CAfS is co-chair of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership (ZCCP), which involves more than 80 organisations spanning the public, private and third sectors with the aim of delivering a coordinated emission reduction programme to bring about a zero-carbon Cumbria by 2037.
CAfS has been awarded £2.5 million from the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund, on behalf of the ZCCP, for a five-year Zero Carbon Cumbria project. Eleven of the organisations in the ZCCP, as well as CAfS, will be involved in delivering elements of the project, to support the goals of the wider partnership.
The Lottery-funded project will tackle some of the main sources of carbon emissions in Cumbria, with a particular focus on food, energy generation, transport and the goods we buy. Further information about ZCCP can be found on the Zero Carbon Cumbria website.

We’re looking for an Events and Training Coordinator to coordinate and lead the design, organisation, delivery, reporting and evaluation of the events and training programme. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a thriving and growing organisation of friendly, skilled and highly supportive colleagues, that plays a crucial role in helping Cumbria tackle the climate crisis. We encourage and welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates from all walks of life.

About the role

As part of the Lottery-funded project, CAfS leads the development of a programme of climate and emission-reduction related events and training which is delivered jointly by CAfS and a range of partners.
The programme aims to inspire and enable partners, organisations, communities and individuals to overcome barriers to reducing emissions, such as lack of knowledge, skills and confidence. It is a supportive framework for community and partner engagement, enabling groups and other partners to share campaigns, messaging, action and successes.

The role will involve:

  • Collaboration with the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership, colleagues, communities and other organisations across Cumbria to identify skills and knowledge gaps and the demand for training and events.
  • Coordination and leading the design, organisation, delivery, reporting and evaluation of the events and training programme.
  • Developing and testing an income generating model which will ensure the longer term delivery of an events and training programme after the Lottery funding comes to an end in December 2025.

To apply, please email your completed application form to us by 9am on Tuesday 23 January 2024.

Interviews are planned for Wednesday 31 January 2024. 

The important stuff

  • SALARY SCALE: £26,000 – £34,000 (FTE)

  • LOCATION: Flexible working patterns with blended home, site and office (Penrith) work.

  • HOURS: 22.5 – 30 hours per week, with flexibility to be worked over up to five days per week.

  • START DATE AND DURATION: Fixed-term until December 2025

You’ll love working at CAfS

Working at CAfS comes with great benefits. You’ll be joining a friendly and supportive organisation, and your wellbeing and work:life balance are hugely important to us. As well as flexibility around your working hours and location, you’ll have 22 days of paid annual leave pro rata, plus bank/public holidays. We pay an employer pension contribution of 6% from day one of employment.

What a job at CAfS offers you…

  • The opportunity to be on the frontline driving action on climate change as part of a respected organisation that is making a difference.

  • Collaboration with dedicated colleagues, communities, local authorities and other organisations who are striving towards the same goal.

  • A dynamic working environment in which we continually innovate to achieve the best outcomes for employees, communities and planet.

  • A consultative working culture where staff are encouraged to contribute to new developments.

Our work culture and benefits…

  • We are a friendly and supportive team of colleagues and board of trustees

  • We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in all that we do.

  • We will provide the equipment you need to do your job.

  • Employee wellbeing is very important to us. We do what we can to help colleagues achieve a great work/life balance.

  • We have a flexible working policy and we use it. Most staff work part time so we are accustomed to managing different work patterns. Staff can also work at home where possible.

  • We invest in learning and development and encourage people to develop their skills and commit time and resources to development.