wales. Every year we try to improve what we do and the work for next year’s campaign begins now.”

Meeting the Lord Mayor at Mansion House

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Join a flash mob the Size of Wales!

www.cardiffdigs.co.uk are supporting Cardiff University's Sustainability week and Size of Wales http://www.sizeofwales.org.uk/

Sustainability Week is our chance to work together to help drive forward the sustainable development agenda.
A week-long event with talks, discussions, film screenings, food co-operatives, and more, the aim is to provide an event that is varied, challenging, inspiring and thought-provoking, and one for the whole University community.
Tomorrow 27th October is your chance to participate in a Hallo-clean litter pick
http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk in association with it's Environmental Champions and Keep Wales Tidy are organising Hallo-clean a Ghostly themed litter pick all details here: http://cardiffdigs.blogspot.com/2011/10/hallow-clean-not-halloween.html
Then on Sunday join a flash mob the size of Wales!
If you’re passionate about protecting rainforest, this is the chance to be part of something unique and massive.
On 12.30pm for a 1pm start Sunday 30th October a massive flash mob will descend on Cardiff Bay and flood the area outside of the WMC and form up the shape of Wales using all manner of props that we are having made to give the area a "rainforesty" feel complemented by a film crew to capture this moment for an advert to support the cause.
We are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to be a part of this unique flash mob. All we ask is for individuals and groups to amass dressed in brown and green clothes (camouflage would be great too!)
Email rob@ziplinecreative.co.uk or call 07757620754 for more specific information and to let us know who you are and who you’ll be bringing!

Sustainability Week takes place from the 31
st of October and all events are listed on these pages:


Starting off by Raising Sustainability Awareness with a Halloween Twist!
Eco Halloween Fayre Poster
Monday 31st October, 11am - 4pm
Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff University

Open to All & Free to Attend!
Be an ethical ghoul or an eco wizard!
  • Halloween Food & Recipes
  • Exciting Stalls & Ethical Products
  • Costume Ideas
  • Facepainting Tips
  • Interactive Activities & Crafts

    Find out about social and environmental sustainability from charities, businesses & organisations including: Lush Cosmetics, Halcyon Daze, Size of Wales, www.cardiffdigs.co.uk, YMCA Prefab Boutique, Canton Carbon Cutters, RSPB, National Museum of Wales, Oxfam Boutique, Eco-Explore, FairDo’s, Fruit & Veg Co-Op and many more

Any cardiffdigs.co.uk champions that attend any of these event can have the time counted towards their timesheets for the end of year certificate presentations. Please keep a note of the events and time you attended from and till and e-mail your SVC co-ordinator Environmental Champions

Monday, 24 October 2011

Hallow-clean not Halloween

On Thursday 27th October – http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/ in association with Environmental Champions and Keep Wales Tidy are organising Hallo-clean a Ghostly themed litter pick with the Cathays Youth & Community Centre – free Witches brew (tea/coffee) and Goblin Brains (Cakes) provided after some ghoulish litter picking fun.


Meeting at 2pm Cathays Youth & Community Centre 36, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff, CF24 4HX.

All equipment and insurance provided. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather. Halloween costumes are encouraged but not essential.

Please let us know if you are attending so we have enough equipment, please e-mail to confirm your attendance at EdwardsK13@cardiff.ac.uk  or cardiffdigs@gmail.com

Monday, 17 October 2011

Contaminated Vodka Warning

Cardiff Trading Standards are issuing an urgent warning to residents in regards to sales of illegal and unsafe vodka.

Label on Bottle - Front

It has come to light that there are bottles of vodka currently on sale in Cardiff, packaged with the Drop Vodka label. At this time, Trading Standards are still investigating the vodka’s origin, and whether it is in fact counterfeit ‘bootleg’ vodka. Irrespective of this, although the label describes it as ‘vodka’, preliminary analysis of the contents has indicated that it does not contain enough alcohol to legitimately be called vodka.

