Social solidarity…

by Blog

Now more than ever we are aware of the role we have in supporting each other and as Carbon Co-op we want to play our part in offering our resources, help and solidarity with members, supporters and the wider community. Please read this short piece and let us know how we can help. 

In response to advice from Public Health England we have now shut down the office and all staff are working remotely. But we know that as people spend more and more time in their homes issues around energy, heating and air quality become more evident than ever –  so we’re changing the support we offer as circumstances change. 

Unsurprisingly we are not running any physical events and are launching a free, weekly webinars series covering all aspects of home energy: from really basic support and advice on home ventilation and draft proofing to tackling more complex issues such as heating systems and wider energy system decarbonisation – hopefully there should be something for everyone

We have our AGM coming up in May and are planning for it to run entirely online – with as much involvement and engagement as possible. 

Where possible project work is continuing – funders have been extremely supportive – and we are relying on digital and video assisted modes of working and collaborating. We have taken the decision to pause all home visits and assessments for the next few weeks and will be reviewing this again at the end of April. To do them responsibly would require full PPE – which we believe should be prioritised for the NHS and other keyworkers right now. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

We want to hear from you! Co-operatives are all about mutual aid and support, so what can we do to help you, and to help you help each other? Is there knowledge and expertise that we have that we can share? Are there virtual platforms and tools we have that could help you share information? Is there something you’d like to share via a webinar or virtual workshop. 

Drop us an email or give us a call (0161 820 1273) and let us know.

Finally, in a time of great uncertainty we know two facts: that we will emerge from this at some stage and that when we do the urgency to tackle climate change will remain. We will be ready to do just that.