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Impact Arts is partnering with Thenue Housing Association on a New Carbon Reduction Initiative

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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.

Natalie McFadyen 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.”

The project is scheduled to start in May/June 2015. You can refer yourself. Or refer a young person.

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Contacts/Details

Urban Green Programme for 16-24 year olds – contact Nicola Wood, on 0141 575 3001, to get involved.

Steering 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.

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