Moreover, preliminary indications are that the contents contain a high level of isopropyl alcohol, which is not an ingredient of genuine vodka. In fact, isopropyl alcohol is normally used as cleaning fluid and is extremely harmful for human consumption.


Label on Bottle - Back

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Environmental Champions come knocking

21 Environmental Champions including members from the: Community, Students Union, South Wales Police, Waste Management, Councillors, Cardiff Council and The Landlords Forum joined with students for the second recycling awareness walkabout.



Set up by www.cardiffdigs.co.uk, Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) and Keep Cardiff Tidy the scheme is a voluntary action group working on sustainability issues. The society is working on a range of action based initiatives around sustainability, initially concentrating on ensuring people are aware of their waste and recycling responsibilities http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/waste.htm

Last night the team were knocking on doors ensuring people in Cathays and Roath were aware that recycling (green bags) and food waste (brown caddy) is a weekly collection and residual waste (black bins and bags) is fortnightly. The team were advising people about the range of items that can be recycled and how to use their food waste caddies.

Chris Davies a co-ordinator for the scheme said:

“If people are correctly recycling and using their food waste caddies then there is a limited amount that needs to go into black bins/bags en route to landfill or that accumulates in frontages prior to the fortnightly collection. A lot of people were surprised with the range and amount of items that can be recycled here in Cardiff as it differs to their local authorities back home. We were pleased to be able to help and educate not just our students but local residents to avoid any fines that might be issued if people incorrectly present their waste”

Kieran McCann, cardiffdigs said:

“I am thrilled with the range of partners and support we received. It is great to see so many different agencies coming together help educate people. A real sense of community cohesion can be achieved if people understand their social responsibilities”

The environmental champions are always keen to attract any more willing volunteers and will continue working on recycling along with other sustainability issues including a forthcoming litter pick. For more information please visit: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/environmentalchampions.htm

For information on what you can recycle, how to use your food waste caddies and when to present your waste can be found here: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/waste.htm People are reminded that a wall makes a world of difference. Rubbish cannot be collected if left inside the boundary of your property i.e. on your side of the property wall or in the garden. It must be placed on the pavement to ensure collection.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Environmental Champions and Cardiff Rivers Group

After a successful launch of the new Environmental Champions volunteer scheme working on sustainability issues, the champions were out on Sunday assisting Cardiff Rivers Group with their litter pick and river clean up.


Environmental Champions volunteers  
The champions joined with around 16 Cardiff Rivers Group volunteers to clean an area near Llandaff Rowing Club. Volunteers retrieved tyres, trolleys, metal piping and even a few rubber ducks from out of the river and cleaned up the surrounding area.

Chris Davies one of the student volunteers said; “I was shocked by the amount and range of items collected, it was a very worthwhile day. It was a great use of time, and got me motivated to be out of the house seeing different areas of Cardiff and making a difference instead of just staying in on a Sunday. I was pleased to be able to bring along Cardiff students to the event to support Cardiff Rivers Group, and grateful to those students who showed such enthusiasm”

The next environmental champions event is Tuesday 11th October

4.30pm

3rd Floor of the Students Union – meet in the TV lounge outside the sabbatical offices/ARC office.

All welcome to attend, just turn up on the day. An induction and meeting with new volunteers is scheduled in for 6.45pm after the event for those who want to know more information http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/environmentalchampions.htm

Friday, 7 October 2011

New Environmental Champions volunteer scheme take to the streets

A new Environmental Champions volunteer scheme encouraging students to dispose of their waste responsibly in their community has launched this week.


Kieran McCann launching the scheme

Supported by Cardiff Council, www.cardiffdigs.co.uk, Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) and Keep Cardiff Tidy; this partnership project has already received a lot of community interest with 64 students and local residents signing up at this week’s Student Volunteering Fair held at Cardiff University Students Union.

The scheme launched with a community door knock around Cathays and Roath by five groups of student and resident led volunteers as well as the Cardiff Council Waste Education & Enforcement team, Keep Cardiff Tidy, Cardiff University sabbatical officers and representatives from South Wales Police. The door knock was to remind students and other residents of their recycling and waste responsibilities, promote Tidy Text and give out tips on how and when they should present their bins and caddies.

