Union members turn workplaces green by dfsiopmhy6


									News from da21
Encouraging climate-friendly and sustainable communities in Dorset da21.org.uk
Winter 2011 Issue 38
                                                    Union members turn
Trade union members across
Dorset have been signing up in
their droves to a regional project
run by the South West TUC.
                                                    workplaces green
The Green Workplaces Project is a three-
year initiative that runs until next March and
has been supporting trade union members
and businesses to reduce the environmental
footprint of their workplace.

Project Worker Keith Hatch said: “At the
moment the talk is all of cuts, but we feel that
with support from the workforce employers
can cut carbon and save money rather than
cut jobs and destroy communities.”

“We have been working with a number
of employers across Dorset, ranging from
local authorities to art centres and printers
to prisons. The main thrust of the project is
recognising that the workforce has concerns
about the environment and has the practical
experience of working on the factory floor or
in the office, so they have a good idea what       Pictured are Wayne Walters, left, (PCS Green Rep and responsible for the AD system) and Frank Martin
can be done.”                                      (PCS Convener).
   “The main thrust of the project is              In Guys Marsh Prison reps have been                 working and running events for sectors as
  recognizing that the workforce has               running an Anaerobic Digester (AD) to               diverse as theatres and dockyards, and its
   concerns about the environment”                 deal with the kitchen waste produced by             team is more than happy to look at ways to
                                                   providing 7,000 meals a day, while                  support other sectors.
Union reps have a lot of influence to bring
                                                   Southern Print in Hamworthy has been
about change. Reps will ensure the workforce                                                           To book a place or find out more about the
                                                   looking at reducing water and energy
is on board with environmental issues at                                                               wider project and how it can help your
work, encourage employers to take action by                                                            workplace to become more sustainable,
putting green policies into practice and win       While aimed at union members, the project           contact South West TUC on 0117 947 0521,
workforce commitment to these and ensure           is happy to support all businesses through          www.greenworkplacessouthwest.org.uk or
that sustainable change is fairly arrived at.      events and courses. It has recently been            email khatch@tuc.org.uk

                                              Dorset, the ‘Big Society’ and spending cuts
                                              What will be the impact of the government’s Big Society and Comprehensive Spending Review on
                                              Voluntary and Community Groups in Dorset?
                                              Dorset Community Action organised an event to discuss the implications at Frampton Village Hall on
                                              16 November. It was attended by a hundred delegates from across the county, with representatives
                                              from more than fifty community-based organisations as well as local authorities and partnerships.
                                              Georgie Constable of the South West Forum gave a presentation examining the meaning of the
                                              phrase ‘Big Society’, followed by Sam Fox-Adams, Dorset County Council’s Partnerships and
                                              Communities Manager, looking at the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review in Dorset.
                                              Further details were explored through a lively panel discussion.
                                              Although those attending came away much better informed about the issues, it was realised that
                                              some questions could not be answered until the government releases more details about its plans.
                                              In recognition of this, Dorset Community Action offered to arrange a follow-up event in 2011, at
                                              which it is hoped further information will be available.
                                                                   Inside Local news Funding round-up Events calendar
                                                                                                       Take out an energy
                                                                                                       monitor from your
                                                                                                       People in Dorset can cut their home
                                                                                                       electricity bills by borrowing an
                                                                                                       energy monitor from their local library.

                                                                                                       Since October, eleven libraries are offer-
                                                                                                       ing the money-saving gadgets to library
                                                                                                       members to borrow for a week, just like a
                                                                                                       book. The monitors can be connected
                                                                                                       to your meter to accurately record how

DT11 Green Week
The DT11 Green Group is already making plans         Transition movement and a pavement art
                                                                                                       much electricity you are using at that
                                                                                                       moment. Residents can then start cut their
                                                                                                       bills and reduce impact on climate change
for Green Week 2011. Taking place in Blandford       event. At the 2010 Green Fair stallholders        by switching off appliances left on un-
and surrounding parishes, Green Week involves        included suppliers of renewable technologies      necessarily.
walks, talks, arts activities and other events to    and other green businesses, wildlife organisa-
promote sustainable living. It is planned to hold    tions, and local green and Transition groups.         ‘This can save up to £75 off a
Green Week from Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 July
                                                     It is hoped to make Green Week 2011 bigger                 £500 electricity bill’
2011. A green fair will take place on Friday 8
                                                     and better. Businesses, organisations
July at the Corn Exchange in Blandford, at the                                                         Using a monitor and changing energy-using
                                                     and individuals interested in running an
same time as the Farmers’ Market.                                                                      behaviour can typically save households
                                                     event or helping to support or develop the
                                                                                                       up to £75 off a £500 electricity bill.
