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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

  • It offers support and information and aims to meet the needs of our individual organisation

    Jill Eastham

    Lazonby Swimming Pool

    17/12/2019

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

    Martha Shields

    Martha Shields Design & Development

    11/11/2019

  • Thank you for the useful info

    Jo Hymers

    Carlisle Sling Library CIC

    10/10/2019

  • Strengthening community is vital

    Steve Bowles

    Hallbankgate Hub

    01/10/2019

  • It helps keep me in touch with broader rural opportunities

    John Farmer

    Longsleddale Parish

    22/12/2019

  • They give advice on helping us get feedback about surveys

    Victoria Markendale

    Kirksanton Village Hall

    19/03/2019

  • It champions rural communities

    Chris Kolek

    Kolek Consulting Limited/Stainton Village Hall

    26/01/2019

  • Funding for hall improvements. Involve you in the village

    Jane Launchberry

    Appleby Transport Group

    22/01/2020

  • Really supportive and active in advice and practical guidance to support volunteers.

    Jon Rush

    Stainton Village Hall

    03/12/2019

  • Focus on the local and what matters

    Chris Rush

    22/08/2019

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