Waste education

The response on the doorstep was very positive as many returning students were not yet aware of the new recycling service and were grateful for the advice from the teams.
Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Margaret Jones welcomed the initiative. “Students bring so much to Cardiff in terms of vibrancy and contribution to the economy. They are also valued members of the community and with that comes responsibility so this is an excellent and timely partnership given the introduction of the new weekly recycling collection service. I’m extremely pleased that the new environmental champions, drawn from students and local residents, are out there spreading the word and helping this important community adapt to the new service and help make Cardiff a green and sustainable city. A green, clean and sustainable environment should be everyone’s goal, it helps reduce crime and creates conditions for communities to thrive.”

Members of the community, students, police and waste help with the education drive
Kieran McCann, Student Liaison Officer for Cardiff Council emphasised the importance of such a scheme and the value of a having a mix of students and local residents volunteering to be Environmental Champions, he said, “If you’re presenting your waste incorrectly, there is potential of a £100 fine. No one wants to issue fines, no one wants to receive fines, what we want to do is help people, help the community out, help students and non-students alike understand their recycling and waste responsibilities. And it’s great to get a good mixture because then people get to understand they are living in a community. It’s also encouraging to get a good partnership working between a range of agencies.

“We’ve had the police out there today, local residents, councillors, students of course, Students Union reps and we’ve had Waste Management out there. It’s really important to make sure that people understand that it’s about community empowerment and engagement with your community.”

A Sabbatical Officer from Cardiff University, Sarah Halpin wanted to get involved and get out on the streets talking to students about local sustainability issues. She said, “it’s something we’re very passionate about and this is a big change in Cardiff affecting the students so we’re keen to get involved and make sure students knew what was coming and avoid any possible fines. Students have a notorious reputation, so anything we can do to improve that relationship between the Students Union and the community is really important.”

For more information on Environmental Champions visit:: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/environmentalchampions.htm



Thursday, 6 October 2011

Final Kitchen utensils re-sale


Quick; for fork's sake it is your last chance to pick up a kitchen bargain. Our third kitchen utensils re-sale from items collected in the KCT Get It Out For Cardiff campaign is this Friday (7th October) at Cardiff Students Union, Solus/reception 9am


Everyone is welcome to pick up a range of kitchen bargains including saucepans, plates, bowls and mugs for as little as 50p each.

Our running total now stands at over £600 so please help us with your donations on Friday. All money raised is being donated to the Lord Mayors charity, Cancer Research Wales. We will be presenting a cheque to him and the charity on behalf of http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/ Cardiff Students Union, Raise And Give and Keep Cardiff Tidy the following week

Want to get rid of unwanted electrical goods or bikes?

Then recycle them and help raise money for Keep Wales Tidy

Simply bring them to the FREE amnesty at

Llandaff Rowing Club on

Sunday 9th October from 12pm - 4pm

* ALL electrical items are accepted eg IT and audio equipment, household appliances, electrical toys and they DO NOT have to be in working order.

* Bikes can be donated even if they have parts missing, but, if they are too rusty or damaged beyond repair they will not be accepted

cardiffdigs.co.uk environmental champions are assisting with the Cardiff Rivers Group litter pick and river clean up that will accompany the amnesty and are offering a lift from the back of Cardiff Students Union to Llandaff at 11.15am sharp (any one requiring a lift must e-mail svc@cardiff.ac.uk before 1pm Friday)

All equipment and insurance provided and all waste from the litter-pick will be collected by CCC. Just turn up in suitable clothing and footwear/wellies.

For more information on environmental champions visit: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/environmentalchampions.htm

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Environmental Champions starting tonight

An astounding 64 student volunteers signed up for our new innovative Environmental Champions scheme last night at the Student Volunteering Fair (SVC)

Environmental Champions stand at the SVC fair 

Many thanks to the SVC for hosting such an exciting event and for all those students who showed an interest in Environmental Champions; a voluntary action group working on sustainability issues in partnership with http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/ Cardiff Students Union & SVC alongside Keep Cardiff Tidy.

