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 around 300 people make use of the Community Climate Action Network (CCAN). We offer:
 
  • Free monthly e-bulletins packed full of the latest local and national news on tackling climate change and energy issues. Subscribe here. Back issues can be read here.
  • A Twitter account: @CCANNetwork
  • We have run three annual Eco Home Open Week 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. More information on this service can be found below.
  • 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 traking action on climate change. Most recently we ran a conference in Chesterfield in March 2016. Keynote speakers included George Marshall of Climate Outreach and Emma Bridge of Community Energy England.
 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 ccan@mea.org.uk or call 07748 508704.
 
Examples of previous enquires can be seen in the two documents at the bottom of this page. NB: THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THESE ENQUIRIES MAY NOW BE OUT OF DATE. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE TOPICS COVERED: CCAN@MEA.ORG.UK
 
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 a wide range of advice, information and support:  help with recruiting members, advice on funding a community owned wind-turbine; information about composting, talks on energy efficiency; ideas for film screenings, and much more.
 
Remember, though; you are potentially doing something really quite pioneering. It might be that you are the first person or first group to tackle a specific challenge, or to implement a particular solution. You might have to make things up as you go along, and you could even find that you've become the expert!
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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