The community led
initiative, Urban Green, is funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, and has three
strands all aimed at reducing carbon emissions: food, energy efficiency and
awareness raising. The project will take place in the Cranhill area in the East
End of Glasgow until March 2016.
Impact Arts will be
running two eighteen week programmes, working with fifteen unemployed young
people aged 16-24, that will teach them valuable growing skills. The young
people will be based at Crahill Development Trust, and will gain an Arts
Awards, through taking part, along with a host of new skills. In addition to
this, Impact Arts will offer community growing workshops for locals, health
cooking classes at Sugarolly Fountain Café, and will create a composting site
to reduced carbon emissions and landfill.
The Urban Green
programme will include creative workshops that will utilise a variety of
recycled materials and environmental art and music workshops in local schools
and with local community groups to engage people in climate change issues.
A specially appointed
Energy Efficiency Advisor will help local residents reduce their fuel use and
carbon emissions and encourage community environmental improvements such as
energy saving, recycling and local growing. Forty local people will also be
trained in energy awareness.
A steering group of
community organisations has been formed in Cranhill to oversee the Urban Green
project and to ensure its longer term sustainability.
White, Programme Manager at Impact Arts said:
“Impact Arts is
delighted to be leading on community engagement in the Urban Green project in
Cranhill. We’re looking to involve community members of all ages, from school
children up to get them excited about their role in reducing carbon emissions
and improving their local community.
“We’ve got an
exciting programme of workshops and events that we hope will empower the
community to make changes that will leave a lasting legacy for Cranhill.”
Green Programme for 16-24 year olds – contact Nicola Wood, on 0141 575 3001, to
Group: Impact Arts, Thenue Housing Association, Cranhill Area Association,
Cranhill Development Trust, Glasgow Housing Association, Cranhill Arts Project,
Cranhill Community Centre (Glasgow Life) and Scottish Veterans Housing.