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Sustainable Communities and Zero Carbon

Reducing carbon and living sustainably is a 21st Century challenge.

Much of the work ACT assists communities with aims to help communities to be sustainable in the longer term.

Our Community Planning, Community Buildings, Community Led Housing and Transport support are key tools in developing and maintaining community sustainability.

We work with Cumbria Action for Sustainability to promote projects for community sustainability.

We promote discussion and help facilitate solutions for zero carbon communities, while being alive to the challenges and opportunities for rural communities.

What people say about ACT

  • You understand and welcome active partnership working to ensure the council is able to ethically and genuinely engage with our communities on projects, initiatives and community planning.

    Julie Betteridge

    Copeland Borough Council

    01/10/2019

  • Strengthening community is vital

    Steve Bowles

    Hallbankgate Hub

    01/10/2019

  • It is good to know that this organisation exists

    Pauline Boardman

    St. Cuthberts Church

    11/07/2019

  • Wealth of experience in community development and working with people to give them a voice and influence change for the better.

    Kellie Bradburn-Sims

    Cumbria County Council

    27/11/2019

  • The support that is given to local communities and good advice

    Peter Lawes

    Setmurthy Parish Hall

    19/03/2019

  • Supporting communities across Cumbria, especially in rural areas

    Ellen Clements

    Cumbria Community Foundation

    07/02/2020

  • Supporting, advising local bodies, networking

    David Opie

    Social Responsibility Forum CTIC

    30/10/2019

  • Phew!!! Someone who understands. Thank You!

    Sue Nicholls

    Rookhow Quaker Meeting House & Bunkbarn

    06/02/2020

  • they give communities a voice, and opportunities to discuss issues that are affecting their lives

    Paula Allen

    Lake District National Park Authority

    23/09/2019

  • Good to know of the invaluable work you do across Cumbria

    Martha Shields

    Martha Shields Design & Development

    11/11/2019

Relevant Resources

Guidance Sheets

Case Studies

Research & Other Publications

Toolkits & Workbooks

  • ACT Community Exchanges Toolkit

    Community Exchanges are regular community-led events that bring people together, provide services and information and reduce social isolation. This toolkit brings together a series of guidance sheets and video interviews from Crosthwaite Exchange, 'The Vic' Community Cafe in Culgaith, and Bolton Exchange, to support other communities looking to start their own Exchange or Community Cafe.

  • Questionnaire Design Guide

    Being able to put together a survey which is easy to understand, and will give you the information you need, is a useful skill for any community group, particularly those doing Community Led Plans. This guide provides an introduction to writing questionnaires, the types of questions to avoid, how to ensure your survey is accessible to all, and how to analyse the results.

  • Community Oil Buying Groups Toolkit

    Many communities in Cumbria are dependent on oil to heat their homes and by setting up a community oil buying group residents can save money on their bills. This toolkit explains what a community oil buying group is, how to set one up and what you need to consider as well as tips and ideas on how to run and manage your group when it is established.

  • Sustainable Communities Workbook

    A discussion tool to help assess your community's sustainability and plan for the future using the Egan Wheel's eight key elements for a sustainable community.

Videos

Tebay & Orton Tourism Group Feb 2013

Community Project involving training, events and local cultural/environmental heritage promotion.

Tebay & Orton Community Heritage Project Feb 2013

Community Project involving training, events and local cultural / environmental heritage promotion.

Crosthwaite Exchange Nov 2010

Lamplugh VH Film Nights Sept 2010

Bolton Exchange June 2010