Both Fownhope and Marden held a face to face launch for The Great Collaboration portal this month and the heartfelt response from residents has ignited a real sense of community pride.
In Fownhope the event coincided with the annual Volunteer Thank You afternoon which was celebrated with plenty of tea and cake! Between 100 and 150 people came along to enjoy the day and learn more about The Great Collaboration portal as well as hearing from a number of local groups who talked about their own environmental actions and shared their specialised knowledge.
Marden’s event took place at the local church and it was a part of the September Spectacular- they were certainly blessed with a warm and sunny September day. There was a gazebo with a series of information boards set off with beautiful bunting made by Lesley Haywood.
Both events handed out information slips to interested members of the public and dedicated councillors and environment group members were there giving presentations and answering questions.
The Great Collaboration is an innovative online portal which offers 64 different actions that individuals, households or businesses can take to reduce their carbon footprint. The added bonus of the portal is that it provides anonymised data to the Parish Council that will help identify actions to support communities. This might be anything from setting up events and finding a speaker to talk about a particular project, or setting up a car club or a local lift sharing enterprise, to perhaps a local farmers’ market or produce swap, or setting up a repair café, installing electric car charging points, providing support to change energy tariffs or giving general home energy advice.
Anyone can begin using The Great Collaboration portal- to have a look, Click Here and sign up today!