Sustainable Communities Initiative, NESTA Social Innovation Fund
The project proposes engaging with 50 rural community buildings across the North East of England. It is a pilot project using community buildings as a catalyst to tackle intractable problems in the rural community
- marginalised groups: aged, infirm, disabled, young, isolated
- fuel poverty especially in relation to community building use
- exploring community solutions to the lack of local public service delivery
All initial work will focus on the Community Building and seek to use energy efficiency measures as a catalyst to demonstrate revenue saving possibilities. This will produce a warmer and more comfortable hub facility in each community. We will then work with the building management and users to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency in a practical way: supporting local community building activities and delivering a range of local taster courses and relevant workshops. The aim being to widen the community building user circle, to make the circle aware of its need for inclusivity and as a hub for social justice.
Project Status in October 2013: In planning
For more information please contact: Ross Weddle, Chair, Sustainable Communities Initiative, 07758 800650