Information and Advice for Cumbria's Sustainability Communities
Welcome to Cumbria’s Sustainability Network where you can meet like-minded groups from other parts of our historic county and play your part in building a movement to reduce carbon emissions and ensure that Cumbria gets to ‘net zero’ by 2037.
As the network coordinator, I’m here to help you get started, and as well as linking into the network, I can help you access funding, give advice on how to set up as a group, provide ideas on publicity and promotion and top tips from others’ successes. Our members are involved in developing practical projects to cut carbon and also work to raise awareness of the climate crisis, and encourage their friends and neighbours on ‘doing their bit.’ By working together, we aim to give community groups a stronger voice in influencing policy, both within the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and beyond.
Join the Sustainability Network ‘Workplace’, come along to our meetings and find out more.
The Media Trust have great ideas and suggestions for communicating and creating marketing resources. They also run courses and webinars, some of which are free for charities and community groups.
This is a really useful resource: 15 digital resources for community groups.
Hope for the Future is a UK based charity that aims to link community groups with politicians and representatives. The site offers letter templates, advice on policy and action that can link with local and national elections.
Climate Outreach can support you with communication and reaching your community. They offer a toolkit to support different ways of getting your message across and regularly hold workshops and webinar that support this action.
The Northern Network – Groundwork connects Green Community Hubs across the North of England. Shared green spaces such as community farms, parks, fields, and allotments can all help to create thriving and resilient communities. They have the potential to bring people together, enhance prospects, improve health and wellbeing, and even take action on the environment.
Sustainability Network Latest News
Grants and Funding Information
Communities at the heart of new fund to boost local growth and energy security – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The Northern Network are offering grants to support learning, training and skills development for Green Community Hubs across the North of England.
Funding for community orchards in Westmorland and Furness
Biodiversity Grants – Kendal
What does it mean to be a Climate Champion – and what have our current Climate Champions got up to?