Community Support

The Community Climate Action Network

This network offers a number of free services to climate-change focused community groups in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Currently more than 300 people make use of the Community Climate Action Network (CCAN).

We offer:

  • Free monthly newsletter

    Our free newsletter, arrives straight to your inbox every month, is packed full of the latest local and national news on tackling climate change and energy issues. We also promote local and national community climate events. Most of the items in this newsletter are contributed by our readers!

    You can subscribe and find a link to read back issues here

  • Twitter and Facebook 

    Our dedicated social media channels regulary promotes local climate change and energy events in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Come say hello!

    Twitter | @CCANNetwork               
    Facebook |

  • Carbon Literacy

    We have previously run, or been involved in, a number of community conferences and training events to support individuals and community groups in the area taking action on climate change. Most recently we ran a Carbon Literacy event in Belper in March 2020 and a virtual Carbon Literacy course for Transition Buxton and other community climate groups in the high peak area in June 2020. We may run these sessions again in the future. Look out for them in our newsletter, social media and/or events section on this website. 

  • Useful Organisations and Websites

    We’ve put together a list of organisations, groups and websites on the pages in this secton (See tabs on the left-hand side of this page) that you might find helpful when you’re setting up a low carbon community group, or getting your existing community group to ‘go green’. These organisations can offer help with recruiting members or advice on funding a community owned wind-turbine, and much more.

  • Eco Home Open Week

    We have run three annual events. Over the three events more than 600 people have visited a home or other building to be inspired by its eco features. We aren't currently planning any more of these events, but you are welcome to use the resources we have created over the years to support any local events you would like to organise.

  • An ‘Ask Me A Climate Question’ Service.

    The Ask Me a Climate Question Service is for community groups which are big on ideas, but short on time to research those ideas. 

    This free service allows community groups based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to ask Marches Energy Agency - a regional charity - to carry out a couple of hours of research on your behalf for free.

    Groups can send us an enquiry about a project they want to set up or a topic they want to learn more about. We will do the research and signpost them to resources, websites and courses as well as other community groups they might want to work with or learn from. No question is too easy or too hard and we aim to respond within 15 working days (but usually sooner). Email questions and enquiries to or using the contact form. 

    Examples of past queries can be found below (N.B:- some of the advice given may be out of date)

Examples of N&S enquiries - one.doc.pdf51.92 KB
Real Examples of 'Ask Me a Question' Enquiries and Answers - two.doc.pdf64.99 KB
PV on allotment site.doc.pdf26.23 KB
Community-owned Wind.pdf16.8 KB
Funding for Community-owned Buildings.doc.pdf26.43 KB
PV for Village Hall.doc.pdf27.79 KB
Neighbourhood Plans.pdf10.8 KB