June newsletter

d8529243-f05e-4814-aa82-a2c12667171cOur June newsletter is out with details for many exciting funding opportunities and news from the networks. If you enjoy reading it please also consider sharing it with a friend. Get in touch if you have something you would like to feature in next month’s newsletter on info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk. And wishing you all a happy summer!

The Home Heating Fund, helping to warm your home

The Home Heating Fund is a project which utilises government mandated grant funding to supply and install new oil and LPG boilers in domestic properties occupied by those at risk of fuel poverty across England, Wales and Scotland.

Since starting the project in 2016, the Home Heating Fund have supplied and installed boiler upgrades to over 70 homes completely free of charge. This not only reduces residents fuel bills up to 40%* but also reduces their carbon footprint.

To be eligible for a free boiler upgrade the claimant must:

  • Be in receipt of benefits including; Pension Guarantee Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Child and Working tax credit, or Universal credit- For Child tax credit, Work tax credit and Universal credit; eligibility will depend on claimant’s income 
  • Be either a home owner or a private tenant 
  • Possess an inefficient Oil or LPG boiler

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SCCAN trainings on Community Empowerment Act and Social Media

unconference1We are hosting two trainings in the near future to help those involved in community action in Scotland to understand and make use of the opportunities in the Community Empowerment Act, and to communicate to their audience and widen their membership through social media:

Getting our Act Together: free training on the Community Empowerment Act

Thu 22 June 2017, 13:30 – 16:30
Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC), Suite 305, Baltic Chambers Wellington Street, Glasgow, G2 6HJ
Free
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Telling Your Story with Social Media
Mon 26 June 2017, 11:00 – 14:30
St Bryce Kirk, Saint Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ET
£5-10
Book your place

We have some limited funds to contribute towards travel costs for both trainings. Please send an email to info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk with your expected costs by June 19th, and we will be able to tell you how much we can reimburse.

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Light Farming -Rewriting the Story of Soil

The Scottish Government’s recent draft Climate Change Plan places heavy reliance on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in order to meet future emission reduction targets. At the same time it assumes very limited emission reductions from the agricultural sector.

The position of Scottish Communities Climate Action Network is that reliance on speculative and unproven CCS technology is unwise at best and that our priority needs to be to wean ourselves off fossil fuel dependence as rapidly as possible.

And, whatever the prospects for the success and viability of large-scale CCS in future, there already exists the means to capture huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere at the same time as increasing resilience to climate change, securing clean water supplies, improving agricultural profitability and drastically improving the nutritional value of our food. Agriculture can be part of the solution, not part of the problem. What is not to like?

The answer lies in the soil. More specifically, it lies in understanding and nurturing the amazing microbial life of healthy soil through maximising photosynthesis and minimizing use of chemicals and tillage.

Visiting Scotland recently, renowned Australian soil ecologist Dr. Christine Jones gave a glimpse of the potential at an event organized by Nourish Scotland and the Scottish Food Coalition.

Dr-Christine-Jones

“Currently, many agricultural, horticultural, forestry and garden soils are a net carbon source. That is, these soils are losing more carbon than they are sequestering.

The potential for reversing the net movement of CO2 to the atmosphere through improved plant and soil management is immense. Indeed, managing vegetative cover in ways that enhance the capacity of soil to sequester and store large volumes of atmospheric carbon in a stable form offers a practical and almost immediate solution to some of the most challenging issues currently facing humankind.”

“Everyone benefits when soils are a net carbon sink. Through our food choices and farming and gardening practices we all have the opportunity to influence how soil is managed. Profitable agriculture, nutrient dense food, clean water and vibrant communities can be ours … if that is what we choose…For our futures and the futures of our children and grandchildren, why not begin today to rewrite the story of soil?”

For more information, see this article : JONES-‘LightFarming'(17May17)

May newsletter

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 00.37.30Our May newsletter is out with details for many exciting events, funding updates, and news from the networks. You can read it here. If you enjoy reading it please also consider sharing it with a friend. Get in touch if you have something you would like to feature in next month’s newsletter on info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk.