In Our Nature is a partnership programme funded by The National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund with match funding from The Wates Family Enterprise Trust.  The programme supports climate action across six broad themes: food, energy, green and blue spaces, homes and buildings, the things we buy and throw away and transport.   Manchester Climate Change Agency’s Ellie Sherlock tells us more about their work…

Working with communities across Manchester the team at In Our Nature are helping to connect the climate crisis to practical actions we can all take to make a difference, reduce our carbon emissions, save money, and learn something new too. 

There are so many ways that we’ve been working with and supporting Manchester’s communities over the past few months to help them make a real difference. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s been happening recently:

  • We supported FungAll to deliver mushroom growing workshops.
  • We helped to deliver a series of sewing workshops in Cheetham Hill alongside the Wai Yin Centre and Stitched Up.
  • Local residents celebrated the opening of a new bike shelter at St Margarets Community Centre in Chorlton, made possible with support from In Our Nature.
  • We teamed up with gwafuvegan to share plant-based West African dishes with young people and their families in Gorton.
  • We’re working with residents to improve green spaces for food growing and composting in Harpurhey, Gorton and Abbey Hey.
  • We helped Manchester Bike Kitchen to setup their bike hub in Wythenshawe.
  • We provided The Den in Chorlton Park with a community fridge in their café and are supporting them to create a new compost system in their community garden to reduce food waste.
  • We supported Flavours from Manchester to begin their group outings with people in north Manchester to help them become more confident using public transport.
  • The Carlton Club in Whalley Range celebrated their new low-carbon ventilation system, made possible with our support.
  • We’re working with residents in Whalley Range to help them to garden in their alleyways.
  • With our support, the Walking Mum’s Club began their walk and talk sessions, discussing climate action.
  • Community growing sessions began at Crumpsall and Cheetham Hill Allotments following our work to make the space more accessible.
  • We supported Future Directions CIC to begin a series of workshops to help people with learning disabilities and complex needs save energy and money at home.
  • We helped NEPHRA to set up their recycling hub to help reduce plastic waste going to landfill.

You can find more about all of the projects listed above, alongside a load of practical tips, guides and stories from all over Manchester on our website.

On top of all that, we’re also sharing local carbon footprints, online courses and personal coaching to help people unlock their full potential and identify where they can have the biggest impact.

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