Around 20 events took place during Green             programme should contact the co-ordinator
Week 2010. These included a family art event,        via Hannah Solloway at the DT11 office on         The scheme, launched at Bridport Library, is
wildlife, butterfly and wild food walks, a farm      01258 489998 or email office@dt11forum.           supported by Bridport Town Council and
open day, a garden clean-up, a talk from the         org.uk.                                           Transition Town Bridport. Five monitors
                                                                                                       are available at Blandford, Christchurch,
Dorset cyclists to join European network                                                               Dorchester, Ferndown, Gillingham,
Plans for an integrated sustainable                  in its cycle network and improve signage of       Highcliffe, Sherborne, Wareham, Wimborne
travel network spanning the English                  its existing routes, as well as completing a      and Weymouth.
Channel have been announced.                         new, largely traffic-free, cycle route between
                                                                                                       The Dorset County Council cabinet
                                                     Weymouth port and Dorchester. Routes will
Led by the Brittany Tourist Board, the                                                                 member for environment, Robert Gould,
                                                     take in outstanding attractions on both sides
CYCLE project brings together partners from                                                            said: “Libraries are at the heart of the
                                                     of the channel.
Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Brittany and Nor-                                                             community, offering much more than just
mandy with support by the European Union.            Taking your bike across the Channel will          books. The energy monitor project will
It is hoped that infrastructure improvements         be made easier. Cycling experiences on            help people looking to reduce their energy
and new cycle routes will turn the South West        offer are expected to range from safe, traffic-   consumption, whether to save money,
and northern France into leading cycle and           free cycling to more challenging rides along      shrink their carbon footprint, or both.”
eco-friendly tourist destinations.                   coastal routes.
                                                                                                       Anyone who lives, works or studies in
Some of the £7.5m budget will be used to link        Businesses and services along the highlighted     Dorset can join Dorset libraries free of
and improve existing routes by 2013. Dorset          routes will be involved to help them develop      charge. For more information go to www.
County Council will complete missing links           to meet the needs of the cycling market.          dorsetforyou.com/libraries.

Representatives from 16 community halls recently gathered at Frampton Village      Energy advice for
Hall to find out how to save energy and cut their fuel bills. The event, held on
30 November, was organised by da21’s GreenAssist project in partnership with
Dorset Community Action through its Village Halls Adviser Peter Orchard.
                                                                                       village halls
Celia Minoughan of the Energy Saving Trust explained how to assess the
amount of energy being used by heating and lighting in a village hall. Theresa
McManus of the Dorset Energy Advice Centre shared a wealth of ideas for
using energy more efficiently and reducing costs as well as carbon emissions.
Pete West, Dorset County Council’s Renewable Energy Development Officer,
looked at how community halls can harness renewable energy, especially the
potential benefits of solar panels for generating electricity and income through
the feed-in tariffs.
The da21 GreenAssist project is hoping to organise a further training event for
community halls with the Energy Savings Trust some time in 2011.
 News                                           New studios for rural
                                                                                               Site Allocations Document and subject to
                                                                                               further public consultation in the future.
    around Dorset                               craftspeople
                                                                                               To find out more go to www.dorsetforyou.
                                                                                               com/mcs or contact the Policy Team on
Rally against agrofuels at
                                                                                               01305 228585 or 228571 or email mwdf@
The national rally to highlight opposition
to the biofuel power station being built in
Portland went ahead as planned on Satur-                                                       Community energy resources
day 25 September. The rally was called to                                                      The Department of Energy and Climate
“stop the proposed new palm-oil burning                                                        Change (DECC), the Local Government
power station at Portland, to make a stand                                                     Group and community networks have
to stop a wave of agrofuel burning power                                                       launched a website for communities
stations that is sweeping the country and to                                                   wanting to generate their own energy.
demand an end to subsidies for agrofuel”.                                                      The site is also designed to help local
Coaches from London and Bristol as well        Craftspeople considering new studio space       authorities that are acting as initiators and
as people from across the UK travelled to      can contact Dorset Centre for Rural Skills      developers of community energy projects.
