The Community Energy Champions Toolkit, written by National Energy Action (NEA), is a guide to support the development and delivery of Energy Champions Networks, to promote energy efficiency and wellbeing, creating more efficient, environmentally friendly, and socially just communities. The Toolkit suggests ways of up-skilling, supporting and retaining local Energy Champions to address local energy related issues.
ACT worked with volunteer Energy Champions from a range of communities to plan for how to provide appropriate energy solutions locally. ACT supported these Energy Champions to use the Toolkit, and other resources, to identify local energy needs, the potential activity to address these needs, and where to access additional information and support needed.
Pilot Energy Champion Communities
- Claife (South Lakeland)
- Sustainable Brampton (Carlisle district)
- Alston (Eden)
Community Energy Champions Toolkit (NEA)
Affordable Warmth A practical guide to addressing heating and energy efficiency in your community (ACRE)
Helping Consumers with Energy Help towards lower bills and warmer homes (DECC)
Energy Efficiency A practical guide to how your community can become more energy efficient (ACRE)
Renewable Energy A practical guide to developing community renewable energy projects (ACRE)
Oil buying groups (Opt 4 Community Energy website)
Community renewable energy (Plan LoCal website)
Energy Efficiency and Green Deal (Plan LoCal website)
CAfS support for community groups in Eden (Cumbria Action for Sustainability website)
Rural Community Energy Fund (WRAP website)
Project funded by Cumbria Community Foundation
ACTion with communities in Cumbria has been working with participants from seven village halls to design a Managing Risks Toolkit for the 300 plus halls across Cumbria.
The project aims to assist village halls to deal with the challenges of extreme weather events and other risks such as loss of income, issues within committees and other situations. It is funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and was awarded after Storm Desmond when a number of halls in Carlisle, South Lakeland and Allerdale were flooded.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is supporting community resilience and emergency planning activities across Cumbria, as part of a 3 year BIG Lottery funded programme. This includes helping people to get together to share their experiences, think about future risks and what they might do to be better prepared.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is 70 in October and using this milestone as an opportunity to celebrate the organisation’s past and also look to the future.
ACT’s Chief Executive Lorrainne Smyth says “We’ve changed our name several times in those 70 years, settling on ACTion with Communities in Cumbria back in 2008, but it is striking how little our aims, priorities and ways of working have changed since the beginning. We still rely on a core group of committed people as our staff and our Trustees and it’s still about making a difference by championing rural issues and working with communities.”
Village Halls around the country have been celebrating the first national Village Halls Week between 22nd and 26th January. Here at ACT we’d like to say a huge thank you for all the work you do in your communities and to share a few of the highlights in Cumbria and around the country.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging village halls across the county to get involved in the first ever national #VillageHallsWeek starting Monday 22nd January 2018. This is a week-long celebration to say a collective “thank-you” to all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open for the benefit of their communities.
Volunteers from six Community Buildings around Cumbria were presented with achievement awards by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) at their recent AGM. Over 50 people attended the event at Sedbergh People’s Hall, celebrating the enormous contribution which Village Hall volunteers make to the communities they serve.
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