A Partnership of local organisations including Our Future Leeds, Voluntary Action Leeds, Together for Peace and Leeds Tidal, supported by a host of other Leeds community organisations have been successful in receiving a £2.5m award from The National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund.
The partnership has a goal of creating a ‘Zero carbon, socially-just and liveable city by 2030’.
Part of the project involves the setting up of 16 community hubs across the city, the project will also create around 40 local jobs and around £400,000 of grants will be shared to local community groups to help them to take action on the climate and social justice.
Beeston has been chosen as one of the first four areas to have a community hub, and the project is looking for local people to work together to form a local strategy, and plan events and actions that meet the needs of their community. Later in the year two local people will be employed as climate hub workers who will work in the local community. A central city-wide hub will be on call to provide any specialist expertise the group request, and there will be a community fund to support events and actions.
The project will cover 8 main themes; transport, energy, housing, food, nature, climate justice, economy and education. You may not be primarily concerned with climate change, but you may care about buying local, litter on the streets and in the ginnels, safe places for kids to play, access to green space, traffic noise and air pollution, hard to heat homes, or saving money on food and fuel bills.
The aim of the hub is to provide ‘Local solutions for local people’.
- Do you care about your local community and have ideas on what we can do to improve things?
- Have you got a project that you would like to share?
- Are you interested in making your home more energy efficient?
- Do you care about the local environment?
- Are you keen to improve the local economy?
If you answered yes to any of those questions then please contact Beth Bingley – Beeston’s Climate Hub Development Worker firstname.lastname@example.org
I have lived in Beeston for most of my life and I now have a 4 year old who I am raising in Beeston. I am particularly keen to be involved in this project as I believe its us residents of Beeston who have the ideas and the determination to change the things we are unhappy with.
I for one am keen to improve our local sports facilities and pitches and I’d love to keep up the amazing community spirit that we’ve witnessed over the last 12 months. We really are lucky to have the opportunity to become one of the first community hubs in Leeds and I urge as many people to get involved as possible.
To find out more about the programme visit: ourfutureleeds.org/intro-to-cecap
There are lots of ideas for small changes you can make to live a lower carbon lifestyle. Check out the 52 Climate Actions website for ideas: www.52climateactions.com/action-themes
This post was written by Rebecca Kellet
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