join hundreds of local campaigners in a        (DCRS) to pre-apply for one of three new        It includes a selection of case studies,
march from Chesil Beach Car Park, along        low-cost studios planned at the Centre for      frequently asked questions and sections
the seafront to the entrance to the site of    early 2011. The Centre is hoping to attract     on economics, finance and funding, and
the proposed plant at Portland Dock. The       a craftsperson working in a rural skill that    on regulations and legal issues. For more
rally was organised by No Oil Palm Energy      is in decline, a start-up business or a newly   information go to http://ceo.decc.gov.uk/
(NOPE), supported by Campaign Against          trained craftsperson, although anyone may
                                                                                               Another new guide aimed at all potential
Climate Change, Biofuelwatch                   apply. The studios will be a large 260 square
                                                                                               players in planning, developing and deliv-
and Food Not Fuel.                             feet to house practical businesses requiring
                                                                                               ering community energy is published by
                                               good space, tools or small machinery. The
                                                                                               the Combined Heat and Power Association
Marine planning conference                     studio rental will form part of an exciting
                                                                                               (CHPA), LDA Design and the Town and
The Dorset Coast Forum/C-Scope confer-         project called the Working Artisans Group.
                                                                                               Country Planning Association (TCPA).
                                               The project will provide some business
ence ‘Socio-economic aspects of coastal                                                        Rather than exploring specific technology
                                               support to include web pages, exhibition
and marine planning’ was held in No-                                                           options, the step-by-step guide focuses on
                                               and selling space. The project will encourage
vember 19 at the RLNI Lifeboat College                                                         the different stages of development to help
                                               collaborative working alongside the other
in Poole. The event included an update                                                         groups make sure that they fully exploit
                                               residential artisans to find ways to share
on the work of the Dorset Coast Forum,                                                         their project whatever technology they
                                               costs, jointly market work and provide a
presentations on the Wreck to Reef proj-                                                       select. Although suitable for all low and
                                               creative, supportive environment.
ect, logistics for the 2012 Olympic and                                                        zero carbon technologies, the guide empha-
Paralympic Sailing events and focused          Building is planned for early this year.        sises district heating and combined
in the later stages on the socio-economic      The deadline for pre-applications from          heat and power.
aspects of marine planning, looking at         potential resident craftspeople was in
                                                                                               For details go to www.lda-design.co.uk/
trade-offs in the marine environment.          November last year. If you would like more
                                               information please contact Nicky Mullen
For information visit www.dorsetforyou.                                                        revolution/.
                                               at DCRS, West Farm Barn, Farrington,
com/dcfmeetings or contact Matilda Bark
                                               Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8RA, telephone
on m.bark@dorsetcc.gov.uk.                                                                                       Planting Places
                                               01747 811099 or email nicky@dorsetrural-
                                                                                                                 awards open
Offshore Wind Park Exhibition                                                                                    Applications are open
Wind farm developers Eneco invited                                                                               for the fourth annual
                                               Local minerals strategy out for
members of the public to six public                                                                              Planting Places awards,
exhibitions at different venues in Dorset,                                                     celebrating outstanding local greenspace
                                               The Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during                                                         across the South West of England. The
                                               Draft Minerals Core Strategy was sent
the first two weeks of November.                                                               awards acknowledge the input of these
                                               out for consultation for an eight-week
Members of the public were able to                                                             spaces in supporting healthy, sustainable
                                               period that ended on 17 December last year.
view information and speak with a                                                              communities and the people who work to
                                               The Minerals Core Strategy (MCS) will set
                                                                                               make them special. Any public greenspace
member of the development team                 out the vision, objectives and policies for
                                                                                               in the South West of England can
about the ‘West of Wight’ proposal             extracting minerals, balancing the need to
                                                                                               be nominated.
for the offshore wind park, located off        meet national, regional and local require-
the Dorset and Hampshire coasts and            ments with important social, environmental      To nominate a greenspace go to www.
to the west of the Isle of Wight. More         and economic considerations. The Minerals       sustainabilitysouthwest.org.uk/projects/
information can be found at www.               Core Strategy will not identify specific        planting_places/planting_places_awards/
enecowindoffshore.co.uk/news-detail.           sites for future mineral extraction – these     information. Applications will close on 29
aspx?newsID=224.                               will be contained within the Minerals           January 2011.
