We are a sub-group of Sopwell Residents Association – growing environmental sustainability and community resilience on our patch.
Supporting each other to tread lightly, adapt and stay strong in the face of an uncertain future
Regular Events at the Cottonmill Centre
Find out about our latest news in our Sept 23 Community Network newsletter:
Sopwell eco-stars Community Network News June 23
- November Repair Fair 2023. Well done to all our fixers and all the people who brought things to save them from landfill!
- Babies and Children Preloved and Jumble Summer Sale. Lots of bargains were had and it helped keep items out of landfill. Thanks to all donors, buyers and great support from House of Colour Stylist Alex Shoobert, Reusable Nappies with The Cloth Bums CIC, Ethical and sustainable clothing brand Tommy & Lottie, and Period pants by WUKA.
- How to Save Energy and Cut Bills at Home. Thanks to David Reid of Sustainable St Albans, eco-renovator Judith Leary-Joyce and all the other contributors.
- How Local Communities are Tackling Climate Change – Kate spoke to the Soroptomist International St Albans and District Group on 23 January, looking at how we can build resilience. You can watch the presentation below and download Kate’s powerpoint here.
- 🍲 Learning sustainable cooking – cooking classes to explore plant-based meals/foraging/using seasonal and locally-grown fruit and vegetables. You can have a go at some easy recipes at home:
- 🔧 Repair fair – Sat 5th November 2022- with repairers on board: Bring your stuff to get fixed! Don’t throw it away! Electricals e.g., toasters, kettles, irons, radios…sewing projects…jewellery repairs. St Albans Bike Hub on standby for bike repair support
- 👒 Sustainable fashion – Clothing swaps, with perhaps also toys & books
- 📝 Information and awareness raising about climate and ecological issues through literature, talks, films
We aim to support local people to manage the uncertainties we are all facing because of global warming, ecological breakdown, and related disruptions around food, energy, and the general cost of living.
Image credit: Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash
What we plan to do
- Build community resilience and adaptation to an uncertain future
Educational/awareness work to increase awareness of climate and ecological issues and practical responses.
Up-skilling around food growing, repair, insulation, and working together
Support activities that help build community cohesion, networks, and support.
Support mental health and well-being for individuals of all ages.
Reduce isolation for minority groups, the vulnerable and the elderly.
- Grow environmental sustainability in Sopwell
Help and encourage people to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in everyday lives through food, energy, and consumer projects.
Help to increase the uptake and use of renewable energy in Sopwell – to reduce energy costs and build local resilience to energy supply disruptions.
Encourage residents to reduce waste – in food, water, energy and consumer items.
Encourage repair of consumer items: electrical; clothing; furniture to reduce wastage, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.
Engage the community to protect and restore the natural environment in Sopwell – to include in people’s gardens, and in public spaces.
We believe passionately in creating networks of support. Working together with others brings in creativity, resources, and increased likelihood of success.
We will work together with the following partners, with whom we have existing relationships.