Disappointment at the U-turn on UK green policies

Response from Karen Mitchell, our CEO. This week has seen some concerning U-turns to the UK’s green policies, including delaying the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035, more time to transition from gas boilers to electric heat pumps and the scrapping of plans for landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties. Other proposals scrapped are around household recycling, car-sharing, diet and flying. These changes have implications not just for our work but for everyone concerned about the future of Cumbria and beyond, and flies in the face of the scientific [...]

By |2023-09-25T09:37:27+01:00September 21st, 2023|Homepage, News|

Press Release: Cumbrian homes get energy advice boost with £400k funding win

Local charity Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), widely recognised as the county’s trusted organisation for independent home energy advice, has been awarded over £390K by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero to expand their Cold to Cosy Homes service. One of only seven organisations in the North West to be funded, CAfS will be working with the North West Net Zero Hub to deliver the programme. James Johnson, Head of Regional Programme at North West Net Zero Hub said "The North West Net Zero Hub is delighted to be supporting Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), along with six [...]

By |2023-09-05T09:04:33+01:00August 30th, 2023|Homepage, News|

Meet one of our new community climate champions

Matthew Stemp joined our Climate Champions in the first call for volunteers, about three months ago.  He is a youth worker, who was interested in the programme as a way of meeting like-minded people in his area, and sharing his enthusiasm for making a difference with climate action. Here he explains how the first three months as a volunteer Climate Champion has gone. The first three months as a climate champion volunteer involved some training, we had some practical support like CAfS policies and data handling, and I also took one of their carbon literacy courses. All of this was very [...]

By |2023-08-22T13:58:57+01:00August 18th, 2023|Climate Champions, Homepage, News|

Contractor Opportunities: Home Energy Advisers

Home Energy Advisers Our Cold to Cosy Homes service is expanding to deliver even more free home energy advice across Cumbria. The service supports vulnerable people who may be living in cold, draughty, or damp homes. The eligibility requirements of Cold to Cosy Homes target households that either are already in or are at risk of falling into fuel poverty. It is open to all types of householders – homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants. To help us meet ambitious targets to make Cumbrian homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat, we are now recruiting for [...]

By |2023-09-08T07:20:45+01:00August 4th, 2023|Homepage, News, Uncategorised, Vacancies - Contracts|

What does climate change look like in Cumbria?

Whilst mainland Europe is burning in record breaking heatwaves, here in Cumbria it seems to be the usual summer weather – cloud, rain, some spells of sunshine. It’s the conditions that we would normally expect.   But whilst it may not feel as though the long term climate is changing in our own backyard, unlike overseas, it is clear from the data derived from monitoring of the day to day weather conditions over many years that it is.    The average annual temperature of the UK has increased since 1884 – with 10 of the UK’s hottest years having occurred since 2003. [...]

By |2023-07-25T16:48:00+01:00July 25th, 2023|Homepage, News|

Our latest newsletter – 20 July 2023

Read our latest newsletter for details of our Staveley ebike scheme, Cockermouth charity week, a call for thermal imaging volunteers and climate champions and more! We send our newsletters every couple of weeks. We'll let you know about our forthcoming events, webinars, and courses; top tips for cutting your carbon footprint, our services and projects. To get this direct to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter! Subscribe to get our newsletter direct to your inbox! Follow us on social media for the most up to date news! [...]

By |2023-07-21T13:38:26+01:00July 21st, 2023|Homepage, News|

Cockermouth businesses supporting CAfS during town’s charity week

It’s Cockermouth Charity Week and CAfS are being supported by some wonderful sustainable businesses in the town.   The week runs from 17th-22nd July and throughout this period businesses in Cockermouth will be fundraising for their chosen charity. On the Saturday, everyone will be out on the streets to celebrate with stalls, live music and many other events happening in the town.  North Lakes Clinic and Health Food Store are supporting us with a promotion on sales of Bare Kind bamboo socks and in Market Place, Goodness and Grain will also be running a raffle with some amazing, sustainable prizes. Skylark Studio have donated a painting which can be [...]

By |2023-07-25T14:25:10+01:00July 20th, 2023|Homepage, News, Uncategorised|

Home Retrofit Volunteer

Get involved in home retrofit and learn how to use a thermal camera! We've teamed up with community groups in four areas  - Ambleside; Keswick; Levens and Arnside and Greysouthen, Melbreak, Lorton, Eaglesfield, Bridgefoot and Little Clifton - for a new project all about retrofitting and refurbishing homes to save energy and be more comfortable. We're recruiting volunteers in each of these area to help drive the project. No experience necessary! We're looking for people to help plan and publicise events, and a group of volunteers to carry out free thermal imaging surveys [...]

By |2023-08-24T12:32:22+01:00July 19th, 2023|News, Vacancies - Jobs, Vacancies - Volunteering|

Response to Climate Change Committee Report | A call for national leaders to step up

Our CEO, Karen Mitchell, responds to the recent CCC report On Monday, the Met Office confirmed that June was the UK’s hottest on record. Days before that, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the independent group which advises the government on emissions targets and reports to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, released its annual report, saying that their “confidence in the UK meeting its goals from 2030 onwards is now markedly less than a year ago”. The 438 page report cites a lack of urgency, and urges the Government to stick to existing [...]

By |2023-07-26T09:19:47+01:00July 5th, 2023|Homepage, News, Uncategorised|

Cumbrian communities set to benefit from £40k support for renewable energy projects

Community groups and town and parish councils across Cumbria are set to benefit from a total of £40,000 of funding to initiate or progress renewable energy projects in their area. Our Low Carbon Communities team have produced a comprehensive report which explains what community renewable energy is, and details different models. It covers key considerations and challenges and gives examples and mini-case studies of a wide variety of existing projects already in existence across the county. CAfS Low Carbon Communities Programme Manager, Molly Hogg, said “Our research and report gave us real insight into the help groups need to [...]

By |2023-06-26T14:30:00+01:00June 21st, 2023|Homepage, News|
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