Changeworks has just released 26 new dates for 14 different training courses that can help communities and organisations become more sustainable.
They range from practical techniques such as Communicating Climate Change, to technical issues such as an Introduction to Hard to Treat Homes. Take a look at the Changeworks website for a full list of courses and dates.
Courses cost from £99 + VAT, but if you apply for support from Skills Development Scotland or the Low Carbon Skills Fund, you can get 50% refunded (see below). Please note that the deadline for both funds is 31 March 2011.
1. Flexible Training Opportunities funding from Skills Development Scotland
This funding gives organisations with under 150 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there’s no need to pay it back. SDS will refund 50% of the cost of up to 10 training courses with a maximum value of £500 per course. And it’s flexible, so 10 employees can do one course each, or one employee can do 10 courses, with any combination in between.
Click here to find out more. For advice on how to apply, call free on 0800 783 6000
2. Low Carbon Skills Fund from Asset Skills Scotland
The Low Carbon Skills Fund is available to any employer with fewer than 250 staff within Asset Skills’ footprint, which includes housing, property, facilities management, surveying and energy advice, to access a 50% refund against the cost of training in any aspect of low carbon technology/energy efficiency/microrenewables. Up to 25 training sessions can be funded per employer. The training must be complete by 30 June 2011 and applications must be received by 31 March.
For further information about the Low Carbon Skills Fund, click here. In order to apply for the 50% refund, please in the first instance contact Tim Pogson.
Unfortunately we have just heard that PEDAL’s bid for Climate Challenge Funding for the coming year was unsuccessful. The current funding ran from last April to the end of March this year, and despite this year’s projects meeting and exceeding targets we were not granted further funds for April 2011 – March 2012.
It is very disappointing news, as we were hoping to build on the successes of this year and develop several new projects, but we understand the competition for this round of CCF was very high.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed and taken part in our projects this year, and made them such a success.
PEDAL will of course continue on a voluntary basis, and aim to carry on developing local growing, reducing fossil fuel use, low carbon travel and working towards zero waste.
To work towards a sustainable Portobello we need as many people as possible to get involved, so please get in touch if you have ideas, time and energy to contribute.
Fruitful Skills for a Fruitful Scotland
Interested in setting up or running a community or school orchard?
Want to know more about caring for trees in an established orchard?
Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust is offering a free community orchards management course on Saturday 26th March, 10am — 4pm
Aimed at people already running or thinking about setting up a community orchard, for more details see ELGT’s website
The Bike Station is looking to recruit ten volunteer “bike route ambassadors” for a new social media project in Edinburgh. The ambassadors will help to promote a new map of Edinburgh’s extensive off-road cycle routes and walkways, many of which are based on old train lines that once ran through the city.
The Innertube Map is based on the classic London Tube Map, and aims to raise awareness of the city’s impressive network of routes. 30,000 copies of the map have just been printed, and the team behind the project recently received funding from The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to take the project to a whole new level.
The role of the ambassadors will be to cover different sections of the route near to where they live for both a group blog and an interactive online version of the map.
They’ll be trained to use multimedia 3G phones so that they can blog, tweet, and take geo-tagged photos, videos and audio recordings of what’s happening on and around the routes, and draw attention to problems like fly-tipping and litter where they occur.
You don’t have to be a cyclist to become one of the ambassadors — all sorts of people use the routes, for everything from walking their dogs to horse riding. But we are looking for people who are active and engaged local citizens, interested in the potential of the routes, and ideally interested in learning about social media.
You’ll also receive bike safety and maintenance training, and will help project partners Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust in important conservation work on some of the routes around the city.
If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador you can email email@example.com for more information about the role.
Greendykes Organic Allotments are holding a Planting Week between 4 – 11th March. To kick start things they are looking for volunteers to help plant 200 native trees on 4th March between 10am — 2pm.
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Bring spades or extra plants if you have them!
For further information please contact Brian Shields on 0131 6613504 (wk) or 0131 6605351 (hm) or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Energy Saving Scotland boiler scrappage scheme offers owner/occupiers up t0 £400 towards upgrading their inefficient boilers to new energy efficient ones. The scheme opens on Tuesday 1st Feb 12.30pm — no vouchers will be given or applications taken before this time. It will allow upgrades of old inefficient boilers to help you save money and energy. For more details see the EST website
Did you know around 30% of an average heating bill is just for hot water? That’s around £200 a year.
A few simple changes to the way you use your water and energy can help you to cut costs. Your local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre is offering a free home water and energy visit or an in-depth telephone advice call to householders to help them make savings in their home. To book a free home visit or advice call please contact the Water Efficiency Advisor at the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0131 539 4128.
The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre is funded by the Scottish Government. Itprovides free and impartial advice about how to stop wasting energy and water at home.
Learn to cultivate your own mushrooms, such as oyster mushrooms on logs (as well as other environments/ substrates). 19th February 10am-1pm at the portobello community center. The course will be led by mushroom expert Dr Neville Kilkenny. Please contact us for further details.
Please see here for more details
The Portobello Hotspot offers fast track surveys and installation for reduced price loft and cavity wall insulation. It is available to anyone in the Portobello area and is run by Energy Saving Scotland advice centre in partnership with PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town. A letter is going out at the end of August, in time for surveys and installation through September.
Loft and cavity wall insulation will be carried out by accredited installers McSence, a locally-based social enterprise company with over 20 years experience in installing insulation.
For a free no-obligation loft or cavity wall survey please call the Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre direct, on 0800 512 012.