School climate strikes planned for 15 March

By |2019-02-28T11:02:20+00:00February 25th, 2019|News|

Students from Cumbria will be among the young people from 150 cities around the world going on strike on Friday 15 March, demanding urgent action on climate change. It’s the latest in a series of protests by young people since last summer, begun by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. Next month’s protest is expected to be the biggest mobilisation of young people so far. Students from 150 cities are taking part, with university students now also starting to join their high-school counterparts. Youth Strike 4 Climate – Carlisle A group of young people from the Carlisle area have organised [...]

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Church conference focuses on sustainability

By |2019-02-26T12:16:16+00:00February 25th, 2019|News|

Churches from across Cumbria came together last month for a conference on the Christian response to the mounting environmental challenges. CAfS was among the environmental organisations taking part in the Caring for Our Common Home event, at Keswick School on 2 February 2019. Around 150 people attended the conference, which was a chance to reflect on why and how we should care for the Earth, our common home. The possibility of a follow-up conference is in active discussion, after the success of this event, which was sponsored by ECiC and Engaging Theology in Cumbria. "The event was excellent with [...]

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Contract: Freelance home-energy assessors

By |2019-02-21T11:10:27+00:00February 4th, 2019|News, Vacancies - Contracts|

Posted: 4 February 2019 Closing date: Ongoing – we’ll close this opportunity when we’ve found enough assessors in our coverage areas Join the Cold to Cosy Homes team! We are recruiting freelance home-energy assessors to help us with the home visits we’ll be doing as part of our new Cold to Cosy Homes scheme. If you’d like to help Cumbrian householders to reduce their energy use and get warmer homes, we’d love to hear from you, particularly if you have you experience of visiting homes or providing advice to people. You’ll need to be able to travel independently throughout Cumbria. [...]

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Volunteer role: Event coordinator

By |2019-02-21T11:10:44+00:00February 4th, 2019|News, Vacancies - Volunteering|

Date posted: 4 February 2019 Closing date: 28 February 2019 We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help us run our preloved clothes sale in April. It’s the perfect role if you’re trying to break into the charity or environmental sector, or perhaps you’ve recently retired and have lots of skills to offer. The main criteria are an interest in the work we do and the drive to turn that interest into running a fantastic event, securing donations and sponsorship from our supporters. We ran our first clothes sale last year and we’d love to see it become an [...]

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Alston Moor food study gets under way

By |2019-02-01T09:59:51+00:00February 1st, 2019|Alston Moor Greenprint, News|

A feasibility study into community food growing and the development of a food-growing enterprise on Alston Moor is now under way. Congratulations to Vista Veg, the Eden food-growing cooperative appointed by CAfS to carry out the study after a tender process in December. As a first step, we now want to hear from businesses on Alston Moor that buy or sell food, in particular businesses that either: Sell fruit and vegetables, honey, herbs or dairy produce directly to the public, or Buy any of those products for use in their kitchen, café, pub, restaurant, accommodation, etc. We want to build [...]

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CAfS grant success will help a thousand chilly households

By |2019-01-10T11:59:52+00:00January 10th, 2019|News|

CAfS has been named as one of 15 charities from across the UK being awarded national funding that will see thousands of households saving energy, money and living in warmer, more efficient homes. We've been awarded £148,000 from the Energy Saving Trust as part of the Energy Redress Scheme, announced on Tuesday 8 January, which redistributes voluntary payments from UK energy companies. The grant means we can help more than a thousand Cumbrians to reduce their heating bills and get a warmer, more comfortable home. The new Cold to Cosy Homes scheme will offer extensive energy-saving and draughtproofing measures [...]

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