                                              Grassroots Grants
                                              Grassroots Grants is a three-year              da21 staff
                                                                                               and contacts
                                              programme funded by the Office of
                                              the Third Sector and administered                             Susan Anders
Esmée Fairbairn Small
                                              locally by the Community Foundation                        Sustainability Officer
Grant Programme                                                                                          susan@da21.org.uk
                                              of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. It
There are small grants available up to
                                              aims to support small voluntary and
£1,000 through this programme, although                                                                     Paul McIntosh
                                              community groups and organisations
most tend to be between £200 and                                                                         Sustainability Officer
                                              that work to benefit local people. Grants                   paul@da21.org.uk
£600. These grants are to support small
                                              of £250 to £5,000 are available.
community groups working with those
                                              Funding is available until March                             Andrew Barker
most in needs in communities and with an                                                                      Trustee
                                              2011. To apply go to www.cdf.org.
annual expenditure of less than £15,000.                                                                andrew@da21.org.uk
Please note we do not normally fund IT
equipment, building or refurbishment          CapacityBuilders Volunteer                                  Simon Thompson
work, or Community Interest Companies         Management Programme                                  Manager, GreenAssist Project
through this funding or contribute to a       CapacityBuilders provides bursaries                        simon.thompson@
larger appeals for funding. We do however     up to £1,950 to support volunteer
fund both new groups and existing groups.     management skills development.                             Perwina Whitmore
                                              For more information go to www.                             Chair of Trustees
Empowering Networks Fund
                                              capacitybuilders.org.uk/vmpskills.                        perwina@da21.org.uk
We also have small grants up to £1,000
available for networks that enable            NI 7 Grant funding                                            Daniel McCabe
people to have a greater voice and            Funding is still available to make your                 Editing, layout and design
say in communities. This has been             group more effective. Independent                       newsletter@da21.org.uk
funded via the Regional Empowerment           voluntary organisations and
Partnership. The network must be led by       community groups based in Dorset                    Get involved locally via the Dorset
a voluntary or community organisation.        can apply for up to £1,000 to develop                 Sustainable Events Calender!
Basic Services in Rural                       fundraising or trading ideas, write tenders,        Visit www.da21.org.uk/events.html
Areas Programme                               update their business plans, or carry out
                                              similar activities. The money can be                                     From January da21
This programme provides grants to
                                              used to pay for outside consultants, extra
                                                                                                                        has been working
support projects from community and
                                                                                                                       much more closely
social enterprises for the improved           hours for existing staff or for volunteer
                                                                                             with Dorset Community Action, with staff from
delivery of, and access to, basic services.   expenses. For details and an application
                                                                                             both organisations developing new projects,
Details can be found at www.sw-               form contact Rachelle Smith on                     team working and sharing information.
ruralgateway.info/getting_support/            01305 216411 or email her at                    We hope to tell you more about this in our
basic_services_in_rural_areas.aspx.           rachelle.smith@dorsetcommuntyaction.               next issue. For further information visit
                                              org.uk.                                                       www.da21.org.uk
New employment advice line
Dorchester and District Citizens Advice       Green Communities                               Contact us by email: office@da21.org.uk
Bureau is now offering free HR advice to      Green Communities is an initiative              or by telephone 01305 213721 or post to:
members of Dorset Community Action who        from the Energy Saving Trust to support,        da21, PO Box 5789, Dorchester DT2 8ZR
have under 10 employees. They are able to     facilitate and promote community-
give advice on such matters as contracts,     based energy projects. Members
training, discrimination and disciplinary     are able to submit an online Project
processes. The service is available by        Database application. Membership
calling 01305 264799 or emailing advice@      is free, so to get started you can join
dorchester.cabnet.org.uk. Telephone           at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
lines are open between 10am and 3pm.          cafe/Green-Communities/About-us/                       Registered Charity No. 1102528
Dorset Sustainable
Development Fund                              The Landfill Communities
The Sustainable Development Fund              Fund (LCF)
(SDF) provides grants of up to £20,000        LCF funds community and environmental
to develop innovative and sustainable         projects, primarily within 10 miles of
projects involving local communities          landfill sites, to offset the negative
and young people in the Dorset Area of        impacts of living close to a site by
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).            allowing Landfill Operators to pay
                                                                                              Blackmore is proud to sponsor da21
To apply go to www.dorsetaonb.org.            landfill tax liability to a not-for-profit        This newsletter has been produced on 100%
