Light Returning…

The shortest day is here – and moving on again, into holidays. Hooray!

Wishing you all much love and happiness over the festive season – with friends, family and community.

And hoping that 2018 brings peace on earth, goodwill to all humanity, and a new awareness of our day-to-day choices in the way we live locally and globally: “the future of humanity and life on earth depends on it.”

(… with thanks to Sir David A!).

Workshops to help us Get Active!

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What does your community need, what does your group need, and what do you need in order to be active in your local community?

The Awards for All funded ‘Get Active’ Project provides a package of support for the work of HGN groups and members in towns and villages around Herefordshire.

In order to help us plan 5 or 6 half day workshops over the coming year, please follow the link below to a 2 minute survey, and fill in your thoughts about what would be most helpful to you & your community:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HCNCX3C

 

Thank you!

Volunteer in the New Year…

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust are currently recruiting volunteers to help them run their new Charity Shop in Ledbury. For more information and a role description, please contact:

Frances Weeks:01432 356872 / f.weeks@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Or click here to complete the Volunteering Enquiry form.

 

And if you are muling over more generally about volunteering in 2018 you might like to see what your local HGN group is up to. If you are not sure which groups are active near to you have a look at our Membership Links page, or email kate@hgnetwork.org.uk for more information.

 

Vital Support…

Can you help Keep Herefordshire Warm get the message out to people about the help available to people in the event of a power cut?  It’s particularly important for those relying on electricity for medical equipment and during this period of cold weather .

The Keep Herefordshire Warm energy advice line is open for calls today and the rest of this week – 0800 677 1432 .  We’re urging those who are fit and well to check in on neighbours who are not so fortunate if they can – particularly in areas hit by power cuts and within isolated rural communities.  Customers relying on power for electricity equipment or vulnerable in the event of a power cut can sign up to Western Power Distribution’s Priority Services Register through Keep Herefordshire Warm. Western Power Distribution (the electricity distributor) also operate a power cut helpline- 0800 6783 105. Those struggling to keep warm can also access free and impartial advice via the KHW helpline.

The Warm Homes Fund Re-opens

Round 2 of the Warm Homes Fund has opened for applications.

The Warm Homes Fund is a £150million fund funded by the National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS). The fund aims to help make households warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. Running over 3-years and providing capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel. This can include:

  • Condensing Gas
  • Oil and LPG boilers
  • Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Bio Mass Boilers; etc.

The Fund is open to bids from local authorities, housing associations and their partners and is split in to three categories focusing on urban, rural and health-related solutions.

Successful proposals will highlight:

  • The number of fuel poor households supported
  • Strategic fit with the Governments Fuel Poverty Strategy
  • Value for money
  • The benefit created i.e. energy efficiency increases and bill savings
  • Strength of delivery plans, project management and assurance of delivery.

The closing date for applications is the 9th February 2018.

Areas eligible should be either in the fuel poverty index, or in bottom 25% IMD – this would include the whole of South Wye ( and bits of North Hereford), most of Leominster and Tudorville in Ross.

 

Anyone with imagination who would like to do something with this – please do get in touch!

Agoras in our Midst

Click below for an interesting article from the Common Cause Foundation. Shared by Pete Linnell the blog explores the role of arts and cultural organisations in society, and the way arts and cultural settings promote positive values. Interesting to our work with communities and our increasing use of the arts in bridging the gap between self and other.

The agoras in our midst

Our HGN AGM

Thanks to all of you who joined an excellent gathering of HGN for our AGM on Monday. The meeting got through a record amount of business with great good humour.

Last year at this time HGN was on very unstable footing, however the past 12 months have seen the organisation grow into a much stronger position, and we are now happily developing a strategy for the year ahead. The full Chair’s Report for 2017 is available here in our documents library.

The meeting re-elected Gareth Williams (Chair), Kate Gathercole (Secretary), David Gillam (Treasurer), and elected Gordon Coppock as Vice Chair. There were also some changes in our Steering Group which is now Sarah Blenkinsop, Richard Urbanski, Liz Hughes and Temi Odurinde plus the officers named above. Huge thanks to all for either not stepping down or choosing to step up!

We agreed that our key network themes for 2018 will be:

  • Low Carbon – an issue that is always central to our work
  • Get Active! – a package of support for local groups funded by Awards for All
  • Local Food

The local food theme will be featured in our first HGN Gathering of 2018 on Wednesday 17th January. Transition Worcester will be joining us to inspire us with their successful ‘Food Rescue’ project, and Peter Norton of the Brightspace Foundation will update us on his work to develop a Food Poverty Alliance for the county.

Full minutes of the AGM will follow soon, along with a couple of survey documents inviting your opinions on activities such as themes for our Awards for All funded workshops for local groups.

… Watch this space! more to follow soon…

 

 

 

Big Green Drinks!

There is no HGN Gathering this month, but on the third Wednesday Herefordshire Green party are hosting a Big Green Drinks for everyone interested in the green agenda, whatever their political hue…

Join them on the 20th December at 7.30pm at De Koffie Pot for some festive conversations after a turbulent politics year…

Christmas Discussion Meeting at DKP

On Wednesday 13 December join a Christmas meeting at De Koffie Pot to discuss what sort of themes you would like to see covered in 2018’s ‘Politics, Ethics, and the Environment’ Discussion Evenings. 

De Koffie Pot are looking to develop their program of topics for research, presentation and discussion for 2018. Come and find out what they are planning and contribute your ideas for topics for the New Year – with Christmas cake and mulled wine!

HGN are developing a programme for the third Wednesday each month as part of this program, with issues ranging from local food security to sociocracy planned for 2018.

 

DKP Politics, Ethics & Environment Discussion Nights – Wednesdays at De Koffie Pot 7.00pm to 9.00pm and open till 11.00pm.

 

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