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 use. 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 email@example.com 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 library 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@ Portland dorsetcc.gov.uk 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 news/new_guide_first_spark_in_energy_ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Planting Places 01747 811099 or email nicky@dorsetrural- awards open skills.co.uk. 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, consultation 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. Funding round-up 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org £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. email@example.com uk/web/guest/grassroots-grants. 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 dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com funded via the Regional Empowerment voluntary organisations and www.arranger-ranger.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Become-a-Member-or-Update-Profile. 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 email@example.com Dorset Cohousing Group (DORSCOH) Contact Derek Fawell firstname.lastname@example.org 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- email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday 20 January, 10am to 1pm (and every Thursday) first year of trading. To find out more visit www.businesslink. www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk 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 email@example.com 18 to 20 March, all day, Threshold Centre, Cole Street Farm, benefits of fresh produce to take home. Phone 01297 560342 Gillingham 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org Dorset Community Action training over the past year and plant seeds for the future. A free www.wrenfranklin.co.uk/page3.html courses 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 email@example.com House, 47 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HU information email firstname.lastname@example.org Transition Town Wimborne Meet like-minded local people at this free, informal social or phone 01305 216407. Contact Amanda Brown email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.