uk/get-involved/we-can-help/78-               environmental organisation. See                    de-inked consumer waste paper using only
sustainable-development-fund.html.            www.entrust.org.uk for details.                                 soya-based inks
Event calendar                                                                                                                        Community
and directory of Dorset                                                                                                                               contacts
communities in action                                                                                                               Bridport Renewable Energy Group

January to March 2011
                                                                                                                                    Contact Richard Toft, Spokesperson
                                                                                                                                    Dorset Cohousing Group (DORSCOH)
                                                                                                                                    Contact Derek Fawell info@dorscoh.org.uk
Green Lunch Transition Town Weymouth and Portland                 2011 South West Climate Change
14 January, 12pm to 4pm, Teabush Cafe on the Esplanade,           Trade Fair                                                        Iwerne Valley Climate Change Forum
Weymouth DT4 8DG                                                  Thursday 24 February, Matford Centre, Exeter EX2 8FD              Contact Jonathon Ford 01747 812509
Green Lunches held on 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.          The only SW trade fair dedicated to offering advice and train-
                                                                  ing to farmers to meet the challenges of Climate Change.          Transiton Town Dorchester
Tatnam Organic Patch Workday                                                                                                        Contact Steve Atkins, Acting Chair
                                                                  From £120 + vat for a trade stand, free to farmer attendees.
Saturday 15 January 11am to 4pm (also held 6 and 19 Febru-                                                                          info@transitiontowndorchester.org
                                                                  Book early and receive a 15% discount on the stand hire.
ary, 6 and 19 March), Sherrin Close, Poole, behind St Mary’s
                                                                  For further information and to book, contact Sandra Samp-         www.transitiontowndorchester.org
Church, Wimborne Road
                                                                  son on 01823 355427 or email somerset@fwag.org.uk.
Contact Gary 01202 679517 or Andy 01202 389782 for                                                                                  Transition BH (Bournemouth BH area)
details or visit http://tatnampatch.org.uk                        Starting in Social Enterprise: A Practi-                          Contact Harriet Stewart-Jones
                                                                  cal Approach                                                      hello@transitionbh.org http://transitionbh.org
Transition Town Poole Meeting
                                                                  Thursday 10 March, 9am to 1pm, Stroud – details tbc
Wednesday 19 January 7.30pm to 10pm
Transition Town Poole regular meeting.
                                                                  Free workshop suitable for newly started social enterprises,      Transiton Town Bridport
                                                                  voluntary organisations and charities wishing to consider         Contact David Rickard
Monkton Organic Gardening Group                                   developing a social enterprise, and social enterprises in their   daverickard@phonecoop.coop
Thursday 20 January, 10am to 1pm (and every Thursday)             first year of trading. To find out more visit www.businesslink.
Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth                                     gov.uk/southwest or telephone 0845 600 9966.
Everybody welcome, all levels of experience. Join us in our
                                                                  Gardening/Work Weekend Threshold Centre                           Transition Town Poole
Victorian walled kitchen garden to share skills and enjoy the                                                                       Contact Andy Hadley hadleyac@ntlworld.com
                                                                  18 to 20 March, all day, Threshold Centre, Cole Street Farm,
benefits of fresh produce to take home. Phone 01297 560342
or visit www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk.                                                                                                Transition Town Shaftesbury
                                                                  We offer bed and board in exchange for your help and it’s
                                                                  not all work! Arrive in time for Friday supper if you can,
                                                                                                                                    Contact Robin Walter
Permaculture Design Monkton Wyld Court
22 January to 6 February                                          otherwise early on the Saturday. Go to www.thresholdcentre.       mail@transitiontownshaftesbury.org.uk
Details at www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk or telephone                org.uk/ for further information.                                  Transition Town Sherborne
01297 560342.
                                                                  Permaculture Introductory Course                                  Contact Luke Metcalf, Co-ordinator
Seed Swap and Celebration Transition Town                         25 to 27 March, Threshold Centre, Cole Street Farm,               realresilience@googlemail.com
Christchurch                                                      Gillingham                                                        http://groups.google.co.uk/group/ttsherborne/
Thursday 27 January, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Baptist Church,            Led by Linda Philip and Stephen Nutt. Permaculture is an
Bargates, Christchurch                                            innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living.     Transition Town Sturminster
Come and swap your seeds so that produce can grow                 Go to www.thresholdcentre.org.uk for further information.         Contact Sarah Williams 01258 471456
throughout this year. Let’s celebrate all that we have achieved                                                                     sarah@sturquest.org.uk
                                                                  Dorset Community Action training
over the past year and plant seeds for the future. A free                                                                           www.wrenfranklin.co.uk/page3.html
event, refreshments available.
