Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset is working in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to help people adapt to the local effects of climate change and live more sustainably.
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CLS in Dorset Newsletter November 2015
Welcome to our November newsletter. If you have a news articles for our next edition, please e-mail to 
Square Meal Debate Update
Over 100 people attended the event. 
The main points arising included the need to lead and educate by example in all aspects of life and the community. In particular we need information and education for all consumers about the real price of food... 
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Dorset Community Energy to launch £350,000 share offer on 11 November 2015
The investment is used to finance solar panels on local schools and community buildings, with sites receiving free or low cost solar electricity. This share offer will be the last opportunity for qualifying taxpayers to receive an initial 30% tax rebate. Further information
Chance to win £50 voucher by
completing our short survey

Thank you to everyone who has completed our short survey so far.
Your views really matter, both to help us improve and also to help us look for more funding to continue our work.

All complete responses will have a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at the Charmouth Dragon food bus. 
Big Ideas Challenge
‘We all agreed that the material made available is wonderful, super helpful, easy to understand and a pleasure to read' Youth worker, Dorset.
BIG Ideas asks Dorset's 7-24 year olds to plan and implement an environmental project in their community. Join in now!
CLS 2015 Survey Report 
Thank you to the 542 people who completed our survey in January. One-third of you had heard of CLS, and of those that had, one-quarter had learned or changed something because of CLS. 40% felt they were more environmentally friendly than 12 months earlier and two-thirds would like to do more. More here 
Become an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor
Training Day- Thursday 19th November 
Eco-Schools England are looking for volunteer Green Flag Assessors in the South West.
Download further details and an application form.
FREE Draughtproofing Workshop- could you host?
We are going to run a draught proofing workshop on Sat 23rd January, ideally in Dorchester.  We are looking for a building – perhaps your home or village hall ideally with windows to draught proof.  Register your interest or tell us about your building here.
Good COP, Bad COP
Thursday 19 November, doors 7pm.
Join the conversation on climate change and international politics ahead of the UN Paris climate conference with Transition Town Bridport and panellists Kit Vaughan and Raja Jarrah.
Read more 
Help get the Local Food Takeaway Project running
Locally grown food will soon be on Bridport’s takeaway menu and it needs the community’s support! The Local Food Takeaway Project, an initiative launched by Stir To Action, is crowdfunding support for an ethically sourced and nutritious fast food alternative. Pledge your support now
November Top Tips
1.    Avoid – recycling is great but it still takes energy to turn it back into something else.  Reducing reusing and avoiding are much higher up the waste hierarchy!  So how about taking part in this year’s Buy Nothing Day – 27th November
2.     Fix your draughts – you lose 15% of your heat there. 
These videos can show you how or come along to a FREE draughtproofing workshop on 23rd January 2016, venue to be confirmed register your interest here
3.    Take a short shower- when you take a short shower instead of a long shower or a bath, you are saving, water, energy, money and time!  That’s a WIN WIN WIN WIN situation!
Dorset Community Action Conference & AGM
Working Together - the future of local government and Dorset’s voluntary sector.

Thursday morning, 10th December 2015 at Kingston Maurward College

DCA want to do something a little different for the DCA AGM this year.  With so many current changes in central government policy and the public sector that will have profound implications for us all, DCA want to use this year’s AGM as an opportunity to get together to agree how we can work more closely as a voluntary, community, and social enterprise network during these challenging times.  The focus will be on participation, though we intend to introduce the session with a key note speaker.

DCA view this as a critical time for the future of the VCSE sector for the next five years and beyond, so do hold the 10th December to join us to be part of that future…….

Look out for further details to be announced shortly.
Need Advice about Keeping Warm and Saving Money This Winter?
The Big Energy Saving Network is a project designed to help vulnerable people to get the right information and help to understand their options for saving money on energy bills.
The project will be delivered by Dorset Community Action across Dorset from October 2015 until early March 2016. More
Regular dates for your diary

Also view the Sustainable Dorset calendar of events

Prime Coppice 
Working Woodlanders Volunteer Groups. Check website for dates and times.

Transition Town Bridport Green Drinks
Third Thursday of month, 8pm
The Tiger, Barrack Street, Bridport

Transition Town Dorchester Green Drinks
First Thursday of month at 8pm,
Goldies, High East Street, Dorchester

Workdays at Railway Orchard
Usually on the first Saturday of the month 11am-3pm

Workdays at the Dorchester Community Farm 
Usually every second Saturday as well as the third and fourth Sunday in the month, 10am-3pm
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