An invaluable course for anyone looking to develop community activities on climate change, energy-saving and environmental issues.

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The Melting Pot,
5 Rose Street,

For bookings and info:

Jonathan at Talk Action
T: 0207 324 4774

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Chris Church

Facilitated by:

Chris Church

Chris Church has worked in the voluntary sector and as a consultant for over 25 years. He is an experienced advisor on community and sustainable development issues, with a wide range of experience at international, national, and community level. He is an associate of the Community Development Foundation and a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission. Chris is chair of the UK Local Carbon Communities Network.

Chris has previously worked with the Community Sector Coalition, the National Trust, BTCV, Defra, Groundwork, the European Union TACIS programme, Surfers Against Sewage and many local councils. He is trained as a teacher and has been developing and running training programmes for 22 years.

An invaluable course for anyone looking to develop community activities on climate change, energy-saving and environmental issues.

The pressing issue of climate change demands active involvement from the public: but facilitating engagement on these complex issues can be challenging. Organisations and individuals need to consider energy and climate change issues when planning their work. This course outlines why energy and climate change can be a particularly difficult issue for communities, how to overcome this, and create long-term interest in limiting and adapting to climate change.

Participants attending this course will:

  • Understand how community engagement can deliver lasting change on climate and energy efficiency issues.

  • Appreciate the reasons communities may struggle to take action on climate change, like addressing climate change myths, and how to overcome these.

  • Develop an understanding of links between fuel poverty and low carbon living.

  • Clarify methods of communication on climate change and how to create a public outreach strategy to communicate climate change.

  • Learn to lead discussions and campaigns on the positive aspects of low carbon living.

  • Develop methods for designing and implementing an action plan on reducing your carbon footprint.

Who should attend the training?
The course will benefit anyone working with or seeking to work with community organisations on behavioural changes around energy and climate change, including organisers, community workers, and activists.

The course will address methods to include both enthusiastic and less engaged communities in campaigns to limit and adapt to climate change. All participants will be given the opportunity to develop their own actions plans and receive feedback from the group.

Course materials will be available to all participants.

£425: Corporates & Large businesses
£328: Large charities, Small businesses & Public sector
£180: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and self-funded Individuals

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact for further details.

Tailored courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.

For bookings and information please contact Jonathan on:

Tel: 0207 324 4774


Supported by

Environment Job
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Excellent for developing engagement methods and tools for proactive practice.
Alan Boyne
Dundee City Council
Useful course to get an overview of key issues and ideas.
Julian Holbrook
Scottish Climate Change Impact Partnership
Stimulating, informative and thought provoking
Barry Turner
East Lothian council (member for environment)