1. Who is this for?
  2. Customer Feedback
  3. Carbon Literacy Project
  4. What is the agenda?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Where is it?
  7. When is it?
  8. Book Daytime
  9. Book Evening
  10. Terms and conditions

Who is this for?

“Parish Clerks and councillors are responsible for ensuring that their Council create the right overall policies to be followed in respect of the Council’s activities and in particular to make effective decisions and to implement constructively all decisions.”

This course is for all Parish Clerks and councillors who would like to ensure that they make the right decisions on how to make their communities “fit for the future” when facing up to the challenges of climate change.

This workshop will enable clerks and councillors to ensure that they effectively deal with the issues concerning housing, transport, energy provision, countryside development, landfill and food production and consumption.

It deals with current legal aspects, the changes that need to be made, how to fund them and how to engage communities.

It also shows how to improve job opportunities, and people’s health and to reduce the cost of living by addressing the root causes of floods, fires, and fuel poverty, thereby improving local householders’ lives.

Parish and Town Councils are at the heart of towns and villages across the UK. They are brilliantly placed as community leaders to engage people in tackling climate change. This course will show you how to engage the community in reaching out to areas where you can influence rather than necessarily directly control.

Feedback from recent courses from learners

“I would like to thank you for an excellent two-day course. I really enjoyed it, and the course has inspired me enormously” – Parish Clerk.

“Thank you so much for a really useful and informative training session. I took a lot away from this.” – Chief Executive Officer of Parish Council.

“I enjoyed the recent training very much and found it useful going forwards.” – Climate Change Officer for Town Council

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it very interesting, thought-provoking and educational.” – Councillor of a rural parish council

Carbon Literacy Project

We developed and pioneered this brilliant course based on the Carbon Literacy Project’s (CLP) toolkit. They are passionate about developing action through education.

Core to this course is the brilliant idea that you pledge two actions – one on your own and one as part of a group – for when you get back to your day-to-day activity in your Parish or Town council. Thus you might pledge to make the purchase of energy based on a renewable supplier, if you have the authority to do that, as well as commit to planting trees in communal spaces as a group activity.

You don’t just get to listen and discuss; you have to put your ideas into practice!

After this one-day course, you will get a certificate if you successfully complete the CLP’s assessment.

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You can add this to your email signature as proof!
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What is the agenda?

Introduction to Parish and Town Council Toolkit

This workshop covers:

  1. Basic Science.  We will explain the science simply. We will show why climate change happens and how it affects your community. We will show why it requires a change to what we eat, how we travel, where we live and work, what we buy, and how we care for our countryside. Doing nothing is not an option. 

  2. Carbon Footprint.  We will show you how to calculate your personal footprint. We will also show how to find out the consumption and emission of Greenhouse Gases in your Parish using the Impact tool, and what the answers show for your Parish.

  3. Global/Local Action.  We will show you the plans and strategies in place globally, nationally and locally, and cover the targets you need to work towards in your parish. We will share ideas from other Parish and Town Councils on the actions you can take from installing LED street lamps to creating a Repair cafe and helping householders save up to 80 % of their energy bills.

  4. Create a plan and pledge action.  A vision without a plan is a hallucination! We will share with you a practical Climate Action plan, and then show how you can create pledges on an individual and group basis to support your Carbon Literacy certification.  You will be confident to engage your council and engage your community in a plan to take action on climate change

  5. Communicate.  Success comes from getting householders to make climate change their priority – which is difficult in this cost-of-living crisis.  We will describe how to engage the community through listening and developing solutions which appeal to the different types of personalities in every community. One size does not fit all. The CLP research includes the ideas from the Outreach organisation about how to tailor your message to your audience.

How much does it cost?

The cost for each learner is £ 120 which includes £ 10.00 payable to the Carbon Literacy Project for their assessment. We use those funds to help us develop education and awareness in our communities. We are a not-for-profit charity. We will also shortly be giving grants to those councils who take part in our courses and who want support in developing projects that encourage lifestyle change.

This cost includes the materials, handouts and teaching and facilitation. The value lies in accelerating your community’s response to the climate emergency.

We are happy to follow up with you after the course to help you implement the ideas at no extra cost.

If you wonder about the value of taking action, then take a look at the recent BBC TV programme “Shop Well for the Planet”. It was filmed in Shrewsbury, and showed how simple actions saved a family £ 1,000 per year and reduced their carbon footprint by 2 tonnes per year!

Householders need all the help they can get, and what is good for the planet is good for their pockets.

Click on the button below to see the video. You will need an iPlayer account (which you can sign up for) to watch it.

Where is it?

The course will be held virtually over Zoom.

While that may emit some Carbon Dioxide through the use of PCs, it is likely to be much less than hopping into cars and going to some central location! We can also deliver the course direct to councils locally if of interest.

When is it?

We are now running daytime courses and evening courses to provide flexibility for councillors and clerks.

Daytime Courses

The courses will run from 9.00 am to 13.00 hours over two days.

That gives you time to absorb the materials and prepare for the second day. You have an exercise to complete on finding out about your Carbon footprint in between.

The next dates are:

September 12,19 2023

November 7,14 2023

January 16,23 2024

Evening Courses

We are now introducing evening courses. These courses will run from 6.30 pm to 9 pm over three evenings. This allows you enough time to learn the material and prepare for the next session. There will be an exercise on how to measure your carbon footprint and share your results in the next session.

The next dates are:

Nov 29th, Dec 6th and 13th.

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Terms and Conditions

The booking is subject to our standard Terms and Conditions concerning payment of a deposit, payment in full and cancellation within 30 days before the course date. Please review these terms and conditions by clicking on the following button: