Be a CAfS Trustee – hear from our Chair!

We caught up with Tracey Hart, our Chair of Trustees, to find out more about how and why she decided to join CAfS in the fight against the climate crisis.   Where did you first hear about CAfS? I first came across CAfS through its “Green Build Festival” - an annual fortnight of visits, talks and training events focusing on sustainability in the built environment, a topic very close to my heart. I was in the process of breathing new life into an old and unloved farmhouse tucked away in the Far Eastern Fells of the Lake District, so I [...]

By |2024-05-30T17:55:41+01:00May 30th, 2024|Homepage, News, Uncategorised|

Age UK North Tyneside – Breaking down barriers and spreading the word with Carbon Literacy

Sonya Roe, and Age UK North Tyneside are on a journey of positive, practical climate action. And the motivation all started with an urge to make a difference, both personally and at the organisation, with climate action. Age UK North Tyneside serves a diverse community, providing services such as exercise classes, will writing, information and advice, and support for the older LGBTQ+ community. It has a predominantly female workforce, many who live locally. Priorities in their 2020-2025 strategy concentrate on supporting the local economy, improving the lives of people in later life and being a partner, and employer ‘of [...]

By |2024-06-03T09:22:00+01:00April 17th, 2024|Carbon Literacy, Homepage, News, Uncategorised|

Vermiculture Cumbria! Worms and the field to fork journey.

With funded support from the Zero Carbon Cumbria Low Carbon Food Programme CAfS have teamed up with partners to tackle food waste in Cumbria using the unbridled power of the worm! We are working with Anna de la Vega, who set up The Urban Worm CIC, Anna is a vermiculture expert with years of international experience delivering training and consultancy on vermiculture food waste solutions to tackle this huge global issue. Windrow Growing Well Low Sizergh Dec 23 To date we  have installed two systems at Growing Well at their Low Sizergh site, a windrow demonstration site and [...]

By |2024-02-02T08:57:54+00:00February 2nd, 2024|Homepage, News, Uncategorised|

Take the CAfS Fundraising Challenge!

Are you looking for a challenge this summer? Summer is here and local architects Manning Elliott Partnership, are getting ready for their second fundraising challenge for us, a jaw-dropping 100km bike ride this August. Taking on a charity challenge, from swimming Cumbria’s lakes to having a zero-waste month, is a great way to do something you enjoy and raise money for a cause you care about all at the same time. It is easy to set-up a Facebook Fundraiser via your personal account to spread the word about your event and take donations. CAfS also have a JustGiving profile to [...]

By |2023-08-03T08:40:56+01:00August 3rd, 2023|Uncategorised|

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|

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|

Job: Customer Services Administrator

An excellent opportunity to play an important part in supporting Cumbria householders with their energy use and the cost of living crisis.  Our team of Customer Administrators play an important part in delivering Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria, as well as other services we provide. The role is the first point of contact for customers when they enquire about and apply for services.  The successful candidate will assist the Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria team to deliver energy advice and access our paid services. All training will be provided, as well as our award-winning Carbon and Climate Literacy course. [...]

By |2023-07-25T11:51:34+01:00June 26th, 2023|Uncategorised, Vacancies - expired|

Community Climate Champion (Volunteer)

This opportunity is now closed - if you are interested please contact [email protected]! We're looking for new volunteer Climate Champions in the Copeland area. Through CAfS' accredited Climate & Carbon Literacy Course, provided free to successful candidates, you'll increase your knowledge of climate science, solutions and practical actions. Then, using your new found knowledge, and with full support from CAfS' Climate Champion Coordinator, you'll organise events - like discussion groups, film nights, quizzes, and reading groups - all in your own area to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others. Even having [...]

By |2023-10-24T16:37:41+01:00June 23rd, 2023|Uncategorised, Vacancies - expired|

What the IPCC report means for Cumbria

You’ll have seen the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in the news this week. You’ll have heard the latest warnings, an appeal to governments to listen, and the stark retelling of the scale of challenge that we are facing. What you won’t hear is what it means locally, for your town or village, your business, or your home. What does the IPCC report mean for Cumbria?   IPCC tells us Cumbria can make a difference  The report tells us that globally ‘there are multiple, feasible and effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate [...]

By |2023-03-23T12:54:22+00:00March 23rd, 2023|Homepage, News, Uncategorised|
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