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Kindling makes changes to be more sustainable

Date: 
Sat, 05/01/2010
Sustaining Change Manual.

After carrying out MERCi's Sustaining Change audit and receiving support and advice from its team, Kindling has extensively revised its environmental policy into an updated and progressive sustainability policy.

The new policy is broader and more in depth than Kindling's previous policy, but more importantly dovetails with an action plan which sets future actions and targets.

Strong Roots Pilot

Date: 
Mon, 04/26/2010
Two participants completing an action plan as part of the Strong Roots workshop

As part of Growing Manchester, Kindling carried out a on Monday 26th April for a select group of community growing projects included Abundance Manchester and Manchester Drugs Service's Waterloo Project. Growing Manchester invited a small number of applicants to attend the pilot to provide feedback and suggestions to help refine and improve the workshop for its official launch on Wednesday 26th May.

Fuelling Manchester #2

Date: 
Thu, 05/13/2010
Charlie Baker's low carbon terrace house in Chorlton

The second Fuelling Manchester social took place on Thursday 13th May 2010 for those involved in community energy projects in the Manchester area. Individuals from Manchester Carbon Co-op, URBED, MERCi, Peak District Energy Co-op, Sustainable Change, Greater Manchester Tree Station and the Energy Savings Trust all attended the social at Odd Bar in the Northern Quarter.

Making Local Food Work for Manchester

Date: 
Wed, 05/05/2010
Kindling's Helen Woodcock on the MLFW discussion panel with Rob Squires.

Kindling's Helen Woodcock gave a ten-minute talk at the May 2010 Making Local Food Work Conference entitled: Making Local Food Work for Manchester, introducing the work of The Kindling Trust and explaining the purpose of projects like FeedingManchester.

Helen also joined a discussion panel answering questions from the audience, alongside Rob Squires of Groundwork's Target: Wellbeing and the ever passionate: Kath Dalmeny of Sustain.

Moss Side Carbon Co-op Launched

Date: 
Sat, 03/27/2010
Carbon Coop Manual (Moss Side Edition) written by the Kindling Trust

Saturday 27th March 2010 saw the Moss Side launch event of the Carbon Co-op, a new low-carbon social enterprise based in South Manchester. Founded by local residents, the Carbon Co-op aims to bring together friends, neighbours and communities in a bulk buying co-operative, purchasing low carbon technologies, from energy monitors to solar panels, at discount.

The new social enterprise aims to bring green jobs and help Manchester meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.

Growing Manchester Launched

Date: 
Mon, 03/29/2010
Growing Manchester publicity.

Growing Manchester is a new programme to support community growing projects in the city to become more sustainable in the long term and covers a wide range of issues such as maintaining soil fertility, your legal responsibilities, micro-trading and involving more people. The Programme offers a unique package of support including:

Forgotten Fields Secures Support

Date: 
Thu, 03/25/2010
Forgotten Fields session at a local allotment.

Kindling has secured Heritage Lottery support of around £40,000 to support its food heritage project: Forgotten Fields.

The project focuses on the heritage of food production and availability in Manchester from 1750’s to present day. It concentrates on six communities from across Greater Manchester that have expressed a need to explore a particular food heritage.

Starting With One Street

Date: 
Tue, 03/09/2010
Carbon Co-op Workshop Materials.

Kindling has been working with South Manchester Carbon Co-op in preparation to pilot this unique initiative on two streets in Rusholme, South Manchester. Our role has been to develop the carbon co-op manual - giving top energy-saving tips; money-saving offers on things like insulation, car sharing schemes, energy saving appliances; and examples of the amazing things that other communities have done to reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills.

What makes a successful community food growing project?

Date: 
Sat, 03/06/2010
Abundance Manchester's community garden in Withington.

Is it people who can plan ahead? Is it the sunny, well drained site? Is is the ongoing grant? Is it a sympathetic neighbourhood? Is it the local café who's willing to buy your surplus veg? Each project is unique; each has its strengths and challenges; each has to overcome different barriers; each has different aspirations and goals.

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