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Alpacally Ever After – Utilising food waste, alpaca dung and worms!

By |2024-04-15T08:37:47+01:00April 11th, 2024|Homepage, News|

As delivery partners in the Westmorland and Furness Green Enterprise Hub, CAfS have been able to support small and medium enterprises with tailored carbon reduction and sustainability support. “Our mission is to empower organisations to reduce their carbon footprint, drive innovation, and unlock the benefits of a cleaner, greener future.” One of the businesses we’ve been working with is Alpacally Ever After, a social enterprise that rehomes alpacas and llamas from all over the country and give them a wonderful new home with the very best of care, while bringing people in touch with the landscape and the natural world [...]

Event Report: Solar Made Easy on Cartmel Peninsula

By |2024-04-23T06:19:16+01:00April 10th, 2024|Homepage, News|

Our recent Solar Made Easy event in Grange Over Sands saw over 100 people from 70 households in attendance. The receptive and knowledgeable audience posed a raft of technical and testing questions to the installers Create Energy and Glow Solar who are two of five installation companies vetted by CAfS and working with us on the Solar Made Easy project. Many of the households have already progressed to obtaining quotes. The solar map commissioned by CAfS identifies over 4,500 rooves across the seven towns and villages on the Cartmel Peninsula that are suitable for solar panel installations, with the [...]

Fight for our Future: CAfS gets ready for annual Big Give appeal

By |2024-04-18T15:32:33+01:00March 28th, 2024|Homepage, News|

CAfS are gearing up for their "Fight for Our Future” appeal, to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on Cumbria’s young people and promote urgent action to protect their futures. CAfS aims to raise £20,000  to support this work, and between the 18th and 25th of April, any donations made will be doubled thanks to the Big Give’s Green Match Fund.  With the effects of climate change becoming more acutely felt, through extreme weather events, such as severe flooding, heatwaves and air pollution, recent studies have highlighted the disproportionate impact of climate change on young people. One [...]

Wishing you an ethical and sustainable Easter!

By |2024-03-28T13:52:52+00:00March 28th, 2024|Homepage, News|

It’s just 3 days until Easter and if you’re looking to celebrate sustainably you may be wondering about the footprint of your Easter egg and how you can do your bit for the climate.  Alongside issues such as child labour and workers’ rights, climate issues such as palm oil, excess packaging and whether to go vegan are all to be considered when making any chocolate purchase. Ethical Consumer have a useful guide to navigating your Easter egg choices here: Easter Eggs | Ethical Consumer  If you are in the habit of sending cards at Easter, why not check out our E-cards: [...]

Supporting Local Climate Action this Earth Day

By |2024-04-03T13:33:35+01:00March 21st, 2024|Homepage, News|

Over the last year, the UK has experienced drought, widespread flooding and frequent storms. This has been mirrored across the globe where extreme weather events are becoming the norm. Here in Cumbria, we are working hard to reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible, working with individuals, businesses and communities on everything from domestic and community energy to retrofit, green business support and sustainable agricultural practices.   Earth Day this year falls on Monday April 22nd - and we are talking to local schools, and youth groups, to encourage activities and conversations to raise awareness of climate action.  Earth [...]

Job: Energy Team Project Officer – Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria

By |2024-04-10T09:02:03+01:00March 7th, 2024|Vacancies - expired|

Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria is expanding its service to deliver more free home energy advice support across all districts of Cumbria. We are looking for a project officer with skills and experience of providing  excellent customer service and experience of working with a diverse range of  people and communities. You will be part of a passionate team, working cooperatively to provide home energy advice in clients' homes, but telephone and at events across Cumbria. You'll develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders including charities, local authorities and voluntary organisations. Key Responsibilities and Tasks Service delivery: energy advice by [...]

Job – Project Manager: Energy Team

By |2024-04-03T10:14:44+01:00March 6th, 2024|Vacancies - expired|

Our award winning Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service is expanding, and we are looking for an exceptional Project Manager to support the service to deliver even more home energy saving advice and support across Cumbria. This is a brilliant opportunity if you have experience of managing customer services including systems, processes and compliance. You will be part of a passionate team, leading the customer service and operational aspect of Cold to Cosy Homes and developing new project and contract requirements to meet service specifications and client demands. Key Responsibilities and Tasks Service delivery and development to include [...]

Inspiring Good Business Networking Event brings a feel-good vibe to decarbonisation!

By |2024-02-28T16:48:14+00:00February 28th, 2024|News|

Businesses across Westmorland & Furness are invited to an ‘Inspiring Good Business’ networking event on the 7th of March, in Kendal Town Hall Organised by Future Fixers CIC as part of the W&F Green Enterprise Hub, The event is aimed at making connections with local organisations who are looking to become more sustainable. It will provide an opportunity for informal networking as well as inspiration from an internationally acclaimed speaker, good music and local, low-carbon food and drink. The event is an evening with inspirational speaker, Mark Shayler. Mark Shayler is an innovation and environmental advisor and author of You [...]

Dream Placement students learn with Climate Fresk

By |2024-02-28T16:17:54+00:00February 28th, 2024|Homepage, News|

Last week we welcomed three students for the Centre for Leadership Performance's 'Dream Placement' work experience week.  The dream placement programme is designed to support our county's talented young people in gaining experience in industry and business, and to help them make informed choices about their future careers. We enjoyed taking part in the initial training, interview and selection process and were looking forward to welcoming the students into CAfS! Our three students, Samia, Sophie and Olivia, joined us at various points across the week. Activities ranged from project work with our partners at CDEC to tree planting, looking at [...]

A busy start to the year for our Energy Team!

By |2024-02-28T16:12:08+00:00February 28th, 2024|Homepage, News|

January proved to be a very busy month for the Energy team here at CAfS thanks to our Cold to Cosy Homes Project and the extension into retrofit advice. They made 117 home visits - which is equal to 176 hours of free energy advice to Cumbrian Households and have received 347 online referrals since the new year. They have also spent some time developing their skills and increasing their capacity, this has included workplace training with the Samaritans and their “conversations with vulnerable people” . We have also had two members of the team complete their retrofit qualification Level [...]

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