Category Archives: Projects

Rooted in Nature at Ormesby Hall

Rooted in Nature is a fantastic project, supporting wellbeing for those referred to us via their GPs, by providing them with advice, care and general guidance, as well as nature-based activities and other such activities to help improve wellness.This image is from some happy participants in the programme, following a quiet walk through Ormesby Hall!

The quiet walk was great for health, both physical and mental, and provided a way to connect with the great outdoors with getting involved in much hustle and bustle!

We’ll be sharing a lot more from this project in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled: This two year project, which started at the beginning of 2022, is definitely working wonders for those who need it most!

Earth Day Action w/ The Friends of Arty Path

An exciting day for CommUNITY Actions & One Planet Pioneers! Our teams have been busy spending the day supporting a new group ‘The Friends of Arty Path’ who would like to restore the historical site into its former glory, and what better day to do it than on Earth Day? Earth Day is celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The friends of Arty Path with the support from MEC projects will be helping to clear the area, planting native flowers & reinstating the path to help it look glorious once again! Local interest has already been fantastic, with over 12 people volunteering on the day and even getting support from the Local Authority, and we would always welcome more! If you are interested in getting involved at similar events, please contact us directly or contact Sue from the Friends of Arty Path at friendsofthearty@outlook.com or visit their group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1757858234396404!

Over 2 TONNES of green wasted shifted, 10 wheelbarrow loads of firewood on their way to the Scouts, and an entire cage van filled with general waste: Definitely a very busy day and, once again, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped take part!

Climate Action Middlesbrough

Climate Action Middlesbrough (CAM) is a programme which aims to facilitate reductions in Middlesbrough’s carbon footprint and encourage a change towards more sustainable lifestyles. In essence, we hope to increase community action across the areas of sustainable food, sustainable transportation, domestic energy, waste and the natural environment, as well as inspiring sustained changes in individual, community and organisational behaviours in relation to climate change.

Middlesbrough Environment City is working with a number of partners on the project including: ACTES, LINX Youth Project, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, The Other Perspective, Thirteen Group and Middlesbrough Council. Over the course of the programme, CAM will engage the wider community through intergeneration activities. Young people are at the forefront of tackling climate change.

Climate Action Middlesbrough is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund through the Climate Action Fund.

Aims and Objectives

We have a number of aims and objectives in this project:

  • To facilitate reductions in Middlesbrough’s carbon footprint.
  • To create a well-informed social movement supportive of tackling the climate crisis, through the combination of education, awareness-raising, increased involvement and connectedness and delivery of practical projects.
  • To create a community – led movement for social change towards a sustainable environment.
  • To enable communities to have a voice on addressing the changing climate.

Middlesbrough’s Green Strategy

Middlesbrough Council is setting out an ambitious 10-year vision to develop a green agenda designed to rise to the challenge of climate change, as well as support and improve biodiversity in and around Middlesbrough. The green strategy will include measures such as the aforementioned biodiversity, as well as increasing recycling rates, addressing health inequalities, providing and sustaining more green transport options, food security and energy reduction, all based around the ten One Planet Living principles to ensure Middlesbrough embodies them.

In doing this, it sets a programme to meet Government targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and make the town more climate resilient to ensure we are prepared and can adapt to changes in the climate, as well as to minimise the environmental impact of Council services in the future.

Broadly, the Strategy has three key aims to meets its obligations:

  1. To make Middlesbrough Council net carbon neutral by 2029
  2. To ensure Middlesbrough as a town is net carbon neutral by 2039.
  3. To make Middlesbrough a lead authority on Environmental issues

Boro Active Explorers

Boro Active Explorers is a free-to-access collaborative project delivered in partnership by ourselves at Middlesbrough Environment City, Community Ventures -and Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, delivering Forest School family sessions, CPD training to volunteers and teachers plus physically-active school holiday sessions to primary age children.

This project is part of the “You’ve Got This“ delivery pilot funded by Sport England, which aims to transform the delivery of physical activity in the South Tees area.

If any families or schools in the Thorntree, Brambles Farm or North Ormesby area would to get involved or find out more they can contact the team via the Boro Active Explorers Facebook page, or call Rachel at Community Ventures on 01642 989254.

These images in particular show the wonderful Johansen-Berg family taking part in a Park-to-Park Walk!

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme

Please contact us to see if you qualify for a grant towards repairs or replacement of your heating system. You may also qualify for free loft and cavity wall insulation. On top of this, you could get help through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

More information on the scheme can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/energy-company-obligation

For Middlesbrough Residents, more information can be found via the following link: https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/planning-and-housing/housing-options-and-advice/fuel-poverty-and-energy-saving

For Redcar & Cleveland Residents, more information can be found via the following link: https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/resident/energy-effiency/Pages/Energy-Company-Obligation.aspx

CommUNITY Actions

The aim of the new project, Community Actions (CA), is to build healthy, resilient lifestyles, as well as self reliance and social cohesion within disadvantaged and less resilient communities of Middlesbrough, using a whole system approach to sustainable living. This will be achieved through a programme of support using the One Planet Living sustainability principles as a tool to help local people deliver community led actions to address poverty and improve communal spaces by realising and building upon their community assets.

There will be two key elements of the project:

1. Empowering people so they are able to use their knowledge, skills and lived experiences to improve their own lives and the lives of others.

This will be achieved through a community developed network of support, activities and training and a peer to peer early intervention model to help people experiencing challenging issues, such as isolation, poor physical and mental health or food and fuel poverty, signposting them to additional support. An active support network of volunteers, residents and stakeholders will be developed, bringing people together within and across communities to build stronger relationships and building social cohesion, more sustainable and resilient communities.

2. It will provide support and resources to community groups to develop their own initiatives or actions which will have a positive impact on the social, environmental and health needs of the community.

This will help to increase people’s sense of investment and involvement in where they live and supporting their community to live more sustainably. This will allow communities to kick start or invigorate existing initiatives, allowing communities to do what they do best; work within their local area and with their peers to deliver effective activities that make a real difference. The actions will come from the community and will be owned and delivered by the community. This will allow people to flourish, with communities utilising the assets they have to deliver change that they want to see happen.