A bumper start to the New Year!
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
You might want to grab a cuppa... it's a packed newsletter this time with lots to tell you about.

There are contract opportunities, free seminars, help to get your energy bills down, and even a night out with Leo (sort of!).

Anyway, enough from me... you've a newsletter to read!    Jaki

The Great South Lakes Energy Extravaganza!
If you need a helping hand to cut your gas and electricity bills, our bumper programme of five energy events could be just the winter warmer you need.

From cosy events in villages to a whopper of an energy fair, drop in for tips to use less energy for heating and lighting, and how to pay less for the energy you do use.

Bring along some energy bills and we’ll do a quick check there and then to see if you could save money by moving to a different tariff for gas and electricity.
There’s even free tea and soup at some of the events!

The series kicks off next week in Greenodd (Tue) and Ulverston (Thu & Fri), so check now for dates you can make.

No need to book; just turn up. Kindly funded by South Lakeland District Council.
Free seminars on lime & damp in older buildings
Lee Richards, a specialist in using lime in traditional buildings, will lead a CAfS seminar in Alston
We all love our beautiful old stone buildings here in Cumbria, but if yours is damp and costing you a fortune to heat, book onto our free seminars this spring. 

You’ll hear from two experts about dealing with moisture and ventilation and the benefits of using lime – particularly for insulation.

Managing Water Damage, Damp, Condensation & Ventilation in Older Homes - Speaker: Roger Curtis, Historic Environment Scotland
16th March – Book now

Lime Render, Traditional Natural Insulation
Speaker: Lee Richards, expert in using lime in older buildings
28th April – Book now

These informal evenings (complete with wine and cheese) are at Alston Town Hall from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

They’re hosted by Alston Moor Townscape Heritage Scheme and run by CAfS, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We’d suggest early booking as last year’s were very popular!
Need volunteer experience for job or college applications?
Gain volunteer experience for job and college applications with Sustainable Future programme by CAfS
Take part in the FREE Sustainable Future programme with your club, team or a group of friends.

We’re offering up to ten free places for people aged 17 to 25 from Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden. 

Here’s what you’ll get:
  • Free weekend stay at the Blencathra Centre
  • Hands-on eco workshops
  • Event management experience
  • Written reference
This exciting programme, funded by the Hadfield Trust and Cumbria Community Foundation, will run during spring 2017. Applications must be in by the end of January. 
Book now! Before the Flood special screening
Join us for a very special screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary Before the Flood

Mon 13 Feb | 7.30pm | The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

The film will be followed by a Q&A discussion, including special guest Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats, and members of CAfS, South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC), the South Lakes Labour Party and the Kendal Green Party.

It captures the actor's three-year personal journey as he interviews people from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations. It brings out their impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

Tickets are £8.50 but CAfS has made 20 free tickets available to those with no income. These can only be booked at the box office and you'll need to show proof of benefits.
Contract opportunity for tradesperson/installer
Fitting a draught excluder strip on a door by CAfS
If you are a professional tradesperson who could install draught-proofing measures in homes around Cumbria, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re recruiting a list of installers to fit draught-proofing and other straightforward energy saving improvements as part of our Energy Saving at Home scheme, funded by the Ebico Trust and Global Action Plan.

The project aims to help people in Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland and Eden to improve energy efficiency in their homes, reducing their energy bills and making their homes more comfortable.

We expect to fit these measures in around 50 homes at this stage, but we hope to secure funding for even more homes in the future.

If you know someone who might be interested, please forward this on to them. We need to hear from anyone who’s interested by 20 January 2017. Email andrew@cafs.org.uk or respond to our invitation to tender (link below).
Tender for online tool maker
We need someone to build an interactive online tool for us, to help people make their homes more resilient to extreme weather.

If you or someone you know could fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you. 

We’re putting together the tender information at the minute, but get in touch now and we’ll put you on the list to receive it. The tool will need to be developed during spring and summer, in time for an autumn launch.  

Email emma@cafs.org.uk to express an interest.
CEC Killington hydro, the movie!
We promised to let you know how the official launch of the Killington hydro scheme went on 4 Jan. Better still, you can see for yourself!

You can be among the first to watch our short film about the celebrations.

There was a great sense of occasion as the Hon Tim Farron MP unveiled a plaque at the hydro plant room and declared this fantastic Community Energy Cumbria (CEC) scheme open. 

The deputy leader of South Lakeland District Council, Cllr Sue Sanderson, was also among the special guests. The council supported the hydro project and launch, along with other projects that CAfS has helped deliver in the area.

It was brilliant to have several of the local contractors there who’d worked on the hydro, along with representatives from the Canal & River Trust, who manage the reservoir, and the Lake District National Park Authority, who have a solar array on their roof that was installed by CEC.

The event featured on ITV Border News that evening and we hope the success of this scheme will inspire other communities to develop renewable energy projects.
Are you a member of a sustainability group?
A few years ago we set up a Sustainability Network for groups in Cumbria that are working on climate change. We're keen to make sure the network reaches as many groups as possible.

If you’re in a sustainability group and would like to receive network emails, please send your name, email address and the name of your group to hazel@cafs.org.uk.

The types of groups in the network include:
  • Transition
  • Community energy
  • Climate change
  • Environmental sustainability
We'd particularly like to hear from anyone who distributes information to their group’s members.
Workshop for those working with vulnerable people
If you're with a voluntary or community group that supports people at risk of fuel poverty, the Keeping Warm in Winter workshop could be helpful to you.

Tue 31 Jan | 1-5pm |  Eden Rural Foyer, Penrith | Includes l unch

The session, run by the NEA, will  introduce you to a new resource - the Community Action on Fuel Poverty website. It's packed with information and free resources to help you to support people who might struggle to keep their home warm affordably this winter.

The website can also help community groups to plan, develop and deliver their own fuel poverty activities, and there's a f ree prize draw to win £100 to deliver a fuel poverty activity or event.

CAfS will also be on hand to tell you about the services we can offer.
How Low Can You Go?
Trying to lower your carbon footprint for transport this year? How about using a shared car instead of having one of your own.

It could be easier than you think, with the Co-wheels car club. Similar to car hire, there are low-emission, pay-as-you drive (PAYD) cars available from Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle and Windermere stations, plus in Staveley village nr Kendal. 

Co-wheels is an award-winning social enterprise and the largest independently operated car club in the UK, with cars in over 70 other national locations. As well as potential cost savings over owning and running a car, Co-wheels cars offer 44% lower emissions than the average UK car, many using Hybrid technology.

Co-wheels are still offering a ‘locals’ membership deal of just £10 (normally £25), no normal £5 monthly charge, plus £5 of driving credit. When registering online, use the promo code CUMBRIADRIVE for this offer.
Bee Identification | 13 Jan |  URC Hall, Penrith | 7:30pm | £2.50 donation
Learn about crucial sustainability creatures! Illustrated talk by Julia Hoggard
Self-build Register Info Session | 30 Jan | Castle Street Centre, Kendal
Find out about the new register for self builders. Just turn up. 7-9pm
Before the Flood | 13 Feb | The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal | Book now!
Leo DiCaprio film screening with Q&A: Tim Farron MP, CAfS, SLACC & others
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
01768 210276 | jaki@cafs.org.uk