Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset has been 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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Final edition - May 2017

Welcome to the final edition of CLS' newsletter. Thank you for all your involvement and support over these past four years. We hope you will keep in touch with all things related to sustainability via
A £15m opportunity to support new firms and new livelihoods in Bridport
Bridport-based researchers have been working tirelessly with local ‘champions’ to explore the potential for more localisation of food, materials in construction and mental health support, and have made some interesting findings. This could be a £15m opportunity to support new firms and new livelihoods in food, construction and health & care sectors, while raising the wellbeing of Bridport's citizens and strengthening the local economy. Several current and potential local project initiatives were identified to help turn this shift into a reality. Read the report here
Contact Joanna Keats, Dorset Community Action advisor, for comments or to keep in touch with how the community-led economic development initiatives evolve.
How Can Bridport Feed Itself? A £27m opportunity to grow Bridport's Food Sector! 
There are about 300 food related business in the Bridport area turning over almost £100m per year. This sector provides 27% of the local jobs and most of the employers in the sector, 81%, are considered 'micro enterprises.'  If we could shift just 10% of what local residents spend online and in supermarkets to local producers and retailers, this would mean £2.7m more money circulating through the local economy, and some 50 new jobs in the Bridport area. And because of the local multiplier, this could mean another £1-2m in secondary and indirect spending in the local economy. This would mean more local buying power and more wealth staying in the community.To see the full How Can Bridport Feed Itself data report see here.
The UK construction industry is the nation's largest consumer of natural resources
One of the headline findings of Bridport's CED research process into Local Materials in Construction is that the UK Construction industry uses more than 400 million tonnes of material every year! We have an opportunity to shift that towards localised production - read the full report.         
If you have feedback on the report or to keep in touch with how the local materials in construction initiatives evolve in Bridport, contact Tim Crabtree
In Dorset, 1 in 6 people will have a mental health issue at any one time
…. and among children (5-16 years) the figure is 1 in 10. This shocking statistic is higher than the national where 1 in 4 people will experience a mental illness. This is one of the headline figures emerging from CED's Caring Bridport research process. Read the full report  
Sustainable Dorset launches a new website is the place to find out about sustainable activity from across the county. We send out a regular Newsletter which you can sign up for here and our website highlights many exciting sustainable initiatives taking place throughout Dorset. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest news and events. Please let us know if there is something you would like us to share or promote, we’d love to connect with you.
More Eco-Schools Step-Up!
CLS Eco-Schools are now helping other Dorset schools to be greener. A new programme of Eco-Schools support pairs aspiring Eco-Schools with ‘mentor’ Green Flag schools from the CLS programme. The aim is to facilitate sharing ideas and good practice, helping more teachers grow their skill and confidence to lead sustainability projects in school. More.
Farewell from CLS in Dorset!
The CLS in Dorset programme and its recent work on Community-led Economic Development is now finally ending. As the sole remaining CLS in Dorset team member, I’d like to say goodbye and a heartfelt THANK YOU for being part of this roller coaster ride. CLS’ many partners and community groups continue great work in sustainability – so stay connected to Sustainable Dorset, Dorset Community Energy, Transition Town Dorchester, Transition Town Bridport, Community Woodlands and Dorset County Council’s Community Energy Team, etc. DCA will continue to support the community and voluntary groups and social enterprise. Keep on building the sustainability revolution! Thank you, and all the best from Candida
STIR to Action publishes a community toolbox, including social finance

STIR to Action’s Community Toolbox features eight illustrated how-to guides including How to ….. Create a Local Economic Blueprint, Set up a Community Co-op, Make a Community Space Work, and Host a MapJam. "MapJams bring community members together in cities around the world to connect the dots and map grassroots sharing projects, co-operatives, community resources, and the commons.
Learning Reports and Case Studies from CLS around the country
As CLS nationally has drawn to a close there is a host of interesting materials on the Groundwork UK website - ranging from community energy, How to Grow a Meanwhile Garden, How to run effective Behaviour Change campaigns, and much more. 
Dorset's first Community-Supported Agriculture scheme needs your support! 
This exciting new project represents a significant development in local food and brings a model that is gaining popularity around the UK and the rest of Europe to Dorset for the first time. Southern Roots Organics run a market garden on 2 acres of land rented from Lower Hewood Farm. They are  offering 25 households within 10 miles of the farm the opportunity to buy a ‘share of the harvest’ for the 2017 growing season. Sign up to receive a box via
Office space for Land Workers Alliance?
The Land Workers Alliance is looking to rent an office space (a desk space, a shared office or a room) for at least a year. Contact
Powering Dorset Together
Thursday 29 June 2017, 18:00 – 20:30 Dorchester
An evening of inspiration about growing your own local energy project, and getting energy into neighbourhood plans. Free wine and nibbles and some inspiring speakers.
  • how to start your own community energy project
  • how Dorset Community Energy has led the way
  • getting ambitious energy policies into your neighbourhood plans
This event is the second in a series of Peer Power events for communities in Dorset to learn more about renewable energy and to establish a network of local energy champions.FREE for community groups and individuals interested in starting community energy projects. Booking is essential.
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