Our first event is tonight (4th October)

4.30pm

3rd Floor of the Students Union – meet in the TV lounge outside the sabbatical offices/ARC office.

Our Environmental Champions coordinators; Alec Care, Kieran McCann, Lucy Prisk 

 
We will door knocking around Cathays and the community raising awareness of waste and recycling responsibilities. Please wear suitable clothing for the weather. A briefing session will be provided at 4.30pm sharp. We should be finished by 6.30pm (for our first event some free food has been provided by the union at the de-brief)

All welcome, please just turn up this eve. We will ask you to sign in so that we can start your time sheets. At the end of the year we will be hosting a presentation ceremony and award various levels of certificates based on your time commitments.

This Sunday (9th) we are also organising a litter pick in association with Cardiff Rivers Group. A mini bus from the back of the union will be provided at 11.15am to transport people to the event in Llandaff.
Environmental Champions coordinator; Chris Davies talking with potential volunteers 

If you are unable to attend tonight or Sunday you still have the opportunity to sign up to the group or can join us on the 11th for our induction and 18th with social or for our hallo-clean litter pick more details at:

http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/environmentalchampions.htm

Thank you for expressing an interest in us, we look forward to meeting you soon.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Student Environmental Champions starting next week



A voluntary action group on sustainability issues http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/environmentalchampions.htm

We are working on action based initiatives around waste and recycling, housing and energy efficiency, sustainable travel, fairtrade, environmental tasks litter picks, green police and many more exciting ideas.

This project is a partnership between http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/, SVC and Keep Cardiff Tidy with the aim of making Cardiff a cleaner, greener, safer, more optimistic place filled with civic pride. The projects will work in partnership with the wider community and various supporting organisations.

Current projects you can get involved in:

Everyone is welcome to join us on any of these Tuesdays for a community door knock raising awareness of waste and recycling responsibilities

OCTOBER 2011

4th 11th 18th 

4.30pm

3rd floor Students union lounge just outside the ARC and sabbatical offices

And/or

Thursday 27th October – Hallo-clean a Ghostly themed litter pick with the Cathays Youth & Community Centre – free tea and cake provided after some ghoulish litter picking fun http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/Halloclean%20-%20Eng%20&%20Welsh.pdf

Meeting at 2pm Cathays Youth & Community Centre

36, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff, CF24 4HX

Sunday 9th October – for a litter pick and river clean up meeting at the Llandaff Rowing Club at 10am. Meet at the union for a free transport to and from the pick

The litter pick is in partnership with Cardiff Rivers Group http://cardiffriversgroup.blogspot.com/

Llandaff Rowing Club

Bridge Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF5 2PT

Any students interested please come along to our stall at the Student Volunteering Fayre (SVC) on Monday October 3rd, (Cardiff Students Union 5.30-8pm) where you can find out more about the project and sign-up an interest

Sign up through the SVC Office on the 3rd floor of the Students’ Union

Tel: (029) 2078 1510 / 1494

Email: svc@cardiff.ac.uk

Web: www.svcardiff.org

Any non-students and community members please help us raise awareness of everyone’s social responsibilities by joining us on our door to door knocking days.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Kitchen re-sale raises £490


The second kitchen utensils re-sale from items collected in the KCT Get It Out For Cardiff campaign has raised a staggering £490

Cardiff students picked up a range of kitchen bargains including saucepans, plates, bowls and mugs for as little as 50p each.

Thank you to all the Raise And Give girls who helped set up and made the tills ring with their cheerful sales and smiles.

Also a huge thank you to Cardiff Students Union; Nick and Chris for hosting such a great event, even the Cardiff Uni Dragon mascot picked up a fiery bargain.

Our running total now stands at over £600 with one more sale on Friday 7th October at Cardiff Students Union, Solus/reception 9am. All money raised is being donated to charity.



@cardiffdigs canvas bags were in hot demand