                                                                  To obtain course information,
                                                                                                                                    Transition Thorncombe
Green Drinks Transition Town                                      course fees and booking go to
Dorchester                                                        www.dorsetcommunityaction.                                        Contact Micheal Graves
Tuesday 1 February (also 1 March), Tom Brown’s Public             org.uk and follow the ‘Training and Events’ links. For further    thorncombetransitionvillage@googlemail.com
House, 47 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HU                    information email fred.wild@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk
                                                                                                                                    Transition Town Wimborne
Meet like-minded local people at this free, informal social       or phone 01305 216407.
                                                                                                                                    Contact Amanda Brown amanda@da21.org.uk
gathering for anyone interested in ‘green’ issues. Details at
http://transitiontowndorchester.org/local_projects.html             Chairing Meetings Effectively Tuesday 18 January,
                                                                  10am to 12pm, Portland
                                                                                                                                    Weymouth and Portland Transition Towns
Open Lunch Threshold Centre                                                                                                         Contact Jon Orrell, Chair jorrell@doctors.net.uk
                                                                    Communications for Fundraisers Wednesday 19 January,
Sunday 6 February, 12:30pm to 3pm, Threshold Centre, Cole         1.15pm to 4.30pm, Dorchester – also Shaftesbury (26 January),     www.transitiontown-news.org
Street Farm, Gillingham                                           Sturminster Newton (1 February), Beaminster (7 February),
An informal gathering taking place on the first Sunday of                                                                           Turn Lyme Green
                                                                  Verwood (14 February) and Christchurch (23 March)
each month providing a chance to look round and meet the                                                                            Contact Mark Silverdale
                                                                    Risk and Liability Wednesday 26 January, 2pm to 4pm,            mark@silverdale.entadsl.com
residents. Please let us know if you would like to come (bring
                                                                  Sturminster Newton
vegetarian food to share) on 01747 821929.                                                                                          http://turnlymegreen.wordpress.com
                                                                    Advancing Equality Thursday 10 February, 1.30pm to
Monkton Movies Night                                              4.30pm, Wimborne                                                  PEAT (Transition Purbeck)
Tuesday 15 February 7.30pm to 9.30pm (also 15 March),               Consultation: Involving People Tuesday 15 February,             Contact Brett Spiller peatda21@googlemail.com
Monkton Wyld Court, Charminster                                   9.30am to 12.30pm, Blandford                                      www.peat-da21.org
A monthly film club focused on the broad theme of ‘people
and the land’. Movies chosen by the group are followed by a         Setting up an IT network for a Small Charity Wednesday
friendly discussion over tea and snacks. Donations requested      16 February 2.30pm to 4.30pm (also 16 March), Dorchester
but nobody turned away. Visit www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk            Running a Community Group Thursday 17 February,
or phone 01297 560342 for details.                                2pm to 4pm, Lyme Regis (also Bere Regis on 23 March)
Cohousing Workshop Threshold Centre                                 Organising community events Tuesday 1 March,
18 to 20 February, Threshold Centre, Cole Street Farm,            9.30am to 1pm, Maiden Newton
Gillingham                                                          Funding contracts, supply contracts and asset
Residential courses run from Friday evening to Sunday             transfer
afternoon providing an opportunity for individuals or groups to   Friday 11 March, 10am to 2pm, Dorchester
experience life in a cohousing community for a weekend, at
                                                                    Basic finances for charities and voluntary organisations
the same time learning how to go about setting up a project.
                                                                  Thursday 3 March, 2pm to 4pm, Bridport
Book early: £140 for course, lunches, snacks and evening                                                                            This is not an exhaustive list (far
meals. B&B is £25/£35 per night, depending on location.             How to influence decision-makers in Dorset                      from it!). More groups are listed
More details at www.thresholdcentre.org.uk.                       Tuesday 8 March, 1pm to 4pm, Blandford
                                                                                                                                    on our directory of Sustainability
 More events to view online at www.da21.org.uk/events.html                                                                          Organisations in Dorset.

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