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PRESS RELEASE: Accountants celebrate Gold Charter Award‏

PRESS RELEASE:  For immediate release

For further information contact Jill Poet 01702 468387, jill@orbuk.org

 

Accountants celebrate Gold Charter Award

In 2015, RDP Newman Accountants in Southend achieved a Bronze Southend Business & Community Charter Award. Since then they have generally increased levels of community engagement; in particular, they committed to an eighteen-month strategy to support the wonderful Music Man Project. All employees at RDP Newman have enjoyed getting involved in a series of fundraising events and the team effort helped the firm achieve a Gold Charter Award this year.

Senior partner Paul Stafford and his colleague Joanne Upton were presented with their Charter Award certificate by Sir David Amess MP at a networking event at Space 282 in Leigh-on-Sea. The event was sponsored by Jaime Lawson, managing director of Space 282, and raised £333 for local charities.

Events arranged by RDP Newman have so far included a quiz night, name the bear competition and a hamper raffle. But perhaps the most rewarding aspect was collecting a range of musical instruments and ancillary items which were wrapped and presented to the Music Man students at a special Christmas lunch at the firm’s offices in Southend. This year, events will include entering the Colourthon, a Summer Fete / Sports Day, an abseil and more.

Apart from supporting the Music Man Project, the Charter Committee was impressed with the company’s commitment to supporting the local community in a number of other ways. The company supports young people through work experience and apprenticeships and also uses local companies in their supply chain.

For more information about the Southend Business and Charter Awards visit http://www.bccawards.org.uk/Southend or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387.

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Notes to the editor

  1. Pictures show:
  1. Sir David Amess MP presenting Paul Stafford and Jo Upton with a Gold Charter Award certificate;
  1. Music Man students receiving their Christmas gifts at a Christmas lunch at RDP Newman in Southend.
  1. Southend Business and Community Charter Awards are supported by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Southend Association of Voluntary Services, and a number of other local business and community groups.
  1. The Charter Awards are administered by the Organisation for Responsible Businesses. http://www.orbuk.org.uk.

[Leigh Folk Festival – 25th Anniversary] Today we launch our Crowdfunder campaign to raise…‏

Today we launch our Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds to put on‪#‎LeighFolk16‬ and future events.

Leigh Folk Festival has been free for the last 25 years, and we intend on keeping it that way. As the years have gone on, Leigh Folk Festival has grown and the costs of putting on a large scale event have increased.

We are looking to raise £5,000 in 35 days, to maintain the quality and diversity that Leigh Folk Festival so passionately embraces. In return we’ve come up with a number of reward packages to say thanks for supporting this great community event. After all, we would be nothing without your continued support.

Check out the rewards:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leighfolkfestival ‪#‎ThankFolkForYourSupport‬

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Visit the facebook page for more information also.

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016‏

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The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016!

We’re pleased to announce that the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is returning with £350,000 to distribute to community groups across the UK this summer.

It’s part of the continued commitment from M&S Energy to enable more communities in the UK to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.

Over 136 projects entered in the competition last year, generating over 52,000 votes in a close-run campaign, resulting in 21 project winners from around Great Britain benefiting from our fund.

Ed Davey, the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, joined River Cottage founder Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a panel of experts to decide on the 5 additional judges’ discretion prizes.

There’s £12,500 up for grabs in each M&S region across Great Britain to use towards the installation of a renewable technology and generate energy for your community building.

Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

What do I need to do to apply?
Applications open online next week, and you have until 31st May 2016 to tell us all about your project to be in with a chance to win funding.
A tip to support your application preparation:

  1. Make sure Planning Permission or Permitted Development Rights has been approved prior to application
  2. You will need to submit cost quotes from your installer so have this document ready to upload

Find out more.

[SE Essex Organic Gardeners] SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join…‏

SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 16 May at Growing Together Westcliff at 8.00pm.

Nick Mole, PAN UK’s UK Policy Officer, will be talking about the pesticide-free towns and cities movement across the world and how communities are working to help pollinators in the face of government inaction. Nick is running their pesticide-free towns campaign and is on top of the subject
www.pan-uk.org/pesticide-free

Growing Together Westcliff is situated on the corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase. Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG.

Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!

Every year large amounts of toxic pesticides are used in the streets, parks, schools and open spaces of our towns and cities. But it doesn’t have to be this way ……….
PAN-UK.ORG
Visit the facebook page for additional information.

Masterclass event: a new conversation with the centre-right about energy and climate change‏

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Join our masterclass: Wed 11 May, London

Climate change cannot be the concern of a relatively small number of committed environmentalists – it demands a response from across society, and in particular, from across the political spectrum. Climate change is often perceived as a left-wing issue and many on the centre-right have felt alienated from the climate conversation. If we are to break through this political barrier, the values and concerns of centre-right audiences must be adequately addressed when communicating about climate and energy.

This masterclass is designed for policymakers, advocates and campaigners from across the political spectrum whose work involves engaging people on the centre-right with climate and energy issues. Focussed around small ‘c’ conservative values, this interactive and participatory event lead by George Marshall will provide participants with a toolkit for generating constructive conversations and compelling campaigns, based on our growing body of work in this field.

For more details and to register →

Learn more about our Climate Visuals resource and our Faith project

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Images are a crucial part of communication and storytelling. They have the power to reach people in ways that the written word can’t. And yet research into how people interpret and respond to climate change images has been limited to a handful of studies.

Our Climate Visuals project is the first of its kind, filling a critical gap – an evidence-based report into what makes for effective visual communication with an accompanying image library resource.  Last week we ran a webinar presenting our 7 principles for visual climate change communication, which generated lots of interest from participants from across the world.

If you have been using or plan to use the insights from Climate Visuals in your work, please tell us how! We are collecting examples of this project’s impact and would love to hear from you – please simply reply to this email. Thank you very much for your feedback.

Watch our Climate Visuals webinar →

On Monday, religious leaders delivered an interfaith climate change statement to the President of the UN General Assembly at an official event in New York. Faith shapes the values and behaviour of billions of people. We believe that for climate communicators both within and outside faith communities, there is a need to better understand the language that engages people of faith.  Join our webinar on 26 April to find out more about our international multifaith research – in particular, five narratives about climate change that work across faiths.

Register for our faith webinar →

 

Climate conversations: more than magic words

Recently there were some interesting reactions to a paper in Nature Climate Change on the value of framing climate messages. This opinion piece challenged the efficacy of using different frames to communicate climate change – suggesting that ‘magic words’ do not have any effect on people’s deep-rooted values and worldviews.

Framing messages about climate change in ways that resonate with people’s values is one of our key areas of expertise and, we argue, a crucial first step in building wider and deeper public engagement. As we highlighted in our own opinion piece, it’s true that there are no ‘magic words’ – but there are definitely better and worse ways of starting a conversation, and using the right language is about starting a productive dialogue, not ‘winning an argument.’ Change begins with conversations.

Read our blog on framing →

Speaking of conversations, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the figurehead for climate science at a global level, has recently been having discussions about how to communicate their findings more effectively. We attended and contributed to the first IPCC meeting dedicated to communication, where it was resolved to improve the communication of the IPCC’s findings through much closer engagement with communications expertise – a proposal we advocated for and are delighted to see.

Kind regards,
Jamie Clarke
Executive Director

The Dungeon Cafe – Indoor Market

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Southend Soup: Community micro-funding’s post‏

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR MAY SOUP!

SUN, 22 MAY AT 15:00, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Cucumber & Cricket Soup: Micro-funding and fun, with sandwiches

See the facebook page or website for more info.

Estuary Festival

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Estuary is a new, biennial arts festival curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary and presented in culturally significant and historic venues along the Essex and Kent shorelines. An exciting mix of new and existing works will pull together powerful themes resonant to the place, its history, landscape and communities in an ambitious programme of contemporary art, literature, film and music.

See the website or visit the facebook page.

 

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Hi we are the South East Essex local community group of the Womens Environmental Network, we meet monthly to discuss environmental and community issues.

Visit the facebook page for event updates and further information.