Hope Valley Climate Action Produces Action Plans

Hope Valley Climate Action (HVCA) recently formed 10 working groups to look at different areas where we need to take action to tackle the climate crisis. Several of these have now produced six month action plans. Take a look here.

Free Paint in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Charities and community groups in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and surrounding counties can access free paint for their projects from Community RePaint Nottinghamshire. The scheme is run by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with their waste contractors Veolia and operates from four of the county’s recycling centres. Surplus paint donated to the scheme is checked before being stored in containers on site. All community groups need to do is book a timeslot online and then turn up at their chosen site to collect as many tins as they want and get painting. There is usually a good range of emulsion, eggshell, gloss and fence paint available but colours cannot be guaranteed.

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New Community Group in Whaley Bridge

Acclimatise Whaley has been set up with the aim of working together for a sustainable, fairer town; addressing economic challenges and the growing environmental threats of declining biodiversity and the climate emergency.

Job Opportunity: DE-Carbonise Project Officer for Derby

Derby City Council is recruiting an Officer for its DE-Carbonise project. DE-Carbonise is a comprehensive low carbon support and grants programme for small and medium sized businesses across Derby and Derbyshire.

The project will enable businesses to:

1. reduce their carbon emissions by making their sites and activities more efficient;
2. improve their competitiveness by reducing their energy and resource costs;
3. attract new customers through networking events and activities;
4. develop and prototype new low carbon products;
5. improve their own green credentials enabling them to access low-carbon supply chains.

DE-Carbonise will reduce the carbon emissions of business activities, products and processes by providing carbon reduction audits and grants (up to GBP 20,000), alongside access to state-of-the-art equipment and cutting edge technical expertise to foster improvement and innovation. It is a three year partnership project between Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and the University of Derby and follows on from the successful Derby and Derbyshire Energy Efficiency (D2EE) project.

The Council is looking to recruit a new Project Officer, to join the existing professional and highly motivated team, to coordinate and deliver this exciting new project which is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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Empowering Our Communities Fund Open to Applications in High Peak & Derbyshire Dales

Electricity North West are offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects covering energy issues, supporting vulnerable customers and reducing fuel poverty. Applications will be accepted from organisations in the area in which ENW operates, which includes High Peak and some of the Derbyshire Dales area.