Progressive Communications Network Press Training

The Progressive Communications Network is a programme run by NEON’s Comms Hub to support press officers working in groups and organisations that campaign about progressive and diverse issues.

They offer basic press training aimed at press officers from grassroots organisations who want to learn basic skills needed to get media coverage for their cause or campaign. Depending on how much you/your organisation can afford, cost range from £0 to £150.

The next workshop will be delivered online on Thursday 17th September, from 9am to 4pm. Deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 27th August.

For more information and/or to apply:   

Onshore Wind Development Support

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has developed a step-by-step guide to help community groups identify suitable areas for onshore wind development in their Neighbourhood Plan. Includes guidance on 'constraints mapping', suggestions for approaching community involvement and a recommended template for a wind policy.

Fantastic Homes Exhibition 

Fantastic Home exhibition is a mobile energy efficiency exhibition – a “house on wheels” – which aims to engage visitors in energy topics (e.g. efficiency, generation, fuel poverty, climate change) in a fun, interactive and engaging way. 

The Fantastic Home is owned and operated by Marches Energy Agency, an independent charity supporting communities in the Midlands. 

Subject to COVID- 19 restrictions, it is available for hire for community groups and local Authorities.  Previously, they have visited concerts, fairs, city/town/village centres, schools and offices.  Please send booking enquires to

Meanwhile, you can watch a virtual tour of the van: 

Local News In brief (August 2020):

  • Dr Bike provides free bike adjustments and repairs on the first Saturday of the month at Queen's Park north car park. Slots can be booked here 
  • 9 Innovative agri-tech projects in the UK will benefit from a £24 million government investment. This includes a Nottingham – based project which recycles carbon dioxide into sustainable animal feed:
  • Hope Valley Climate Action (HVCA) carried out a 'Bike Bus' demonstration - starting from Grindleford and ending at Hope Valley College:
  • On Saturday 25th July, over 60 cyclist took part in XR Nottingham's bike-friendly action despite heavy rain:

Sustainable Hayfield Awarded Government Grant for a Renewable Energy Generation Feasibility Study

Sustainable Hayfield has been awarded grant funding by the Rural Communities Energy Fund (via its regional arm - the Midlands Energy Hub) to undertake a feasibility study into the scope for renewable energy generation in Hayfield parish.

The money will be used to pay for consultants to see if there is potential for generating renewable energy, particularly a local solar farm, in Hayfield. They will consider factors such as local planning regulations, landscape, climate, and visual impact. This study is expected to take approximately 12 weeks to complete and consultants have started work already.

The group is encouraged that the government is supporting projects like this, boosting efforts to enhance community control over electricity generation and move towards net zero carbon emissions.

For more information, please contact