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

16th October 2014

TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS

For bookings and info:
T: 0207 324 4775

100% of delegates thought the last course was either good/excellent

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.

This course will teach you the skills and knowledge needed to develop long-term engagement for civil society organisations, groups and individuals working on climate change and low-carbon living.

The Localism Act stresses the need for better community engagement: the question is how to make that engagement happen on these complex issues. While some groups are active on limiting and adapting to climate change, this poses unique challenges to the majority who may have other interests and priorities.

This course outlines why energy and climate change can be a particularly problematic issue for communities, how to overcome this and how this supports work on the Green Deal and climate change.

People attending this course will:

  • Learn the ways in which community engagement can deliver lasting change on climate and energy issues and how to make this happen.
  • Understand why community engagement on climate change can be problematic.
  • Be clear on the best ways to start a dialogue around climate change and saving energy.
  • Learn about ways to make effective links between work on fuel poverty and low carbon living.
  • Learn to lead a discussion on the positive aspects of low carbon living.
  • Learn to support and work with communities.
  • Be able to offer guidance to any community group on reducing their own foot print.
  • Receive guidance on how to develop an action plan.

Who should attend the training?

The course will benefit anyone working with or seeking to work with community organisations on behaviour change, projects or local action planning.

It is designed for climate and energy staff, community workers, organisers and activists. It covers approaches to work with both enthusiastic and less engaged communities. All participants will have time to work on developing their own actions plans for work after the course.

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 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 Bertil on:
Tel: 0207 324 4775


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Really good. Really engaging and thought provoking!
Ciara Aucoin
It was more than I expected and would definitely take part in this type of seminar again!
Claire Byrne
City Councillor for Pembroke-South Dock Green Party
Very useful in relation to making us think about the issues and the communication approaches required.
Liz McBain
British Council
Informative with new ideas and techniques to take forward
Evangeline Wood
West Berkshire & Wokingham Council
Address many of the issues and questions
Susie Phillips
Winchester Action on Climate Change