Coffee – A brewing crisis

By |2023-10-04T09:18:14+01:00October 3rd, 2023|Homepage, News|

CAFS staff and volunteers heard a talk from Joe Human this week about the growing crisis for the coffee industry suffering because of the impact of climate change. The enlightening talk went through the journey of coffee and the stories of coffee farmers that Joe, who has worked with coffee farmers for over 15 years, has visited. With over 2bn cups of coffee drunk worldwide every year the impact of climate change on coffee growing countries, such as the increase in annual temperatures and the decrease in rainfall cannot be underestimated. In Ethopia, farmers have reported weather patterns becoming more [...]

Cumbria’s Climate Cafe launches

By |2023-10-03T11:32:35+01:00September 27th, 2023|Homepage, News|

We're really excited to announce, along with our Zero Carbon Cumbria partners,  that we are are launching a new online chat to explore challenges, barriers, opportunities and solutions in response to the climate crisis. The informal events will be a conversation style; guest speakers with a wide range of experience and experts who can answer questions. And at just half an hour long they will be easy to catch up with in your break. Each Climate Cafe will have it's own theme, and they will be recorded to listen to or watch at a later date. Nigel Jenkins, Zero Carbon [...]

Disappointment at the U-turn on UK green policies

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

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 [...]

Job: Project Manager – Community Retrofit and Renewables

By |2023-10-05T08:30:28+01:00August 30th, 2023|Vacancies - expired|

With the ongoing growth of CAfS and an internal promotion, we are now recruiting for a new Project Manager to join our Low Carbon Communities team. This is a great opportunity to join our team of project managers delivering our Solar Made Easy and Retrofit Made Easy projects. Solar Made Easy Retrofit Made Easy About you You'll use your brilliant communication and engagement skills to deliver complex information simply and concisely and encourage, support and manage contributions and opinions from multiple individuals in community groups. Your event and project management skills will [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Meet one of our new community climate champions

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

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 [...]

Contractor Opportunities: Home Energy Advisers

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

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 [...]

Take the CAfS Fundraising Challenge!

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

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 [...]

Job: Cold to Cosy Homes | Project Officer

By |2023-08-30T09:23:42+01:00July 28th, 2023|Vacancies - expired|

Great news - our Cold to Cosy Homes service is being expanded so we can continue to deliver even more free home energy advice across the county, often to vulnerable people living in cold, draughty or damp homes. We're looking for two Project Officers to join our team to provide home energy advice to a diverse range of clients. The successful candidates will help us reach more clients through home visits, telephone or virtual appointments, or at events throughout Cumbria. You'll use your knowledge of fuel poverty and friendly style to give advice to help make homes [...]

What does climate change look like in Cumbria?

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

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. [...]

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