Climate change - it's everyone's business, make it yours

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By Rob Proctor of Renew Wales at WCVA's Annual Conference 2013

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Climate change - it's everyone's business, make it yours

  1. 1. ‘People supporting people to take enterprising action against climate change’ 1
  2. 2. What we want to achieve? Support 200 community groups across Wales by developing the capacity and capability of these groups to take action on climate change. Renew Wales is supported through the Sustainable Steps programme delivered through the Big Fund and funded by money from dormant bank accounts. 2
  3. 3. How did the project come about? 3
  4. 4. Support a wide range of groups We can support any type of community groups: Tenants and Residents groups Women’s groups Rugby Club Social Enterprises Craft group Community Councils Youth Club Faith Groups BME Groups Mental Health Charities 4
  5. 5. We can support any type of climate change project? 5
  6. 6. Building Connections? 6
  7. 7. What support can we offer? 30 local co-ordinators will register groups, support them to complete an action plan and identify appropriate support. 7
  8. 8. What support can we offer? A pool of over 40 peer mentors who can provide mentoring, training and technical support to community groups. 8
  9. 9. What support can we offer? Web and Social Media resources to share information about funding, other community groups, other support and news and events. 9
  10. 10. What has Renew Wales achieved in Year 1? • 30 co-ordinators recruited from a diverse range of organisations throughout Wales • A pool of 50 Peer Mentors with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience • Over 100 community groups signed up to receive support from Renew Wales • About half of these have developed an action plan detailing what they want to achieve. • Over 30 of these have received or have identified support via peer mentors and other support organisations to take their projects forward. 10
  11. 11. What has Renew Wales achieved in Year 1? • A diverse range of groups receiving support from Renew Wales including: Sports Clubs Youth Groups Community Councils Faith Groups Community Transport Associations Schools Co-operatives Development Trusts Community Centres St John’s Ambulance Social Enterprises Scout Groups Local Action Groups BME groups 11
  12. 12. Some of the groups we’re working with. 12
  13. 13. What has Renew Wales achieved in Year 1? • A diverse variety of projects being given support from Renew Wales including: Energy Efficiency of Community Buildings Local Food Growing Community Renewable Energy Redistribution of Waste Food Sustainable Transport Solutions Renewable Heating in Rural Areas Awareness of Climate Change Sustainable Land Management 13
  14. 14. What next? • Renew Wales has just under 1 year left of it’s funding through the Sustainable Steps programme • During this time Renew Wales is aiming to engage with 200 groups and to provide support to 150 of these. • Renew Wales independent evaluators have produced the first interim report. A further interim report will be available in the New Year and a final report available before the end of the programme. • Renew Wales is looking and applying for funding to continue and develop the programme • Build on the success of Renew Wales to ensure the long term support of bottom up support for community action on climate change. 14
  15. 15. Your turn I want to ask each of you the following questions and we will go around the room getting the answers from everyone. • Introduce yourself • What organisation are you from? • What are the aims of your organisation? • What are the main challenges facing your organisation? • Do you have any ideas around tackling climate change that your organisation is interested in? • Have you delivered or are you delivering any projects around climate change? 15
  16. 16. Your turn Split into groups, in each group I want a mixture of people who have delivered climate change projects and people that haven’t. If we’ve identified themes we can try and split into groups or themes. 1) Those that are looking to develop a new climate change project share their ideas in more detail with the group and in particular identify some of the challenges and difficulties they face. 2) Those that have delivered climate change projects can then share what they have done and in particular how they overcame those barriers, who helped them, what they would do differently next time. 16
  17. 17. Summary • Hopefully this session has given you the chance to do a little Peer to Peer Mentoring with each other. • You now have lunch so you can continue any conversations there or speak to me. • This is what we are trying to promote through Renew Wales. Standing on the backs of Giants. • We don’t need to re-invent the wheel. 17
  18. 18. Robert Proctor Programme Director/Cyfarwyddwr Rhaglen 02920 190260 07805 924558 robertproctor@renewwales.org.uk www.renewwales.org.uk 1 8

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